Pohlman Field

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Pohlman Field
Location Beloit, Wisconsin United States
42.535351; -89.00946
Building chronology
Built 1982
First game April 18, 1982
Danville Suns 7, Beloit Snappers 2
Former names
Telfer Park (1981–1987)
Tenants
Beloit Snappers
Capacity
3,501 (Team website); has reported more than 4,200 for baseball (Media coverage)

Pohlman Field in Beloit, WI, was the home of Beloit affiliated baseball from 1982 through 2019. After that, the Beloit Snappers moved into a new downtown stadium, albeit midway through the season.

Until the move, the city owned the ball club - from the beginning, running it as a community recreation project. "We're not out to make money for ourselves," its first general manager said - but eventually both the Milwaukee Brewers (2004) and Minnesota Twins (2012) cited the state of the stadium as a justification for dropping Beloit. Finally, Minor League Baseball told the city to fix the issue by 2020 or lose the team.

Just after a self-stated deadline passed, Pensacola Blue Wahoos owner Quint Studer - who started his career in nearby Janesville, WI - put together a 13th-hour deal that made him team owner in a new, privately financed ballpark - ABC Supply Stadium - that hosted its first Snappers game August 3, 2021.

Opened as Telfer Park in 1982, Pohlman was renamed in 1987 for longtime local baseball coach Harry C. Pohlman. Many folks call the old playpen that, Harry C. Phlman Field, but the main stadium signage reads only Pohlman Field. Only a small plaque delivers the full name.

The Snappers auctioned stadium but not field naming rights in the partial 2021 campaign: as in "Pohlman Field at (blank) Stadium."

The ballpark appears in the film Sugar (2008).