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Bob Turtle Smith Stadium

College Park, MD

Home of the Maryland Terrapins

2.9

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Bob Turtle Smith Stadium (map it)
Fieldhouse Dr
College Park, MD 20740


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Year Opened: 1956

Capacity: 2,500

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The University of Maryland, College Park, was founded in 1856. It is recognized as the flagship school of the University of Maryland system.

The University of Maryland has traditionally been known as a basketball school. As a longtime member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the university has seen a great deal of basketball success under coaches such as Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams, even winning a national championship in 2002.

The baseball program has not had as much long term success. But there has been a major resurgence, with the team doing extremely well and advancing as far as the Super Regionals of the NCAA tournament in 2014. Now a member of the Big Ten, the hope is that recent success will continue to push the team forward.

Opened in 1965, this stadium was named for legendary Maryland baseball figure Bob "Turtle" Smith. The original field is named after former Maryland baseball coach, Burton Shipley. A recent renovation fixed the once uneven turf surface.

2.9

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 simple concession stand located at the top of the grandstand, within view of the game. There is nothing exciting there and it is a simple affair.

Hot dogs ($3), pretzels ($3) and popcorn ($3.25) are the staple items, although Cracker Jacks, sunflower seeds and peanuts can all be bought as well. Pepsi products are the chosen drink brand and are on sale for $3.

Atmosphere    3

The stadium is sunken into a hillside next to Maryland stadium, the school's football field. This is at the center of campus, near the Stamp Union.

The field itself is a Sportexe Synthetic Turf, including the "dirt" areas. This replaces the mismatched and uneven turf and grass field that was here until a recent renovation. Traditionalist will not like the turf surface.

The seating area is pretty simple. There are bleachers that run from the first base side around to the third base side. There are pillar supports that line the top of the stadium that provide for a nice look and feel.

Neighborhood    3

The neighborhood is a mixed bag. Bob Turtle Smith Stadium is in the middle of the campus so no businesses are directly nearby. The Terp Town area to the west of the stadium gives the fans entertainment and festivities to enjoy pregame. Also located nearby is the Stamp Union, where you will see many a fan enjoying a pregame meal or buying shirts at the campus bookstore. The Maryland Dairy Ice Cream store here is a nice place to go ahead of the game.

The town of College Park is located directly south of the campus along U.S. Route 1. RJ Bentley's Filling Station, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Jimmy John's, Ledo's Pizza, and Five Guys are all good options in this "downtown" area. Looney's Pub and Bobby's Burger Palace are two other great options and are located in The Varsity building (8150 Baltimore Ave) north of the downtown area and may be even closer to the stadium if walking. Nando's PERi-PERi is a new addition to the area and offers their legendary butterfly-cut, flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken. I prefer the half chicken with the medium PERi-PERi sauce and a side of Macho Peas.

The Sheraton College Park North Hotel at 4095 Powder Mill Road in nearby Beltsville is the best lodging choice, but it is not in walking distance to the campus.

You will always have the dizzying array of Washington DC options to choose from. The College Park Station of the Washington Metro is close by and is your best bet for getting to DC as the traffic and parking situation is not ideal.

Fans    3

As with most college baseball stadiums in this part of the country, the bulk of the fans tend to be family or friends of both teams. There will be some local fans who just happen to stop by for the game as well. With the stadium's location at the center of campus, there tends to be fans, especially students who will stop in upon seeing a game is going on.

The fans are very knowledgeable and can be quite loud.

Access    3

The University of Maryland is not far from the Washington Beltway, but it is just far enough away that getting to the stadium is not too easy. U.S. 1 and University Boulevard are full of traffic lights and will be very full of traffic, even on non-game days.

The public garage in downtown College Park is always an option, as well. It is pretty well priced, but a bit of hike to the stadium. It will put you in a prime spot for post game food and beverages.

If travelling to the game via the Washington Metro, get off at the College Park Station and take the shuttle directly to the stadium.

Return on Investment    3

Tickets range from $5 to $10 and cannot be bought in advance. Seniors and youth can get in at cheaper prices. University of Maryland students get in for free by just showing their student ID.

Depending on the game day and time you may have to park in a local garage for an hourly rate. For weekend games it is recommended that you park in lot 1, located at the north part of campus near Ludwig Soccer Field for free, and make the short walk over to the stadium. It is recommended to check the Terrapins Athletic website to see if there are other events happening on campus for the day and time you wish to attend.

Extras    3

The pillar supports on the grandstand give a classic look and feel to the stadium. Make sure to get them into some of your pictures.

Another extra is for the view into the neighboring football stadium. Bob Turtle Smith Stadium is located right next door and offers nice views into that facility.

One should stop and look at historic Cole Field House, which is currently being renovated into an indoor facility for the football team. The renovations will include the Terrapin Performance Center, which will serve as the headquarters for the Maryland Terrapins football team. The center will include an indoor practice field, strength and training facility, locker rooms, meeting rooms, and offices for the coaching staff. The NCAA Tournament Final Four was first held here in 1966 between Duke, Kentucky, Texas Western (now Texas-El Paso), and Utah. Texas Western (which started all black players) upset Kentucky's all-white team 72-65 before 14,253.

Final Thoughts

Bob Turtle Smith Stadium is a simple but nice stadium located at the center of Maryland's large campus. The decent prices and high caliber of play in the Big Ten Conference makes this facility a good stop for baseball fans.

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Crowd Reviews

Shipley Field Revealed

Total Score: 3.29

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

Even though the University of Maryland is the largest and by far most athletically prominent school within the Old Line State, Maryland Terrapins baseball still does take a considerable back seat at the school and in the state to the likes of Terps football and Terps basketball. Part of the reason may be because the program's best days are, at this point, far in the past. Terrapins baseball has not made an NCAA Tournament appearance since 1971. Still, despite the on-field struggles, the Terps do treat their fans to a good experience during their home games at Shipley Field.

Opened in 1965, Shipley Field holds 2,500 fans and puts together an interesting combination of synthetic turf in the infield and bermuda grass in the outfield. While the stadium isn't the easiest to find and the seats don't do too much as far as comfort, Maryland Terps baseball winds up and fires a good experience for fans who are looking for some intimate, competitive baseball.

Fear the Turtle

Total Score: 3.29

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 4

The University of Maryland, College Park, was founded in 1856. It is recognized as the flagship school of the University of Maryland system.

The University of Maryland has traditionally been known as a basketball school. As a longtime member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the university has seen a great deal of basketball success under coaches such as Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams, even winning a national championship in 2002.

The baseball program has not had much long term success. But there has been a major resurgence, with the team doing extremely well in the 2014 run towards the College World Series. Now a member of the Big Ten, the hope is that a new conference membership, teamed with the 2014 success will continue to push the team forward.

Opened in 1965, Shipley Field has a combination of synthetic turf in the infield and grass in the outfield. The facility was additionally named for legendary Maryland baseball figure Bob "Turtle" Smith. The original field is named after former Maryland baseball coach, Burton Shipley.

Fans, show up on time

Total Score: 3.43

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 1

The school tries their best to make the games a fun experience with music, sound effects, a few games, and free giveaways. This does make a game fun and does have a minor league feeling to it. One thing hurting the environment is the fans. While I was impressed with the number of fans that showed up, many were just showing up as the 3rd inning was underway. Also while many appeared to have interest in the game, they made few efforts to show it. There was some cheering, but not on the level you would hope when the home team had complete control of the game start to finish.

Turtle Power

Total Score: 2.86

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

The University of Maryland Terrapins (or the Terps) are known for a lot of things, but college baseball usually isn't the first on the list. A predominantly basketball school and home to some crazy college football uniforms, Maryland has of late been home to a winning baseball program. After a 43-year absence, Maryland advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2014 and even made it as far as the Super Regionals. A second appearance in 2015 signaled that this program has the potential to have some degree of staying power.

Shipley Field at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium has been home to Terps baseball since 1952, receiving the additional Shipley Field moniker in 1956 for longtime basketball coach Burton Shipley. Squarely in the middle of campus, the stadium has seen plenty of ups and downs for the Terps over its 60-plus years without much overall success. But success may be on the horizon.

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