Rapid City on Expedition League's radar

The Expedition League wants to come to Rapid City.

The college wood bat league is already headquartered in Rapid City and has South Dakota teams in Spearfish, Pierre and Aberdeen but it's no secret that a Rapid City team is a major goal for the organization.

League officials will present their plans to renovate McKeague Field and bring the dream of a Rapid City team to reality to the Rapid City Parks and Recreation board at its meeting Thursday night.

If the plan is approved, renovations will begin in stages almost immediately as the league partners with Rapid City high school baseball and the Black Hills Amateur League to bring the park to a point where it can host over 1,000 fans.

The Rapid City ownership group, still to be revealed, plans to have a team on the field next summer.

"Our intent with the park board on Thursday is to talk about McKeague Field. We've had discussions for quite a while. We've been looking for several years, you know, where do we play here in Rapid City?" Expedition League President Steve Wagner said.

"You know there's a great complex over there so we're going to be talking specifically about McKeague and the improvements that need to be made over there. It's a great, great ballpark, I think a great venue, so that's our intent with the park board meeting on Thursday to lay out our plans."

In addition to Rapid City, the Expedition League is looking to expand into a number of other regional markets, with a goal of over 20 teams at some point. A team in Manitoba is already preparing for play in 2019.