Davey Award (2023)
The Billings Mustangs are the recipient of the Davey Award, from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts, winning the Silver for best corporate identity/brand identity. The Davey Awards is an international creative award focused exclusively on honoring outstanding creative work from the best small agencies worldwide.
The Davey Awards receives nearly 4,000 entries from ad agencies, interactive agencies, production firms, in-house creative professionals, graphic designers, design firms and public relations firms.
McCurdy Cup Award (2022)
The Billings Mustangs are the recipient for the second time in three seasons of the Pioneer League’s McCurdy Cup, recognizing the team demonstrating continued excellence both on and off the field and great generosity in giving back to its host community.
Quad-City Times Readers Choice Awards (2022)
The Quad Cities River Bandits were named "Best Family Entertainment" and "Best Sports Team" by The Quad-City Times Readers Choice Awards.
Quad-City Times Readers Choice Awards (2021)
The Quad Cities River Bandits were named "Best Place to Take an Out of Town Guest" and "Best Sports Team" by The Quad-City Times Readers Choice Awards.
Matt Minker Award (2021)
In March 2022, the Kansas City Royals presented Dave Heller with the 2021 Matt Minker Award, recognizing a minor league employee whose work showcases leadership and dedication to the Royals organization.
Minor League Team of the Year (2021)
In 2021, Ballpark Digest named the Quad Cities River Bandits its "Minor League Team of the Year" for its efforts winning the championship on the field and significantly increasing attendance off the field while also having one of the most far-reaching charitable efforts in Minor League Baseball.
Charity Award (2019)
The River Bandits earned Ballpark Digest's Best Charitable Works Award for the third time in five years in 2019, based on the team's fundraising of $1,100 for area flood relief in partnership with Genesis Health System.
Best MiLB Marketing/Advertising (2018)
Quad Cities River Bandits TV spot called "Kid Inspected, Kid Approved," was named the best TV ad in Minor League Baseball.
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Best Ballpark Improvement - Under $1 Million (2017)
Modern Woodmen Park won Best Ballpark Improvement (under $1 million) in 2017 for adding the double-decker carousel, Wind-Up and Double Play thrill rides, providing unique and super-fun amusement rides to River Bandits fans on both game days and non-game days.
Charity Award (2017)
The River Bandits earned Ballpark Digest's Best Charitable Works Award for the second time in three years in 2017, based on the team's innovative program of donating all of the profits from the many rides at the ballpark to local Quad Cities-based charities.
Organization of the Year (2016)
In 2016, Main Street Baseball was named "Minor League Organization of the Year" by Ballpark Digest, the most respected independent voice in our industry.
Nation's Best Rookie League Ballpark (2016)
Dehler Park, home of the Billings Mustangs, was voted the nation's best Rookie League ballpark by Ballpark Digest.
Best New Food Item (2015)
Wilmington Blue Rocks won the award from Ballpark Digest for "Best New Food Item" for the "Sweenie Donut Dog." The Sweenie Donut Dog begins with a hot dog. Instead of a regular bun, the dog is nestled in a custom glazed donut bun. It’s topped with raspberry jam and with sprinkled crispy pieces of bacon.The Sweenie Donut Dog was a hit in the media: The morning after it was unveiled, ESPN’s Mike & Mike Show called it “The Best Thing on Twitter Today," USA Today named it as one of the best new food items of the 2015 season, and it was covered in media outlets around the world, including Good Morning America, ESPN, and The Washington Post.
Charity Award (2015)
The River Bandits were the first-ever winner of Ballpark Digest's award for charitable efforts, as part of the publication's annual awards.
Nation's Best Single-A Ballpark (2015)
Modern Woodmen Park earned a 5-star rating and was voted the "Best of the Ballparks" in Class-A baseball by fans and readers of Ballpark Digest, which held a bracketed online voting competition of all 30 Class-A venues across the country.
Nation's Best Advanced-A Ballpark (2015)
Frawley Stadium, home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, was voted the nation's best Advanced-A ballpark by Ballpark Digest.
Best Ballpark Improvement (2014)
Providing great views of the ballpark and one of the best Minor League Baseball experiences, the Ferris wheel at Modern Woodmen Park was voted the Best Ballpark Improvement for 2014 by Ballpark Digest.
McCurdy Cup Award (2019)
The Billings Mustangs were the inaugural recipients of the Pioneer League’s McCurdy Cup, recognizing the team demonstrating continued excellence both on and off the field and great generosity in giving back to its host community.
One of the 10 Best Minor League Ballparks (2015)
To open the 2015 baseball season, Livability named the 10 Best Minor League ballparks, and Modern Woodmen Park was among the ten ballparks listed alphabetically.
America's Hottest Spot for Minor League Baseball (2015)
Concurrent with the Quad Cities' recognition as the No. 1 minor league market, the Chicago Business Journal recognized the Quad Cities.
Best Minor League Ballpark in America (2014)
Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits, was voted "the best minor league ballpark in America" by USA Today, named one of the two most beautiful ballparks in the minors.
The Coolest Stadium in Baseball - The Cleat Report (2014)
Citing Modern Woodmen Park's unique setting near the Mississippi River, and occasional identity as a baseball island amid floodwaters, The Cleat Report declared Modern Woodmen Park the coolest stadium in baseball.
One of the Top 10 Minor League Ballparks (2013)
Modern Woodmen Park was named one of the two most beautiful ballparks, and one of the top 10 by Parade Magazine.
#1 Kid-friendly baseball stadium in Iowa (2013)
Trekaroo named Modern Woodmen Park the #1 "Kid-friendly baseball stadium in Iowa" in a 2013 list of minor league baseball stadiums in Iowa.
One of the Top 25 Minor League Ballparks in America (2011)
Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits, was ranked among the top 25 minor league ballparks in America by Bleacher Report.