Waukesha ballpark in the same group as Miller Park and Lambeau Field
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WAUKESHA – Infinity Fields-Five Diamonds, Inc. is a place where kids play baseball, but it’s being recognized for something much different.
The baseball complex has earned the same certification as Miller Park and Lambeau Field, putting the little league fields in the same prestigious group as the big leagues.
It is finally warmer and dry enough for kids to take the field again but as the temperatures rise so does the threat of severe weather. Nine-year-old Brady Henes and his brothers know baseball and thunderstorms don’t make a good team.
“If it just starts drizzling or thunder we still play and then lightning then we just cancel it,” Henes explains to TODAY’S TMJ4’s Jesse Ritka.
But now the ballpark that Brady and the Waukesha Blazers practice at has a plan for when severe storms strike.
“If there's ten thousand people in here and the storm is in Jefferson county, we gotta get them out safely,” Infinity Fields owner Tom Kelenick states.
Kelenick and the other officials completed severe spotter training, established a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center at the complex and developed a formal hazardous weather action plan to meet all the requirements to become a StormReady Supporter, a preparedness program certified by the National Weather Service.
“They're very well prepared for storms, they obviously have a beautiful complex here you don't want to have spectators put in harm’s way, and they have done everything as far as I'm concerned to prepare for severe weather coming into their area,” says National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Rusty Kapela.
Infinity Fields is only the tenth entity in Wisconsin to be certified in the program and only the third sporting complex, joining Miller Park and Lambeau Field, and that is an accomplishment Kelenick can be proud of.
“To think that it’s just us, the Packers and the Brewers is pretty special and obviously I think we're all doing it for the right reasons,” he said.
“If that tornado is spinning up right here near this baseball complex, these people are sitting ducks so they've got to be Storm Ready and that's why the staff members here have been trained to be spotters,” remarks Kapela.
And Kelenick says they will be keeping an eye on the sky and not the ball all season long.
“They can feel safe and know that we're watching,” he explained.
And kids like Brady can focus on their favorite park of the ballpark.
"Batting, yeah, when you can really hit the ball!” he said.