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1 Cole Dr.
Bridgewater, NJ

Stadium Opened:1999
Capacity: 6,100
Dimensions: Left 317 ft.  Centerfield 402 ft.  Right 315 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass

Former Names of Ballpark: Somerset Ballpark, Commerce Bank Ballpark

Parking:

  • Close to the stadium
  • Large Lot which is shared with Bridgewater transit train station has approximately 2,000 spaces.
  • $2

 

 

Food:

  • Wide variety of food (Burgers, cheese steaks, fries, chicken sandwiches, nachos, etc.)
  • Drinks are pricey

 

Seating/Stadium Design:

  • Press box is on the wrong level, in my opinion. It should not be even with the main concourse area, thus blocking out the view on the concourse of homeplate. It should be up one level and even with the luxury boxes. A few other parks make this "mistake' as well (Bridgeport and Wilmington).

  • Useless middle concourse runs through stands, which just allows for it to be used as a "track" or "play area" for kids. Eliminating this concourse in the design of the park would have gotten rid of a lot of the problems with kids running around.

  • New high definition video board installed in 2008, although not used to it's full potential since ads are run on part of it....and also has netting in front of it, thus completely defeating the purpose of a "high definition" screen.

  • Seats with cupholders
  • Picnic areas
  • Luxury suites
  • Lawn seating (“The Turf Club”)
  • Beautiful landscaping around the outside of the ballpark. The ballpark is maintained very well.
  • Team Store

 

Atmosphere/Character:

  • Very clean and well kept park. There were workers walking around before and during the game with dustpans and brooms sweeping up any trash in the concourse area.
  • Ushers and concsession stand workers were friendly and competent.
  • Too many spoiled kids whose parents don't find it necessary to stop their kids from running through the concourse areas and doing anything except actually watch the game that they paid for the children to attend. This could possibly be due to the area that the stadium is located in, which is Bridgewater, NJ where there is a lot of disposable income. The ushers were forced to be correcting kids' behavior rather than doing what their job was intended to be doing. Although, I do feel if the stadium employees crack down hard for a short period of time, progress could be made in this area. The tone needs to be set that there is a game being played and there might actually be people sitting in the stands who care about seeing what is going on.
  • In one of the games that I attended, Commerce Bank was giving away some goodies to fans, which included a beach ball. Ok, first of all....do you really think you can give out beach balls to kids and expect them not to blow them up and toss them around? Of course, this is exactly what the kids did while their parents just sat there watching the game. How about giving out some lollipops next time? You know, something that won't interfere with the game! Is this a baseball game or a carnival?
  • Sound effects are kept to a minimum and do not reach obnoxious levels.
  • New mascot in 2007: "Slider the Cat"
  • Note: Did not see this at my 2011 visit?? - I like the segment of video that is played on the video board at the start of the game that is taken from the movie, "The Patriot". I just wish their mascot had more of a connection to the team's historical name. There is a mascot that is shown on the video screen in a video at times throughout the game whose name is "General Admission", which is actually very clever, but he is not actually at the game. He should be the person who runs the contests on the field in between innings.
  • NJ Transit Train can be seen running behind the outfield wall.

 

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

  • A plaque in the concourse in honor or past Patriots playing in the Majors.

Origin of Team's Name:

  • "The name "Patriots" refers to the Middlebrook encampment where the first official flag of the United States was unfurled, after a law to adopt a national flag had been passed by Congress on June 14, 1777. By special order of Congress, a thirteen star flag is flown 24 hours a day at the Washington Camp Ground, part of the former Middlebrook encampment, in Bridgewater Township." (www.wikipedia.org)

 

 

Overall Rating:

Review based on visits on 8/26/03, 5/17/08, and 5/25/11. Click on the date for game photos.

 

 

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