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Official Review by Marc Viquez, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Campbell’s Field debuted in 2001 and serves as the home of the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League. It was the last new ballpark built in the state of New Jersey. The 6,425-seat stadium offers spectacular views of the Delaware River, Ben Franklin Bridge and the Philadelphia skyline. The ballpark’s construction was designed to spark urban renewal in the city of Camden and along with the aquarium and amphitheater that shares the stadium’s parking lot, makes for a pleasant destination to visit.
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The Riversharks provide a lot of local flavors at the ballpark. The Philadelphia Pretzel Factory offers their famous Philly style pretzels. Chickie's & Pete's, a Jersey Shore tradition, offers a bucket of French fries with Old Bay seasoning for only $7 - perfect for families and the number one selling item during games.
Turkey Hill ice cream, which is becoming available in parts of the country at Kroger supermarkets, is served along with another area delicacy, the cheesesteak. It should be mentioned that the cheesesteaks in Philadelphia and South Jersey differ from other locales across the nation.
More options include burritos, churros, chicken tenders, hot dogs, burgers and a Budweiser bar that features $1 beers on Tuesday nights.
If you are not enjoying your day at the ballpark, do not blame the Riversharks. They have made sure that your stay during the game is fun, friendly and safe. First and foremost, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in the outfield is the star of the ballpark. Its presence is looming, magnificent and one of a kind in professional baseball. It is hard not to stare at this massive bridge that stretches across the Delaware River or take a photo at the ballpark without a portion of it being in the background. It is one of the best outfield views in professional baseball.
The children's area is another star attraction and if the kids do not enjoy baseball, perhaps they will enjoy the climbing wall, bouncy slide, and jungle gym. The carousel on the third base line and next to the funnel cake stand is another area for your kids to pass the time during the game. Also, when tickets to Monday games for kids are only $3, this might be the best way for your kid to release some energy. Adding to the ambiance is the official team store that feature replica jerseys ranging from $20-$30, ball caps, and products for the kids.
The ballpark itself is similar in design to Trenton's Arm & Hammer Ballpark and Somerset's TD Bank Ballpark, but is somewhat smaller and cozier. Visitors do have to walk up stairs from the entrance to the main concourse, but one should pay a visit to the South Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame. A very small area is packed with baseball nostalgia from jerseys, seats, photos and buckets of baseball rubbing mud that is harvested nearby in Palmyra, New Jersey. And with Major League All-Star Mike Trout being from the area, the hall of fame could grow in stature in the foreseeable future.
Camden is often known as dangerous place to visit. However, one should never distain traveling to a game at Campbell's Field, since the ballpark is right off the highway and Philadelphia is located a few miles away. The ballpark is located along the riverfront and shares a parking lot with the Adventure Aquarium and the outdoor amphitheater Susquehanna Bank Center. Located just outside of the ballpark is Victor's Pub, which is a fast and easy way of enjoying a drink or bite to eat before or after the game.
Philadelphia is only a quick drive over the bridge and once in the city, you can visit several great places for a bite or brew including Yards Brewing Company, Philadelphia Brewing Company, Tony Luke's (the best cheesesteaks in town), and Marabella Meatball Company. These are just a few of my favorite places, but the city offers endless possibilities including historical venues, museums, and other places to wine and dine.
There were not a lot of fans at the game that I attended and it was a head scratcher. The game night featured $1 hot dogs, churros, popcorn, sodas and beer and this should have been a slam dunk night to get the locals out. Do not blame the Riversharks. They have created a great template for fans to venture out for a night of baseball.
The ballpark shares a massive lot with the aquarium and amphitheatre and costs $5, about $2-$3 more compared to other ballparks in the state. However, since the area outside of the ballpark is somewhat blythe, the price of parking is well worth the peace of mind when heading back out after the game.
The ballpark is off of I-676 and easily accessible from I-295 and the turnpike in New Jersey. If coming from Philadelphia, cross the Ben Franklin Bridge off of I-95 and the ballpark is visible from the bridge. There is plenty of signage to aid the motorist, but if coming from Jersey, beware of your GPS. It has told motorists to cross the bridge into Philadelphia and that could provide headaches and cost you $5 in tolls.
Ticket prices on game day are $13 and $14 for the two levels of grandstand seating between the third and first base lines. The family section tickets are a much better bargain at $5. Tickets for seniors and children in the 200 level are $9 and peanut free zone prices are $13. These prices are aligned reasonably with the rest of the Atlantic League, but it seems like a $10 price point for at least one section in the ballpark would be reasonable.
Campbell's Field provides one of the best views in professional baseball. The Ben Franklin Bridge is gorgeous to stare at and without it, the ballpark would lose a lot of its aesthetic appeal. The variety of food deserves an extra star and so does the kids zone, one of the best that I have seen in my travels.
Member Review by JVerlin
Although Camden is a city of its own (population 77,000), it really serves as a large suburb of Philadelphia. Yet, in the shadow of the behemoth that is the Philadelphia Phillies, an independent league team has carved out a niche in the New Jersey town. The Camden Riversharks were founded in 2001, and have played all 11 seasons at Campbell's Field, situated right on the Delaware River.
The view when you enter the stadium is breathtaking - the Benjamin Franklin Bridge dominates the backdrop, with the Philadelphia skyline just over the 3rd-base seats. This way, Camden fans feel more of a connection to the baseball-crazed town of Philadelphia. Citizens Bank Park might be the professional standard of baseball stadiums, but the sister city to Philly might have set the minor league standard in its own right.
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