As we were passing by going north of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, I got took this photo of the home of the Normal Cornbelters.
The Cornbelters who are in the independent Frontier League, have one of the more original names for a ballpark, in my opinion. It’s called “The Corn Crib”.
My city-dwelling friends are snickering already. I know it. But as a farm kid who had a “corn crib” not too far away from the house, I think it’s pretty cool.
The Corn Crib is officially sponsored by the Illinois Corn Farmers. In this day and age of sports sponsors that consist of wireless phone companies, soda drinks manufacturers, and insurance companies, that’s a little refreshing in my opinion. Note the tractors out front of the stadium.
For those University of Illinois sports fans, the Cornbelters have declared August 26th, “Illini Night” and have even convinced men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber to come down and throw out the first pitch. There’s added significance since the Cornbelters will be playing a team in the vicinity of Weber’s former team, the Southern Illinois Miners. More info at the Normal Cornbelters website.