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Official Review by Gary Herman, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
Johnny Unitas Stadium, formerly known as Minnegan Field from 1983-2002, is a football, lacrosse, field hockey and track and field stadium which is the home of the Towson University Tigers of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).
The sports complex underwent a massive renovation from 1999-2002 when they added 6,000 seats to bring the capacity to its current figure of 11,198.
In 2008, they upgraded the playing surface from astroturf to fieldturf. In addition, they installed a Daktronics High Definition LED video and scoring system called Tiger Vision in the end zone.
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The concession stands consisted of a few on the north side and a few on the south side of the stadium.
They offered some local favorites such as a crab cake sandwich with cole slaw for $10. They also served Maryland Crab soup for $5 and crab pretzels for $5. In addition, they served a Pit Beef and/or a Pit Turkey sandwich with cole slaw for $7. Furthermore, they had a pulled pork BBQ sandwich for $5 along with Ocean City style fries for $3. Moreover, they had classic fare in the form of burgers, sausages, hot dogs (regular for $3.50 or corn dog for $3), nachos, Italian hoagies, subs and pizza in the $5-6 price range. As for beverages, they sell Pepsi products. Since it's a college venue, no alcohol was served.
It was very hard to get a gauge on this because the night I was there, the weather was horrible. I saw the Tigers take on nearby rival, the University of Delaware Blue Hens (where Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco played). I expected a near capacity crowd to be there, but mother nature decided to give us a sneak preview of winter which prevented people from making the trek to the game. Of course, it didn't stop me.
With that being said, the people who were in attendance were into the game despite the howling winds and intermittent precipitation that was falling in the form of light rain and/or snow during the game. The weather however didn't stop a few buses of people from Delaware as they made the short 58 mile journey down the road to see the game.
The stadium is located on the campus which is a few miles from the Charles Street exit off of the Baltimore Beltway I-695. When you get off the exit there are no commercial businesses in the surrounding area. With that being said, I strongly suggest if you don't want to spend money in the stadium on food that you stop somewhere on the way there or eat beforehand. But with the quality food offered at Johnny Unitas Stadium, that may be your best option.
It was a hard to get a good take on the fans because of the weather conditions on this given night. I know the student section was the place to be as they were into the game from start to finish. I sat on the south side directly opposite them on the north side so I could see them enjoying themselves throughout the game even though the Tigers came up on the short end of the scoreboard.
Towson University is located in the northern suburbs of Baltimore City, just 15 minutes from the nationally acclaimed Inner Harbor and five minutes from the picturesque Maryland countryside.
As long as you know how to drive, getting to and from the stadium isn't too difficult, but it's a few miles from the highway. General parking is free and it's a short walk to the stadium from there.
Bathrooms are situated on each side of the stadium so they're easy to find.
As far as the price of admission goes, if you decide to attend a Towson Tiger football game at Johnny Unitas Stadium, you won't break the bank. If you plan ahead of time you can get a better deal since they offer a discount for purchasing tickets in advance.
The ticket prices for adults are $15 day of game and $12 in advance. If you happen to bring a child with you they charge $12 day of game and $8 in advance.
In addition, if you can round up a group of 20 or more people, you'll receive a substantial discount.
Those are your options, you can decide what works best for you.
Based on my experience, if the weather was better when I was there, I would have enjoyed myself even more as would have the rest of the crowd on hand. The band and the student section always enhance my college game day experience.
Despite the lousy weather, I did notice a number of people tailgating in the parking lot before the game. It seemed like a very festive atmosphere out there.
The stadium was the host for the 2008, 2009 & 2010 NCAA Division One Women's Lacrosse Championships.
Lastly, the stadium has a team store where you can buy souvenirs to remember your Towson Tigers game experience.
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