Home to Dickinson Babe Ruth leagues, Dickinson Roughrider Legion and Jr. Legion teams, Dickinson High School, Dickinson State University, and the Badlands Big Sticks, Dakota Community Bank & Trust (DCB&T) Ballpark is the vehicle for providing family entertainment and strong community involvement all year round.
Located at 240 2nd Street NE, the newly renovated ballpark features a turf infield and offers a new backstop net system, newly renovated stadium seating, and newly renovated team dugouts as well as restrooms and concessions.
As the 80 year old facility aged and deteriorated, DCB&T agreed to partner with the Dickinson Baseball Club, Inc and Dickinson Parks and Recreation to help restore the community staple. With a 10 year commitment solidified, ballpark enhancements such as the new stadium seating, concrete walkways as well as improvements and upgrades on the fencing, dugouts, bathrooms, concessions and netting were made. The ballpark now has a seating capacity of over 1,100.
DCB&T has been involved in the Dickinson Baseball Club for the past 15 years with various employees that served as board members to the non-profit organization. The purpose of the club is to benefit local youth and their families, which parallels DCB&T’s community focus. “The Club’s mission is to assist in raising funding to keep the cost of our youth baseball programs down so that it is affordable athletic option for all youth in and around our community,” recalls Jason Hopfauf former vice president of the Dickinson Baseball Club.
The Badlands Big Sticks are a summer collegiate wood bat baseball club that was a charter member of the Expedition League in 2018. “By providing funding for the improvement at DCB&T Ballpark, we were not only improving the facility for our youth teams but also creating an environment that the whole family can enjoy at the Big Sticks games,” says Hopfauf.
The updated ballpark paired with the two year old Badlands Big Sticks as well as the many other community events held at the facility, there has been an influx of over 50,000 fans to the ballpark in just the past two years alone. To foster growth of the game of baseball, as well as a love of the game in Dickinson and the surrounding communities, there seems to be nothing but growth for the future of Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark as well.
Written by Lindsey Hefta, Marketing Director