The Quad City Riverbandits hope to return to John O’Donnell Stadium July second. The team has been out of the stadium since mid-April when floodwaters from the Mississippi River first threatened the facility. Since then the team has been playing “home” games in Clinton or at a community college in Moline. Owner Kevin Krause calls the financial impact “significant”. He says they haven’t had any revenue coming in since April 15th.Despite having no home stadium the Bandits have remained in the first half chase in the Midwest League’s western division standings and are currently second, five games behind Kane County. Krause says it is difficult to say if a home field would have meant an even better record this half.Having been without baseball for so long Krause hopes the fans respond when the stadium re-opens. He hopes there’s a pent up desire for baseball among fans who’ll then come out to see the games when they return.Krause has sold the team to investors in Cleveland, Ohio. The new owners will keep the team in Davenport next year before moving it into a new stadium is suburban Cleveland in 2003.
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