Big Top Sports and Entertainment!
The Nation’s Leader in Summer Collegiate Baseball, Professional Soccer, and Beyond!
Big Top Sports and Entertainment is the nation’s leader in summer collegiate baseball, operating four Northwoods League (NWL) franchises in the state of Wisconsin. BTSE owns and operates the Madison Mallards, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, Kenosha Kingfish, and Green Bay Booyah. The organization holds every national attendance record for summer collegiate baseball and drew more than 375,000 fans to its ballparks in 2014, almost 400,000 fans in 2015, and over 550,000 fans in 2016 and 2017 across all venues.
Big Top Sports and Entertainment has won more Northwoods League Organization of the Year awards and Executive of the Year awards than any other organization. In 2014, Big Top was rewarded the Ballpark Digest Organization of the Year. After winning the NWL Summer Collegiate Word Series in 2015, the Kenosha Kingfish were named the Organization of the Year. Continuing the story of excellence, the Rafters won the NWL Collegiate World Series in 2016 and GM John Fanta was named NWL Executive of the Year.
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.
Starting in 2018, Big Top Sports and Entertainment is also leading the charge in bringing professional soccer to Wisconsin. With the launch of Forward Madison FC, they started to bring to life their state-wide vision for soccer in Wisconsin. As a member of USL League One and another team in Green Bay, part of USL League Two, they will forge the path for professional soccer.
Big Top Sports and Entertainment also manages Breese Stevens Field, located in downtown Madison. This stadium was built in 1926 and since then has hosted numerous events. Now a turf field, Breese is home to local football, la crosse, and soccer teams, as well as the brand new Forward Madison FC and the Madison Radicals ultimate frisbee team. Under Big Top management, the facility has become a year-round venue used for national concerts, community festivals, and more. In its first year of operation under BTB, Breese Stevens welcomed 85,000 people through the gates.
BTSE also produces the annual Festival Foods Shake the Lake event. Originally known as Rhythm and Booms, this large-scale fireworks show has grown to be a full-day event managed by the Mallards. The event takes place downtown Madison and features the state’s largest fireworks show, shot from barges on Lake Monona. In 2018, the fourth year of the event managed by BTB, over 90,000 people attended.