Rovaniemi Förenta, or simply Rovaniemi, are a baseball team based in Rovaniemi, Reykjaholar, Koana Islands, situated 80 kilometers south of Omfattandestad. The club was established in autumn 1894 as an offshoot of the local association football club by Calle Eriksson, a prominent Rovaniemi local. They were founding members of both the Nationella Basebolligan and Division Ett.
In the autumn of 1894, recognizing the growing popularity of baseball, Calle Eriksson spearheaded the establishment of a baseball team as an offshoot of the existing Rovaniemi Förenta Fotbollsklubb, now defunct. Inspired by the sport’s dynamic nature and the potential to engage the local community, Eriksson gathered like-minded individuals to form the new club.
Led by Eriksson, Ekorrarna (The Squirrels) thrived during its formative years, witnessing consistent growth and development. The club successfully drew talented players from the local region, capitalizing on the soccer club’s pre-existing popularity to generate enthusiasm for baseball. With a focus on regular training sessions and exhibition matches, the team diligently refined their skills and nurtured a profound sense of camaraderie among its members.
Rovaniemi’s entry into the professional leagues was by sheer luck, with Calle Eriksson meeting with good friend and BK Salau owner Ole Kreuger in a pub called Wirströms in 1896 at the same time as Niclas Nordin and other owners of the newly formed Nationella Basebolligan were meeting to finalize rules for the inaugural season. After introducing themselves to the group, Kreuger was invited to join the NBL to put a foothold into Omfattandestad, however and Eriksson and Rovaniemi Förenta were refused due to the smaller size of Rovaniemi. After Ole Kreuger refused to join the league until Eriksson’s club was formally invited, the other owners agreed and allowed both clubs to join.
The club plays at Enbacken Grunder which is located outside of the city in a forest, giving the club the Ekorrarna nickname for the abundance of squirrels in the area. As you approach the stadium, you are greeted by a picturesque landscape of rolling hills and lush greenery. Tall trees provide a natural canopy, casting cool shadows on sunny days and adding to the tranquil ambiance.
Outside the main stands is a series of well-manicured walking paths that wind through the surrounding parkland. These paths offer a leisurely stroll for spectators who wish to take in the beauty of the surroundings before or after the game. Benches and seating areas are thoughtfully placed along the paths, providing spots for fans to relax, chat, and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
The ballpark is known for giving up lots of home runs, albeit batting averages and especially triples are quite low by comparison to league averages due to it’s fairly uniform outfield and 10-foot high walls.
The teams plays in red and white.