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Official Review by Richard Smith, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Towson University is the second-largest public university in the State of Maryland. Located just north of Baltimore, it is home to approximately 21,000 students, of which 18,000 are undergraduates.
In 2014, the Towson football team played for the Football Championship Subdivision National Championship, falling short to North Dakota State. The basketball team has also had scattered success over the years, most notably in the early 1990’s under coach Terry Truax, with guards Kurk Lee and Devin Boyd in the old East Coast Conference. The Truax-led teams made it to two straight NCAA tournaments in 1990 and 1991.
Towson is also known for their impressive gymnastics program. They have been the 1968 AIAW Division II National Champions, 1995 and 1998 USA Gymnastics NIT Champions, 3-time Calloway Invitational Champions, 15-time ECAC Champions and 2007 USA Gymnastics National Champions.
Baseball has had some success over the years. But recently it has come close to being axed by the university. Only some last minute donations and an agreement with the state kept the program alive. Unfortunately the team has not been doing well on the field, but there is hope for the future.
John B. Schuerholz Park is named after the 1962 graduate of what was then Towson State College. You may know the Baltimore native more as the the team president of the Atlanta Braves. He served as the General Manager of that team from 1981 to 1997.
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There is a simple concession stand located in the base of Schuerholz Park. Hot dogs are $2.50 with sodas and bottled water available for $3. Gatorade ($3.50), candy ($2.25) and chips ($1.25) round out the menu.
The menu is not very deep, but the value is decent. Fans can always bring their own outside food as no one will stop them.
Baseball was played on this site before 2001. But the creation of Schuerholz Park made it more official. The simple bleacher laden grandstand extends between the dugouts, behind the home plate area.
Many fans also like to sit on the hill next to nearby Burdick Hall. You have a great view of the field from there and will not be obstructed by netting.
There is also a new place to watch the game. Towson University has beefed up the walking path towards the West Village part of the campus. West Village is where many residence halls exist, so there has been a need to make this path safer, including a wide footbridge across busy Osler Drive. The eastern end of this bridge sits right next to Schuerholz Park and it offers a raised platform to watch baseball games.
Now that more students live in West Village than in previous years, the hope is that more students will stop in and watch games as they pass by.
There is a PA system and announcements and music are played. Free roster sheets are given out at the stadium.
The stadium also sits right at the corner of Towsontown Boulevard and Osler Drive. The main view past the outfield wall is the traffic at that intersection. Luckily the general view is not all that unattractive as there are plenty of green trees there as well.
There is nothing right by the stadium, except for the University Union. You could also walk to Bill Bateman's Bistro at the corner of York and Cross Campus Boulevard (7800 York Rd).
Even though you may have to drive for other places, Towson is a semi-urban environment with a very large shopping mall and numerous restaurants in the area. Try the Charles Village Pub (19 W Pennsylvania Ave) in the heart of downtown Towson for good food and drinks. Some other great options are The Crease (523 York Rd), Glory Days Grill (1220 E. Joppa Rd), Sushi Hana (6 E. Pennsylvania Ave), and Zia's (13 West Allegheny Ave).
Baltimore is also a quick drive away. Check out the Federal Hill neighborhood, south of the Inner Harbor. There are a few fun restaurants and bars here. Abbey Burger Bistro is one great choice (1041 Marshall St, Baltimore, MD 21230). The beer selection is good, and they offer a dizzying array of burger choices, which are all likely to satisfy.
Fans at Schuerholz Park tend to primarily be family or friends of the players. What this means is that weekend and later afternoon games will be busier than early afternoon weekday games. In weekday games you will more likely get students stopping in and watching a game on their way to class or back to the dorm.
It just means you will see an inconsistent level of fan interaction. The fans who do attend really care about the game and are extremely knowledgeable.
Towson is located right off the Baltimore Beltway/I-695. The only negative is that Towson is a maze of roads getting to the Osler and Towsontown Boulevard location of the baseball field.
There are a couple of large parking garages in close proximity, with the Union Garage right behind the stadium.
Parking is free and plentiful, but expect more of an issue on weekday games.
The price, free, is certainly reasonable. And you will probably not have to pay for parking. So, the value is certainly good.
The team plays Division I baseball in a very strong athletic conference (Colonial Athletic Association or CAA) so there is an opportunity to see some very strong baseball talent at a low cost.
There are really no extras at the stadium. But one should walk around the campus of Towson University and see the ever growing school. But don't forget the older parts of campus, especially the hidden outdoor gem called the Glen. Once hidden after many years of neglect, this wonderful outdoor area has picnic groves and interesting spaces for exploration.
John B. Schuerholz Park is a pretty simple baseball stadium. But the low cost of attendance at a game with pretty high level of talent means that this baseball stadium is a good value for the fan.
Member Review by Chris Slade on Jun 05, 2013
The official name of Towson's baseball venue is the John B. Schuerholz Baseball Complex. You might recognize John Schuerholz as a pretty accomplished fellow; he is a 1962 Towson alumnus and a former member of the baseball program, who currently serves as the team president of the Atlanta Braves. Schuerholz also provided a large donation to the university to help build the facility, as well as leading the efforts to raise the money to do so.
The capacity of spectators in the bleacher area behind home plate is about 500. The complex officially opened in 2001, and there is no charge for attendance.
7800 York Rd
Towson, MD 21204
19 W Pennsylvania Ave
Towson, MD 21204
1220 E Joppa Rd
Towson, MD 21286
6 E Pennsylvania Ave
Towson, MD 21286
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