|Chronological Tour: Stop 63|
Mercer County Waterfront Park, Apr-2001.
A view of the seats, luxury boxes, and press box.
From behind home plate, you can see the Delaware River and on into Pennsylvania.
Due to a rough winter, the park’s opening was delayed slightly, and the sod never exactly took that initial season, creating rainouts on evenings when the sky was clear.
That didn’t take away from an outstanding design job, however. The upper concourse is spacious, and the park looks out over the Delaware River. Numerous fly balls each season land in the drink, and several of them are even fair.
In 1999, about 400 seats were added to the park, a feat accomplished by building a few new rows in certain sections. This had the effect of reducing the amount of foul territory in the park, as well as cutting down on the number of dates on which the only tickets available were standing-room.
After spending the 1994 season as a Detroit Tigers affiliate, the club served the Boston Red Sox from 1995 to 2002. Uniform numbers retired by the Thunder include Tony Clark of the Tigers and Nomar Garciaparra of the Red Sox. For 2003, the Red Sox switched their affiliation to Portland and the New York Yankees moved their affiliation from Norwich to Trenton. To commemorate this, the batter’s eye was painted Yankee blue. For a short time, it also featured a painted Yankee Stadium façade along the top; this was in place in June 2004 but gone by August.
The park is about a mile and a half from the Trenton train station, served by Amtrak, NJ Transit, and SEPTA. NJ Transit’s River LINE light rail service, which runs to Camden, has a stop at Cass Street and NJ 129, half a mile from the field, but service is irregular.
The Thunder provide a free roster insert at every game, and the lineups are posted on a whiteboard on the back of the press box. The club generally does a good job posting the name of the batter on the message and video boards, and the announcer is proficient.
There is no wrap-around concourse here; the outfield is taken up by a four-sign-high advertising wall except down the right-field line, where views of the Delaware River are preserved. A new, large-format video board replaced a more conventional display board in right field for 2013, but it takes up the same footprint. There are picnic areas down the lines, but no accessible grass berm.
Except for the area directly behind the press box, the game is visible from the concourse, although one might not expect to see the game while ordering food at the concession stands, as the concourse is wide enough to allow for significant foot traffic.
Concession prices for staples such as hot dogs and fries are reasonable. There are also specialty stands located down either foul line, offering New Jersey-specific items such as sandwiches made with pork roll (a delicacy that originated in Trenton in the late 19th century and remains popular in the state, often called “Taylor ham” for its largest purveyor).
|143||Mon 8-Aug-1994||Eastern||AA||TRENTON 8, Reading 7|
|165||Mon 3-Jul-1995||Eastern||AA||Canton-Akron 6, TRENTON 5|
|203||Sat 20-Jul-1996||Eastern||AA||New Britain 8, TRENTON 1|
|224||Tue 27-Aug-1996||Eastern||AA||TRENTON 4, Harrisburg 3|
|278||Tue 19-Aug-1997||Eastern||AA||Portland 3, TRENTON 2|
|304||Wed 1-Jul-1998||Eastern||AA||Portland 7, TRENTON 6, 10 inn|
|355||Thu 29-Apr-1999||Eastern||AA||Norwich 8, TRENTON 4|
|395||Mon 13-Sep-1999||Eastern||AA||Norwich 7, TRENTON 4|
|402||Sat 8-Apr-2000||Eastern||AA||TRENTON 5, New Haven 2|
|456||Sun 29-Apr-2001||Eastern||AA||Norwich 6, TRENTON 3|
|516||Sun 21-Apr-2002||Eastern||AA||Portland 10, TRENTON 8|
|612||Mon 4-Aug-2003||Eastern||AA||TRENTON 3, Portland 2|
|662||Mon 21-Jun-2004||Eastern||AA||New Britain 3, TRENTON 2|
|683||Tue 3-Aug-2004||Eastern||AA||TRENTON 4, Binghamton 3, 1st|
|684||Tue 3-Aug-2004||Eastern||AA||Binghamton 5, TRENTON 2, 2d|
|738||Tue 14-Jun-2005||Eastern||AA||TRENTON 5, Bowie 1|
|790||Sat 10-Sep-2005||Eastern||AA||TRENTON 3, Portland 2|
|805||Thu 13-Apr-2006||Eastern||AA||Connecticut 5, TRENTON 4, 10 inn|
|851||Thu 7-Sep-2006||Eastern||AA||Portland 10, TRENTON 3|
|861||Fri 6-Apr-2007||Eastern||AA||TRENTON 4, Bowie 2|
|901||Thu 6-Sep-2007||Eastern||AA||Portland 3, TRENTON 2, 13 inn|
|906||Wed 12-Sep-2007||Eastern||AA||TRENTON 3, Akron 2|
|920||Thu 10-Apr-2008||Eastern||AA||Harrisburg 3, TRENTON 1|
|967||Wed 3-Sep-2008||Eastern||AA||TRENTON 2, Portland 1|
|975||Sun 14-Sep-2008||Eastern||AA||TRENTON 5, Akron 1
(Thunder win league championship)
|985||Wed 8-Apr-2009||Eastern||AA||Binghamton 5, TRENTON 3|
|1061||Tue 27-Jul-2010||Eastern||AA||TRENTON 4, New Britain 3|
|1077||Sun 15-Aug-2010||Eastern||AA||TRENTON 3, Harrisburg 2|
|1099||Thu 9-Sep-2010||Eastern||AA||TRENTON 1, New Hampshire 0, 12 inn|
|1104||Sat 18-Sep-2010||Eastern||AA||Altoona 5, TRENTON 2|
|1136||Wed 3-Aug-2011||Eastern||AA||Akron 3, TRENTON 2|
|1180||Thu 5-Apr-2012||Eastern||AA||New Hampshire 5, TRENTON 3|
|1190||Wed 4-Jul-2012||Eastern||AA||New Britain 3, TRENTON 2|
|1241||Sat 15-Sep-2012||Eastern||AA||Akron 6, TRENTON 1|
|1261||Sun 4-Aug-2013||Eastern||AA||TRENTON 4, Reading 3|
|1291||Thu 5-Sep-2013||Eastern||AA||TRENTON 2, Binghamton 1|
|1303||Thu 3-Apr-2014||Eastern||AA||New Hampshire 6, TRENTON 0|
|1322||Sun 27-Jul-2014||Eastern||AA||TRENTON 7, Binghamton 3|
|1380||Wed 17-Jun-2015||Eastern||AA||TRENTON 6, Reading 5|
|1470||Tue 2-Aug-2016||Eastern||AA||TRENTON 11, Hartford 4|
|1490||Sat 20-Aug-2016||Eastern||AA||HARTFORD 3, Trenton 1|
|1515||Thu 8-Sep-2016||Eastern||AA||TRENTON 9, Reading 4|