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Aberdeen High School Stadium

Aberdeen, MD

Home of the Aberdeen Eagles

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Aberdeen High School Stadium (map it)
251 Paradise Rd
Aberdeen, MD 21001


Aberdeen Eagles website

Aberdeen High School Stadium website

Year Opened: 1951

Capacity: 2,000

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Fly Like An Eagle

Aberdeen High School has been in existence since 1907. Since then, it has seen some interesting alumni pass through its halls, such as former Administrator of NASA Michael Griffin, February, 1987 Playboy's Playmate of the Month Julie Peterson and animal rights lawyer Steven M. Wise.

But the school is more known for its sports alumni.

Cal Ripken, Sr. helped the baseball team win three county championships and go undefeated in 1952, as well as playing soccer for the school. The school's baseball field is named in his honor. His sons Billy and Cal, Jr. also both attended the school, and Cal, Jr. was drafted out of here by the Orioles in the second round of the 1978 MLB Draft. We obviously know that he and Billy both did quite well in the majors. The Ripken family currently runs the nearby Aberdeen Ironbirds minor league baseball team and Ripken Experience youth baseball complex.

Former Los Angeles Rams and Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Irv Pankey, San Antonio Spurs player Gary Neal and former NFL and CFL player Dondre Gilliam attended here, as well. Most recently, former Minnesota Vikings linebackers Erin and E. J. Henderson played at the school, and both moved along to the University of Maryland.

Aberdeen High School is also the home to the prestigious Science and Mathematics Academy (SMA). The SMA program provides students with opportunities to experience coursework in science, mathematics, and technology while emphasizing research applications. SMA takes good advantage of the local scientists and researchers at nearby Aberdeen Proving Ground. SMA’s unique four-year class called Science Research and Technology prepares students for college, by way of a research capstone project.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    2

There is a very small and basic concession stand run by volunteers and sometimes members of other athletic teams from the school. Pizza is $2 a slice, soda/water/Gatorade/chips/candy are $1 and beef jerky is $0.50.

A Kona-Ice truck attends most games and bumps up the offerings a bit. They offer shaved ice, and patrons can make their own flavor combinations in a self-serve area attached to the truck.

Occasionally, some other food vendors make an appearance to add to the food offerings. The local Chick-fil-A may also be on hand allowing you to spin a wheel for food prizes.

Atmosphere    4

Aberdeen High School plays in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference (UCBAC). UCBAC comprises the public high schools in Harford (which is where Aberdeen is located) and Cecil County. Local rivals are the Edgewood Rams, Havre de Grace Warriors and the C. Milton Wright Mustangs.

There is one main set of grandstands on the north side, which is considered the home side. A very small visiting grandstand is on the opposite side of the field. A very small, antiquated-looking press box is at the top of the main stands.

In 2013, the Aberdeen High School Stadium had a grand re-opening of the field, which was replaced with a synthetic surface. The field is also used by the soccer, field hockey and lacrosse teams of the school. Additional remodeling efforts should be done very soon, as the whole complex has gotten a refreshing makeover.

The school has a very good marching band that usually has a very good halftime show. They also play during the game to keep the excitement going. Cheerleaders and a very good dance team will likely be on hand, as well.

Neighborhood    3

Aberdeen is a center of business activity. Olive Tree (1005 Beards Hill Road) is a better version of a well-known Italian chain, while Mamie's Cafe with Love (939 Beards Hill Road) is an old-school Baltimore-style restaurant that offers free desserts with all meals. Super Chicken Rico (690 South Philadelphia Blvd,) is another choice with which you can't go wrong.

The Chick-fil-A at 1001 Beards Hill Road has been extremely popular since its recent opening. Expect to see many Aberdeen fans here pre and postgame.

Venture into nearby Havre de Grace, and the options expand dramatically. Try Laurrapin Grille at 209 N Washington Street (Havre de Grace, MD 21078). Other food options in Havre de Grace include the Tidewater Grille and Vineyard Wines. Washington Street Books, Bahoukas Beer MuZeum and GreenJoy are all interesting shopping options in this quaint waterfront town. If you do go to Havre de Grace, make sure to stop at the elegant Concord Point Lighthouse.

Fans    4

The fans here are pretty standard high school fans. The high school kids run and socialize without paying much attention, but the older fan base is engrossed in the action.

The fans here love to make homemade sound devices such as putting rocks in a liter bottle. They are loud and knowledgeable about the game. But the most important thing is that they are a friendly bunch of people.

Access    4

I-95 runs right next to town, which means that access from there and State Route 22 (a major road across the ever-growing Harford County) is strong. The school is off of Paradise Road, which is not a major road, so expect some traffic, especially after the game. Most people will turn right after the game towards Route 22 so it will take a bit of time, so be patient.

There is plenty of parking on both sides of the school and at the nearby Center for Educational Opportunity (253 Paradise Road). Another good option is to park at Bakerfield Elementary School, located behind the stadium at 36 Baker Street.

Return on Investment    4

Tickets are $5. Parking is free.

The prices are very reasonable, and even though food is a bit so-so, nothing will bust your wallet much. So you do get a great value for your money.

Extras    1

This is a pretty basic high school facility for the Maryland area, but make sure to take a look at nearby Cal Ripken, Sr. Baseball Field, located directly behind the home grandstand.

Final Thoughts

Maryland is not a state that has a huge football legacy. Aberdeen has been one of the most successful athletic schools in the area, but Aberdeen High School Stadium will not wow you, in terms of a physical facility. Their engaged crowd will be the thing that will wow you with their exuberance.

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Mamie's Cafe  (map it!)

939 Beards Hill Rd

Aberdeen, MD 21201

(410) 273-8999

http://www.mamiescafewithlove.com

The Olive Tree Italian Restaurant  (map it!)

1005 Beards Hill Rd

Aberdeen, MD 21001

(410) 272-6217

http://www.marylanditalianrestaurant.net

Super Chicken Rico  (map it!)

690 S Philadelphia Blvd

Aberdeen, MD 21001

(410) 272-2203

http://www.yelp.com/biz/super-chicken-rico-aberdeen

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