La Crosse Loggers: Zero positive COVID-19 cases traced back to Copeland Park

Loggers Baseball Club celebrates a successful, safe 2020 season

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – A very unique season for the La Crosse Loggers Baseball Club is behind us, but the organization could be a precedent for other sports venues in the future.

A total of zero positive COVID-19 cases have been tied back to Copeland Park this summer.

There was plenty of uncertainty as to whether or not the venue would welcome any fans back this year. But with support from the community, the season was able to continue safely.

“The people that made it all happen are things that are going to sit with me for a very long time,” said General Manager, Ben Kapanke. “Our staff that kind of rolled with all the punches for us, the Parks and Recreation department and the leadership they provided us to be able to get to this point of getting games on the field was a huge part for us. Our players, our coaching staff, our host parents all played a major part of our success this year – success being that we had games played with fans in attendance.”

Many sports franchises and teams, from the high school to professional level, are facing difficult decisions on how to keep players and fans safe in order to return to the playing field. For the Loggers, they found a way to successfully bring both fans and players back.

Kapanke says the remarkable feat of zero COVID-19 cases at Copeland Park games requires an incredible amount of thank yous.

“We’re just very grateful, very blessed to call this place and community our home,” Kapanke said.

Now the Loggers are getting recognition for different season stats.

The Loggers were able to complete a 50 game schedule, including 24 home games at Copeland Park

22,669 total fans were in attendance for an average of 945 fans per night

25, 751 temperatures were taken – including all fans, players, coaches and staff members that entered the ballpark

15 brand-new sanitizer stations were installed

55 hard-working staff members that brought Loggers baseball back to life

The La Crosse Loggers Baseball Club saw a different kind of success this season, but hope that 2021 looks more like what it did for the first 17 years of it’s operation.