|Chronological Tour: Stop 196|
Walking in to Campbell’s Field, May-2001.
A unique section of grandstand, for private parties, nestles among the sky boxes.
The Ben Franklin Bridge dominates every view, and downtown Philadelphia is visible from some angles.
The new ballpark in Camden celebrates none of that history. However, the easiest approach to it is via Cooper Street, and every seat in the park has a dramatic view of the Ben Franklin Bridge, a grand structure that helped put the ferries out of business. This view – which also includes downtown Philadelphia from the extreme end of the grandstand in right field (that’s all they could do owing to the necessity of avoiding sun glare problems for the batters) – is the best feature of an otherwise copycat park that succeeds in being a pleasant place to watch a game.
Campbell’s Field – named for the flagship brand of the Campbell Soup Company, a longtime Camden industry – shares some design features with the nicer 1990s minor-league parks in the state, such as Trenton, Atlantic City, and Somerset. Seating is in a split lower level, with a concourse halfway down the seating bowl dividing “lower boxes” from “upper boxes”. As with most of these parks, they aren’t truly box seats, but glorified field-level reserved seats. An interesting touch is that the upper deck, which is generally sky boxes, includes two small grandstand areas for larger parties.
Concessions were reasonably priced, but originally the ticket pricing was very affordable. That changed, but it was possible to gain a $2 discount on $14 and $13 tickets by purchasing in advance. Parking, originally $2, shot up to $6 by 2014, and it was collected by the city, not the team, which had no control and was not permitted to reduce the fee as an incentive (or so a team official told me).
Mounting attendance woes and failure to market the team well after its original owner, Steve Shilling, died in 2003 eventually led the Riversharks to fold after the 2015 season. The New Britain (Conn.) Bees replaced the Riversharks in the Atlantic League roster, playing at just-vacated New Britain Stadium. The baseball team from the nearby campus of Rutgers University will continue to use the park for the foreseeable future.
|458||Sun 13-May-2001||Atlantic||Ind.||CAMDEN 4, Lehigh Valley 3|
|507||Fri 7-Sep-2001||Atlantic||Ind.||CAMDEN 14, Somerset 5|
|566||Fri 6-Sep-2002||Atlantic||Ind.||CAMDEN 5, Long Island 1|
|601||Fri 25-Jul-2003||Atlantic||Ind.||CAMDEN 13, Nashua 0|
|652||Wed 17-Sep-2003||Atlantic||Ind.||Somerset 3, CAMDEN 0|
|707||Tue 24-Aug-2004||Atlantic||Ind.||CAMDEN 14, Newark 5|
|731||Sun 26-Sep-2004||Atlantic||Ind.||Long Island 4, CAMDEN 3|
|777||Wed 24-Aug-2005||Atlantic||Ind.||CAMDEN 11, Newark 3|
|856||Sat 16-Sep-2006||Atlantic||Ind.||Road Warriors 2, CAMDEN 1|
|866||Tue 3-Jul-2007||Atlantic||Ind.||CAMDEN 3, Road Warriors 1|
|976||Wed 17-Sep-2008||Atlantic||Ind.||CAMDEN 9, Long Island 1|
|1034||Mon 7-Sep-2009||Atlantic||Ind.||York 4, CAMDEN 2|
|1076||Sun 15-Aug-2010||Atlantic||Ind.||Bridgeport 9, CAMDEN 1|
|1169||Fri 9-Sep-2011||Atlantic||Ind.||York 5, CAMDEN 4|
|1222||Wed 22-Aug-2012||Atlantic||Ind.||Somerset 6, CAMDEN 4|
|1290||Wed 4-Sep-2013||Atlantic||Ind.||CAMDEN 3, York 2|
|1327||Sat 2-Aug-2014||Atlantic||Ind.||Somerset 7, CAMDEN 6, 1st|
|1403||Thu 13-Aug-2015||Atlantic||Ind.||Somerset 8, CAMDEN 4|