Kevin Costner's baseball team still needs home

Sat, Jun 5

ZION, Ill. -- The inaugural season for Kevin Costner's minor-league baseball team is playing out like a Hollywood script.

Here's the scenario: Independent league baseball team begins its season with 20 road games, while back home the front office scrambles to find a place for the team to play.

That's the reality facing Costner's Lake County Fielders of the Northern League. The franchise was expecting to have a temporary field finished in time for their June 11 home opener, but construction delays have pushed the finish date to July 2.

"It was always a possibility that the stadium wouldn't be ready in time," manager Fran Riordan said. "You just have to make the best of whatever situation they throw at us."

If they build it, will the fans come?

"The first year may be a learning experience for everyone," season-ticket holder Joyce Campbell said. "As long as the community supports the team, there will be a future for baseball in Lake County."