The Quad Cities River Bandits, a Single A affiliate of St. Louis, which switched affiliation in 2005, play at Modern Woodman Park, previously John O'Donnell Stadium which was originally built in 1931 and was completely redone in 2004 except for the exterior, with seating for 4,024. The attractive brick exterior has arched windows. Inside there are blue seats below a wide concession concourse, except for the 4 sections of General Admission down the 3rd baseline that are backless aluminum bleachers. Above the concourse is the press box and suites. There is a party deck on the third base end of the suites, grass seating is right field, a picnic area beyond the first base seats, and a kids' area beyond that. They have planted a very small cornfield at the end of the 3rd baseline. You can walk all the way around the field. Mr. O'Donnell was the sports editor for the Times-Democrat newspaper. The Mississippi river is just beyond right and center fields. The setting of the stadium is really nice with a great view of the Mississippi River and Rock Island, IL across the river. There is a train track with regular trains outside of the stadium on the third base side. Sometimes you can see a large tugboat pushing long lines of barges up or down the river. You have a spectacular view of the multi-arched Centennial Bridge to Rock Island.. The River Bandits were playing the Dayton Dragons and lost 12-8. The box score was Dragons R-12, H-15, E-0. and River Bandits R-8, H-23, E-0. The field lines are RF-318', CF-400', LF-343. The mascot is Rookie the raccoon. One picture shows a late inning meeting on the mound. The right outfield fence shows the individual batter stats. We attended the game with Andrea's niece on her right and next her sister and brother-in-law. In between inning activities include the dizzy bat race with crutches added and two contestants connected by bungee cords who are trying to throw something into large wastebaskets. Eric Estrada of CHIPS TV fame threw out the first pitch and signed autographs.
Attractions
Moline, IL John Deere Pavilion showcases vintage and modern-day John Deere equipment. Free.

Rock Island, IL Black Hawk State Historic Site was named for the warrior who led the Sac and Fox Indians in the Black Hawk War. John Hauberg Indian Museum on Watch Tower Hill displays American Indian relics, including a wickiup, or hut. Donations.

Rock Island Arsenal is the government's largest manufacturing arsenal. The museum houses an extensive col-lection of military and civilian firearms. Free