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401 North Delaware Ave.
Camden, NJ

Stadium Opened: 2001
Capacity: 6,425
Dimensions: LF- 325 ft.  CF- 405 ft.   RF- 325 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass
Former Names of Ballpark: None

Parking:

  • Parking was $3.00 and is close to the stadium

 

Food:

  • Hot Dogs were the most economical ($2.50)
  • Fries, Nachos, Soda, Beer, Chicken sandwiches were also available at the concession stands.

 

 

Seating/Stadium Design:

  • Sections were clearly marked
  • 100’s field boxes
  • 200’s upper boxes
  • All Seats seemed close to the field and have a great view
  • Some seats have cupholders
  • Kids play area

 

Atmosphere/Character:

Campbell’s Field is situated adjacent to the Delaware River waterfront on the border of NJ and Philadelphia.  The stadium is clearly the best thing to hit the Camden area.  It is located in a run-down section of Camden next to several abandoned buildings.  It is evident that the city of Camden is doing their best to renovate the waterfront area and make the area more attractable.  Building Campbell’s Field may have helped steer them in the right direction.  Despite the eye-sore buildings on the way into the park, once inside the stadium the view from your seat is picturesque.  The stadium is located right next to the Ben Franklin Bridge, which is seen over the outfield walls.  The waterfront can be viewed from the 3rd base side of the stadium. 


The atmosphere during the game was surprisingly filled with excitement, especially considering the Riversharks are part of the Atlantic League and are not affiliated with a Major League team.  The stadium was filled with a family atmosphere and that was evident with the in-between inning contests on the field.  Between almost every inning was a contest.  For example, the shopping cart contest, race between Finley and a fan around the bases, football throw to knock down beer kegs, and the dizzy bat race.  The most unique contest was the Best Beard Contest.  Can’t say I have ever seen that at a stadium before!  The stadium also had the ever popular “Dirtiest Car in the Lot” contest, among several contests including looking for a signed ad by a Rivershark in your program. 


The PA announcer did his best to incite the crowd with his call, “It’s Shhhhhiiiiiaaaaaark Attack Time” before every Camden at bat.  He had a busy job announcing all the players and keeping up with the various contests in between innings, and was always on the move throughout the game.
As far as sound effects, the stadium had the usual “Charge” cheer and played “We Will Rock You” throughout the game.  During pitching change time, the Beatles favorite, “Help” was played, which I always consider to be a necessity during that time. 
Overall, for an independent league ballpark, I think this stadium is probably one of the best that I have seen. I have noticed that the city of Camden is continuing to make improvements to the surrounding area since I first visited this stadium in 2002.

 

Recognition of Team's History and/or MLB Affiliate:

  • Nothing that I recall.

Origin of Team's Name:

The name "Riversharks" refers to the location of Camden on the Delaware River, as the primary logo incorporates the Ben Franklin Bridge that links Camden to Philadelphia. (www.wikipedia.org)

 

Overall Rating:

Review is based on my visits on 5/26/02 and 7/10/08.

 

amanda@baseballstadiumreviews.com