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Paul Angelo Russo Stadium

Baltimore, MD

Home of the Baltimore Bohemians

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Paul Angelo Russo Stadium (map it)
8102 Lasalle Rd
Baltimore, MD 21286


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Paul Angelo Russo Stadium website

Year Opened: 1999

Capacity: 3,000

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The New Bohemians

The Baltimore Bohemians play in the United Soccer League’s Premier Development League (USLPDL), which is right below USL Pro on the American Soccer Pyramid. Most USLPDL teams are made up of college-eligible players and play in a similar setup as many of the summer collegiate baseball leagues.

The team is owned by Louis Angelos, son of Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos. One has to wonder if he has aspirations to move the team to a higher level.

The Bohemians have been in existence since 2012 and currently play their home games at Paul Angelo Russo Stadium at Calvert Hall College High School. The school is a Catholic high school for boys, located in Towson, Maryland, and was started in 1845. Famous alumni include filmmaker John Waters, A-Team actor Dwight Shultz and ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

This is the third field the Bohemians have called home. Previously, they played at Harford County’s Cedar Lane Park and Loyola University Maryland’s Ridley Athletic Complex.

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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    1

There is a single food truck sitting down at track level. The options are subpar.

The very limited menu consists of pit beef sandwiches for $5, Roma Sausage subs for $5 and hot dogs for $2 . Water and soda is available also for a nominal fee.

A makeshift beer garden is located behind the food truck. It is nothing special, but it is interesting to see that one option is Millstone Hipbone organic cider for $20 in a 750 ml size. Natty Boh is the obvious beer choice for $4.

Atmosphere    1

Russo Stadium is a high school football stadium first and soccer second. It does not allow too much excitement. The small group of attendees is generally very quiet, and the sound of the busy nearby roads override any crowd noises.

There is almost no atmosphere. But credit has to go to the extremely small fan supporter group for trying all they can to elicit excitement.

Neighborhood    4

The stadium is located in the busy Towson area of Baltimore County. Towson University and Goucher College are located nearby.

Across the street from the field is a large big-box retail shopping center with many various options. A Red Robin restaurant (1238 Putty Hill Ave) is the closest, and would be an ideal quick meal before the game.

Gino's at 8600 Lasalle Road is also very close by. This local legend was originally opened by former Baltimore Colts Gino Marchetti and Alan Ameche. They were phased out by eventual owners The Marriott Corporation and rebranded as Roy Rogers Restaurants (which also eventually faded away, as well) in the 1980s. In 2010, Marchetti and some of the old operators of the chain resurrected Gino's in both Baltimore and Philadelphia. They have stumbled already, with some locations already closing, including all Pennsylvania locations, so enjoy them in case it does not work out.

If you wish to venture further, you are in luck, as Towson is a semi-urban environment with a very large shopping mall and numerous restaurants in the area. Try the Charles Village Pub in the heart of downtown Towson for good food and drinks.

Fans    1

There is just not enough support in the stands. If the Bohemians wish to move to a higher level, they need to find a fan base. One hopes that if they stay at one stadium long enough, they can grow their fan following.

Access    5

Towson is the county seat of Baltimore County, and always seems to be in the center of everything. It is at the crossroads of the busy Baltimore Beltway, Jones Falls Expressway and Harrisburg Expressway. I-95 is also relatively close by.

Calvert Hall College High School is also easy to find at the busy intersection of Putty Hill Avenue and Goucher Boulevard. There should be plenty of free parking in the school's lots. If you use the lots off of LaSalle Road, near the baseball stadium, watch out for the signs designating foul territory.

Return on Investment    3

The games are pretty cheap, with a $10 adult ticket as the standard price. Ages 12-21 can get in for $5, with kids under 12 getting in for free. Seven-game flex tickets are a respectable $50.

With the free parking and cheap prices, the Bohemians do hold a good value.

Extras    1

Calvert Hall College High School is an interesting place that warrants a quick look before and after the game. Also, look to see if a baseball game is being held at the nearby baseball stadium, as you may get two games for the price of one.

Final Thoughts

The Baltimore Bohemians have their work cut out to make it in the crowded sports market of Baltimore/Washington. But the USLPDL offers some good soccer talent, and if the fan base appears, they will be rewarded well.

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Local Food & Drink

Red Robin  (map it!)

1238 Putty Hill Ave

Towson, MD 21286

(410) 823-4224

http://www.redrobin.com

Gino's Burgers & Chicken  (map it!)

8600 Lasalle Rd #250C

Towson, MD 21286

(410) 583-0000

http://www.ginosgiant.com

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