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Modern Woodmen Park

formerly John O'Donnell Stadium (often just JOD)
originally Municipal Stadium

Modern Woodmen Park (formerly John O'Donnell Stadium) has hosted the Quad Cities franchise of the Midwest League since the team joined the MWL in 1960. This ballpark opened on May 26, 1931, and has been rebuilt and remodelled several times--including a thorough renovation in 1989. The entire facility, except for the stadium shell, was rebuilt from scratch before the 2004 season.

John O'Donnell Stadium hosted Midwest League All-Star Games in 1964, 1968, 1975, 1980, 1982, 1990, and 2006.

Flood Notes:
JOD has experienced at least three major floods--in 1965, 1993, and 2001. The Bandits played several games at North Scott High School after the Great Flood of 1993 inundated the ballpark. A few games were also held at other MWL ballyards. The Bandits played several games at Black Hawk College during the 2001 flood, then moved to other MWL parks (mostly Clinton) until JOD was restored.


[John O'Donnell Stadium; Davenport, Iowa]
Photograph by Joel Dinda, May 19, 2003.


Source of Name: Modern Woodmen of America is a Davenport-based fraternal life insurance association. John O'Donnell was the sports editor of the Quad City Times during the 1940s and 1950s. The ballpark's name was changed on May 27, 1971, and again on December 12, 2007.



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New
31oct02
Changed
31aug10
Major Change
6dec09


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Directions

  • Exit I-80 at Brady St
  • South on Harrison to River Drive
  • Right on River Dr.
  • Ballpark is at the corner of S Gaines St. and River Dr., next to Centennial Bridge.

Or follow these directions from the Bandits Website.


Ballpark Characteristics

  Left Center Right Seating
                    6,280  (1960)
  335  402    315   6,800  (1961)
  350  370    314   8,500  (1962)
  345  380    314   8,500  (1964)
  350  380    314   8,500  (1965)
  350  390    314   8,500  (1969)
  350  380    314   8,500  (1970)
  350  380    350   8,500  (1972)
  314  385    314          (1987) [!]
  330  380    330   8,500  (1988)
  340  390    344   5,400  (1990)
  340  380    340   5,600  (1991)
  340  390    340   5,200  (1992)
  343  400    318   4,024  (2007)

Attendance Record

  Year Attendance
  1979     89,256
  1980    103,445
  1981    134,142
  1982    157,960
  1983    185,677
  1984    124,788
  1985    153,414
  1986    116,062
  1987     60,999
  1988    115,459
  1989    191,825
  1990    204,889
  1991    242,322
  1992    250,745
  1993    103,797
       many of these games played in other parks
  1994    260,471
  1995    257,501
  1996    209,513
  1997    130,932
  1998    153,886
  1999    145,734
  2000    137,351   
  2001    129,961
       many of these games played in other parks
  2002    117,559
  2003    132,973
  2004    173,370
       this was effectively a new ballpark
  2005    165,878
  2006    146,688
  2007    148,773
  2008    207,048
  2009    236,401


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