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Musselman Stadium

Gettysburg, PA

Home of the Gettysburg Bullets Lacrosse

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Musselman Stadium (map it)
300 N. Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325


Gettysburg Bullets Lacrosse website

Musselman Stadium website

Year Opened: 1965

Capacity: 6,176

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Gettysburg's Lacrosse Address

Gettysburg College is a private, four-year liberal arts college founded in 1832. From its founding until 1921 it was known as Pennsylvania College.

Author Jerry Spinelli, Carson Kressley from Bravo TV’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” and former Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul are graduates of the college.

The area is more known for the July 1st through 3rd 1863 military engagements, as well as Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The area is very busy nearly all times of the year as tourists flock to the battlefields, as well as the commercial endeavors that surround the area.

Sports teams at the college are known as the Bullets and there are 24 NCAA Division III men's and women's teams. The Gettysburg College women's lacrosse team won the Division III National Championship in 2011. The Bullets play in the Centennial Conference.

Men’s lacrosse has been very good under Hank Janczyk, who has been the coach since 1988. Janczyk ranks second in NCAA history in men's lacrosse coaching victories and has seen them make 23 appearances in the NCAA Division III playoffs. Since he has been a coach they also have never had a losing season.

Their stadium, Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium, is also home to the school’s field hockey, football, and men's and women's outdoor track & field. It was dedicated in September 1965 with a ceremony attended by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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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    0

There is no permanent food stand at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium. That is a bit shocking because of the relatively large sized facility. There may be some temporary stands open depending on the game and time.

Atmosphere    3

The stadium is quite large. That can make the atmosphere seem a bit more subdued than needed, except when a large crowd is in attendance.

The field is also surrounded by a track that means fans will be a bit further from the action.

There are two grandstands, but the east side one is more often just used for football games, and is temporary looking in construction. The west stands are permanent. They are pretty simple concrete stands, with simple metal bleachers attached to them. The west stands are also quite large with a good number of seats.

The team is well supported and the atmosphere is pretty good.

Neighborhood    5

Gettysburg is a great small town. There is almost always traffic in the town as tourists flock to the area all of the year. In summer months it can be almost unbearable to drive through the area, so make note of that.

Because so many people travel in the area expect to see numerous food options. But not all of them are good so make sure to check reviews so that you do not waste time in tourist dumps.

My favorite restaurant choices are Hunt's Battlefield Fries, Tommy's Pizza and The Garryowen Irish Pub. The fresh cut fries at Hunt's is a must.

A couple of homestyle options are Hoss's Steaks and the Lincoln Diner. You can't go wrong with their simple, but tasty offerings.

There is also a very good outlet mall right outside of town called The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg. With no taxes on clothing in Pennsylvania it is a popular attraction on its own.

Fans    3

Lacrosse fans across the region are very knowledgeable. With the success of the Bullets lacrosse team over the years expect no less here at Gettysburg. The fans here do expect the best, as they have been accustomed to that.

Access    3

Gettysburg is close to many things. Washington, DC is 75 miles away and Baltimore is 55 miles away. The main east-west road through Gettysburg is U.S. Route 30, and U.S. Route 15 runs south towards Frederick, MD and Washington DC, as well as north to Harrisburg, PA.

The only real problem is the traffic in the area. The college is located in a small neighborhood north of downtown and it won't be very hard to get to the college, but expect to venture on many small roads to get there. Parking is usually pretty OK, but the larger the event more likely that parking will be at a premium. You can always park downtown and walk to campus.

Return on Investment    5

Lacrosse games are generally free, although they could charge for some larger games. Parking is also free, unless you had to park downtown. Either way the value and return on investment is very good here at Gettysburg College.

Extras    5

There is a nice veterans memorial just outside of the stadium. Stop in and think of those who gave all to this nation before seeing a game here. It will be well worth the visit.

The architecture of the college is worth noting. Make sure to wander around and see the marvelous buildings on campus. The John F. Jaeger Center for Athletics, Recreation, and Fitness is a pretty spectacular architectural building with its unique glass tower.

The Gettysburg Battlefield and all that surrounds it is worth a couple stars in itself. Yes it is a tourist attraction, but one must stop in and see. There is a multitude of historical markings, statues and attractions in the area.

Besides being on hand upon this stadium's opening, Dwight D. Eisenhower is a popular name on the campus and the region. He retired to his working farm adjacent to the local battlefield. The Eisenhower Institute is also a part of the college and develops and sponsors civic discourse on significant issues of domestic and international public policy.

Final Thoughts

Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium is a quite a nice facility. It is much larger than one would expect from a Division III program, but it is a great place to see high quality sports teams.

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Local Food & Drink

Appalachian Brewing Company Gateway  (map it!)

70 Presidential Circle

Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 398-2419

http://abcbrew.com/brewpubs/gettysburg-gateway/

Hunt's Battlefield Fries  (map it!)

61 Steinwehr Ave.

Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 334-4787

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hunts-Battlefield-Fries-and-Cafe/110327159002185#

Tommy's Pizza  (map it!)

105 Steinwehr Ave.

Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 334-4721

http://tommyspizzainc.com/

The Garryowen Irish Pub  (map it!)

126 Chambersburg St.

Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 337-2719

https://locu.com/places/garryowens-irish-pub-gettysburg-us/#menu

Lincoln Diner  (map it!)

32 Carlisle St.

Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 334-3900

Hoss' Steak and Sea House  (map it!)

1140 York Rd.

Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 337-2961

http://www.hosss.com/

Local Entertainment

The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg  (map it!)

1863 Gettysburg Village Dr.

Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 337-9705

http://www.theoutletshoppesatgettysburg.com/

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