The Cedar Rapids Kernels are a Class A minor league baseball team which is based in Iowa. It is affiliated with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and plays in the Midwest League. In 1962, Cedar Rapids team was awarded a Midwest League franchise in 1962. The team’s first home ballpark was the original Veterans Memorial Stadium which got opened in 1949. The new Veterans Memorial Stadium was completed for the opening of the 2002 season, as the old one was demolished after the 2001 season.