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Official Review by Richard Smith, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
The John Hopkins University has one of the most storied programs in the sport of college lacrosse. The team was founded in 1883 and has won 44 national championships including nine NCAA Division I titles (1974, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1987, 2005, and 2007), 29 USILL/USILA titles, and six Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association titles.
The Johns Hopkins University was named after its first benefactor, the American entrepreneur, abolitionist, and philanthropist Johns Hopkins. And yes, his name was “Johns”, not “John.” Don’t look like an outsider by pronouncing it wrong.
The university is one of the most recognized colleges in America. 36 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with Johns Hopkins over the years. Famous departments in the university include the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the Peabody Institute, the Applied Physics Laboratory, and and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. There is also, of course, the world famous affiliated medical hospital campuses as well.
The Johns Hopkins University's sports teams are called the Blue Jays. The rest of their teams are Division III, but the lacrosse teams are Division I. Starting in 2016 the Blue Jays men's team is now an affiliate of the Big Ten Conference, joining Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Rutgers.
Homewood Field opened 1906 and is also the home of men's and women's soccer, field hockey and football for the university.
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There are no permanent food stands at Homewood Field. The school does sell peanuts and sodas in roving carts.
What makes up for the absence of any permanent stands are the food trucks. Five or six trucks are at the north end of the stadium and offer a pretty amazing variety of food, especially for a sports event. Some of the best bets are the flatbread pizza at Pasta La Vista Baby, the jalapeno burger at GrrChe Cafe, anything at the Miss Twist ice cream truck, the Irish cheesesteak at Slainte and the Elvis Got The Blues burger at Chowhound.
There is also a tent selling hot drinks, although they may run out if it is cold and rainy like the game I attended.
I have heard Homewood Field referred to as "the Yankee Stadium of Lacrosse." That may be an overstatement (never mind that the new Yankee Stadium is hardly legendary either), but this is a facility that has hosted some of the greatest lacrosse players ever.
Homewood Field does have one of the best lacrosse atmospheres in the sport. If you are a fan of this sport, you must attend games here in Homewood.
Johns Hopkins does have a small pep band as part of the atmosphere.
The University is located in the Charles Village and Homewood neighborhoods of Baltimore.
The Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame, governed by US Lacrosse, is located adjacent to Homewood Field.
The Dizz is a great little neighborhood bar around the back end of campus. It was featured often in the Food Network show Ace of Cakes, since Charm City Cakes is located across the street from them. There are numerous other bars and restaurants in the Charles Village area where Hopkins is located, such as Charles Village Pub, Gertrude's at the BMA and One World Café.
The Baltimore Museum of Art, or BMA, is located right next door to campus. Try and stop by and see some of the great masters of art. It is a real treasure of a museum. And it makes quite a unique pre-game ritual.
Baltimore is a great metropolitan city, with many fun and exciting places to spend time both before and after a game. Relatively close to the stadium is the Mt. Washington neighborhood that straddles I-83 South (known as the Jones Falls Expressway, or the JFX, by locals). The Mt. Washington Tavern (5700 Newbury Street) is an excellent restaurant with both a fine food and bar food type of menu. The place is large, and there always seems to be room for more. Parking is the biggest problem here, so it would be worth paying the nominal valet charges. Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys (5100 Falls Road) is the closest hotel, and has a new and exciting lobby restaurant that is another option.
Right down the street is Miss Shirley's Café at 513 W Cold Spring Lane. Their fried green tomatoes are quite tasty. They are also quite well known for their breakfast offerings.
Also close to Johns Hopkins is the Hampden neighborhood, with its variety of quirky shops and restaurants. A favorite of mine is Ma Petite Shoe Café (830 W 36th St.).
The Johns Hopkins lacrosse fans are arguably the most knowledgeable in the sport. Even in driving rain, like the one at the game I attended, they show up in force. They understand every detail and minutiae of what is happening on the field of play.
The stadium is not far from the Jones Falls Expressway (I-83). Take the Coldspring Lane exit east and go south on Roland Avenue and it is a short drive to the university.
There is paid parking around the stadium and campus.
Tickets are $12 to $15 with kids and seniors getting in for $10. You will see a pretty high quality of lacrosse being played so the prices are quite reasonable.
You will see the history of Johns Hopkins lacrosse on display in this stadium when you see the banners and trophies all around. The sense of lacrosse history is pretty evident.
The Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame is a must stop and visit if you are a lacrosse fan. On display are photographs, art, vintage equipment and uniforms, trophies, as well as other memorabilia and artifacts relating to the sport of lacrosse. Exhibits are also found on the Members of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. A little known piece of lacrosse trivia is that football great Jim Brown is also enshrined in the Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
The Baltimore Museum of Art is a great place. The highlight of the museum is the Cone Collection. That collection includes works by artists including Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, Manet, Degas, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Renoir.
While Homewood Field is not on a par with other lacrosse venues such as the Carrier Dome, Johns Hopkins' status within the sport and the location of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame right next door to the stadium make Homewood Field worth a visit for any lacrosse fan.
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