About Big Top Sports and Entertainment
Big Top Sports and Entertainment is the nation’s leader in summer collegiate baseball, professional soccer, and more! With four Northwoods League franchises in the state of Wisconsin, two USL League soccer teams, and a top-notch events venue, Big Top leads in all things. Big Top Sports and Entertainment owns and operates the Madison Mallards, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, Kenosha Kingfish, Green Bay Booyah, Forward Madison FC, and the Green Bay USL team. The organization holds every national attendance record for summer collegiate baseball and projects to draw more than 350,000 fans to its ballparks in 2014. Big Top has won more Northwoods League Organization of the Year awards and Executive of the Year awards than any other organization. Big Top has teams in three of Wisconsin’s four largest cities and places a focus on affordable, family entertainment and strives to play an integral role in each of its communities.
Madison Mallards, since 2001
The Mallards hold every national attendance record for summer collegiate baseball, averaging more than 6,100 fans per game. When compared to more than 260 minor league franchises at all levels, the Mallards rank 22nd in the nation outdrawing many affiliated AAA and AA teams. More than 220,000 people flocked to the Duck Pond in 2013. The Mallards won the 2013 Northwoods League Summer Collegiate World Series and play in the premiere facility in summer collegiate baseball at Warner Park. In 2014 the Mallards had a total of 214,849 total fans, averaging 6,139 fans per game making the Mallards the leader in summer collegiate baseball attendance.
Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, since 2010
The Rafters have dominated summers in the Wisconsin Rapids area for the past four years averaging nearly 1,400 people per game in a stadium that seats 1,500. Despite being located in the second smallest market out of 18 Northwoods League teams, the Rafters rank 8th in the league in attendance. The Rafters play at historic Witter Field. In 2014 the Rafters had a total of 47,631 total fans, averaging 1,323 fans per game.
Kenosha Kingfish, since 2014
The Kingfish play in Wisconsin’s fourth largest City and in a market with more than 500,000 within 30 miles of the stadium. The Kingfish play at the newly renovated, historic Simmons Field that has recently undergone $1.2 million in improvements. At the team’s logo unveiling more than 1,000 people braved the 18 degree temperatures and 20 mph wind to attend the Kingfish’s first event. In 2014, the Kingfish had a total of 72,838 total fans, averaging 2,207 fans per game. The Kingfish were ranked #8 in all of summer collegiate baseball. In five years of Northwoods League baseball, the Kingfish have sold out 90% of their games.
Green Bay Booyah, since 2013
Big Top Sport and Events took over operation of the Bullfrogs in November, 2013. The new management has conducted community listening sessions and working to build relationships in the community. Big Top Green Bay is one of only three franchises in Northwoods League history to average more than 2,000 fans per game for nine consecutive games. Big Top believes the best days of baseball are ahead of us in Green Bay. In 2014, the Bullfrogs had a total of 42,902 total fans, averaging 1,192 fans per game. This is a 30% increase from the previous year with a total of 31,041 with an average of 913 fans per game. In 2018 the Green Bay Bullfrogs rebranded as the Green Bay Booyah, an ode to the city’s history and culture, to correspond with the building of their new stadium, Capital Credit Union Park.
Forward Madison FC, since 2018
Big Top Sports and Entertainments first foray into professional soccer was announced in May of 2018 with the decision to start a USL League One team in Madison, WI. The Forward Madison FC brand was officially unveiled in November of 2018 and met with a lot of support and excitement from their Supporters group, The Flock. The team’s home opener will take place on April 27 at Breese Stevens Field.
Green Bay USL League 2, since 2018
With the announcement of the brand new Capital Credit Union Park came the announcement of a brand new USL League 2 soccer team in Green Bay. Owned and operated by Big Top Sports and Entertainment, this amateur team will play 14 total games.