Chronological Tour: Stop 65

Hadlock Field

Exterior of Hadlock Field, May-2010.

The Exposition Center is visible beyond the right-field line.

From behind the plate on a pleasant Sunday afternoon.

Quick Facts: Rating: 4 baseballs
Baseball had made a prior appearance in Maine during the 1970s and 1980s, when the Maine Guides played in Old Orchard Beach, about ten miles south of Portland.

In 1994, with Eastern League expansion, Portland got one of the two slots, and this high school baseball field, squeezed in between the Exposition Center, the football field, and the railroad tracks, was expanded into a professional facility.

The combination worked, as the Sea Dogs have been one of the top-rated clubs in the league year after year. The club just missed drawing 400,000 fans to its 1998 campaign, after leading the league in attendance when they opened four years earlier.

The scoreboard is now inside the Maine Monster.
Another boost to the Sea Dogs’ fortunes came in 2003, when, in a series of affiliation shifts in the Eastern League, the Sea Dogs became an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Shortly thereafter, the Sea Dogs modified the park, installing the “Maine Monster”, a replica of the left-field wall at Fenway Park, as well as additional seating in right field that now blocks the view of the adjacent football field.

Hadlock Field is named for Edson B. Hadlock, Jr., who coached the Portland High School baseball team from 1950 to 1978.

Game # Date League Level Result
146 Sat 20-Aug-1994 Eastern AA PORTLAND 2, Harrisburg 0
319 Fri 31-Jul-1998 Eastern AA New Haven 5, PORTLAND 1
1055 Sun 30-May-2010 Eastern AA PORTLAND 8, New Britain 4
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