|The Swing of the Quad Cities, a Single A affiliate of Minnesota, play at John O'Donnell Stadium which was orginally built in 1931 and was completely redone in 2004 except for the exterior, with seating for 4,024. The attractive brick exterior has arched windows. Inside there are blue seats below a wide concession concourse, except for the 4 sections of General Admission down the 3rd baseline that are backless aluminum bleachers. Above the concourse is the press box and suites. There is a party deck on the third base end of the suites, grass seating in left and right fields, a picnic area beyond the first base seats, and a kids' area beyond it. You can walk all the way around the field. Mr. O'Donnell was the sports editor for the Times-Democrat newspaper. The Mississippi River is just beyond right and center fields. You have a spectacular view of the multi-arched Centennial Bridge to Rock Island, IL just beyond right field which is lit up after dark. The Swing was playing the Cedar Rapids Kernels. The Kernels were ahead most of the game, then the Swing tied it up in the 8th, but then lost 7-4. The box score was Kernels R-7, H-7, E-1 and Swing R-4, H-8, E-1. The field lines are RF-318', CF-400', and LF-343'. The Muscatine, IA Children's Choir sang the national anthem. The Swing was renamed from the Quad City River Bandits with the opening of the new stadium. They still have a raccoon mascot Rookie and have added Clyde the orangutan as a second mascot. Since this is John Deere country they have a kid's tractor race on John Deere pedal tractors as a between inning activity. Attending the game with us was our nephew, Ben. From most of the stadium you can see the tugboats doing their job pushing barges up and down the Mississippi. 3,080 fans enjoyed the comfortable weather, 84 degrees at the beginning of the game. We would like to thank Eileen Conners, Ticket Manager, for the great seats, three rows back and directly behind home plate. 2007 affiliate of St. Louis Cardinals.
John Deere Pavilion showcases vintage and modern-day John Deere equipment. Free.
Rock Island, IL
Black Hawk State Historic Site was named for the warrior who led the Sac and Fox Indians in the Black Hawk War. John Hauberg Indian Museum on Watch Tower Hill displays American Indian relics, including a wickiup, or hut. Donations.
Rock Island Arsenal is the government's largest manufacturing arsenal. The museum houses an extensive collection of military and civilian firearms. Free