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Bob Turtle Smith Stadium

College Park, MD

Home of the Maryland Terrapins



Bob Turtle Smith Stadium (map it)
Fieldhouse Dr
College Park, MD 20740

Maryland Terrapins website

Bob Turtle Smith Stadium website

Year Opened: 1956

Capacity: 2,500

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Local Information


Turtle Power

The University of Maryland Terrapins (or the Terps) are known for a lot of things, but college baseball usually isn't the first on the list. A predominantly basketball school and home to some crazy college football uniforms, Maryland has of late been home to a winning baseball program. After a 43-year absence, Maryland advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2014 and even made it as far as the Super Regionals. A second appearance in 2015 signaled that this program has the potential to have some degree of staying power.

Shipley Field at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium has been home to Terps baseball since 1952, receiving the additional Shipley Field moniker in 1956 for longtime basketball coach Burton Shipley. Squarely in the middle of campus, the stadium has seen plenty of ups and downs for the Terps over its 60-plus years without much overall success. But success may be on the horizon.


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    2

Food options at Bob Smith Stadium are pretty bare bones, if not lacking.

The only real option that could count as a main course would be a hot dog ($3), unless you count pretzels ($3). The rest of the menu consists of snack items at $3 or $3.25, and is limited to popcorn, Cracker Jack, sunflower seeds and peanuts.

Pepsi products are also served here for $3, as well as coffee ($2.75), hot chocolate ($3.25), Gatorade ($3.50) and bottled water ($3). There is no alcohol served here.

No one has ever complained about hot dogs at a baseball game, and that's good, because that's basically all you have on the menu.

Atmosphere    3

Shipley Field at Bob "Turtle" Stadium may not be spectacular, but it's definitely got its unique traits.

The stadium itself is sunken into a hillside behind the football stadium in the center of campus. It would be easy to miss it if you were to drive right by it. When you walk down the short flight of stairs and through the main gate, you'll be greeted by a welcoming view of a pillar-lined grandstand overlooking the field and Byrd Stadium in the background over the left field wall. While the pillars are the first unique characteristic you'll notice, the field is easily the second. The Sportexe Synthetic Turf will probably garner mixed reviews among fans, depending on your take on artificial fields. Perhaps the coolest characteristic of the stadium doesn't even reside in the stadium. Byrd Stadium stands tall over the left field wall and dominates what would be an otherwise unimposing skyline.

Otherwise, the ballpark dimensions are pretty standard. Bleachers run from first base around to third base. The outfield wall honors the few NCAA Tournament appearances the Terps have made, and a standard scoreboard rises over the left-center field wall.

Gametime entertainment is fairly run-of-the-mill. A PA announcer calls out players, and walk-up music blares through the speakers. Occasionally, there is entertainment between innings. It falls right in line with what you'd expect in college baseball.

Seating options are all generally the same. The best view over the wall is from the first base side of the field. Just don't sit directly behind the dugouts, because the Under Armour-branded roofs curve up and can actually block the view of the field.

Neighborhood    3

Being a major university in a big city, you'd expect a lot to do in the immediate vicinity. There are a decent amount to be had, but it seems as though the students rely more on the nearby Washington, DC area for their best attractions.

With DC being a short Metro ride away, you can hypothetically find anything you want here. But we'll stick to what's near campus. Most of your best options are east of campus along Baltimore Avenue. Probably the most popular local bar/restaurant is Looney's Pub, where you can find a wide array of bar food and plenty of sports on TV. Also on Baltimore Avenue, you can check out Cornerstone Grill & Loft for some more college atmosphere and some excellent sweet potato fries. If the local college scene doesn't suit you, you're in luck. You're in the greater Washington area, so there are more options than you'll ever be able to visit.

If you are looking for things to see and do, Washington has more than enough to suit you. For the sake of giving some options, we'll stick to the immediate College Park area. The College Park Aviation Museum is just a short drive away and has an excellent collection of planes, helicopters and the like. If you're a movie buff, Greenbelt Theater is just across 495. This classic style movie theater has a 40-foot screen and regularly plays classic movies.

There are plenty of hotels to be found along Baltimore Ave, but the closest to the stadium is on the west side of campus. The College Park Marriott is just a short drive or even a walk through campus from the field, so if you're in town just for the game, this eliminates any parking challenges.

Fans    3

Terps fans are much more passionate about their basketball and football teams than about their baseball team. While not terrible, this is far from a wild atmosphere.

With a low-capacity stadium and lukewarm fan support, Bob Smith Stadium isn't going to be in the upper echelon of any attendance lists anytime soon. Being right in the heart of campus helps them pull in some students, but not as many as you might think. Attendance here is average for college baseball in every way.

Average in every way also describes fan engagement. Aside from the odd student heckling a batter or supporter cheering the Terps on, it's largely a casual crowd just taking in the sights. There truly isn't anything here to write home about.

Access    3

Shipley Field at Bob Smith Stadium is easy to get around, but not necessarily easy to get to. But is anything in the DC area easy to get to?

The good news is there is a College Park stop on the Washington Metro that has a shuttle onto campus. So if you're coming from DC, that will save you some effort. If you're driving, it's just inside the 495 Beltway around Washington. If you happen to be unfamiliar with the Beltway, just leave early. It's one of the busiest loops in the country, and if you hit it at the wrong time, it can turn into a parking lot. Once you get off in College Park, there are just a few lights and turns to deal with to get on campus.

There's no designated lot for the stadium, but there are a few parking garages within a couple of blocks. These garages are all hourly, so the cost depends on how long you plan on staying. There's only one gate into the stadium behind home plate. They take debit cards at the lone ticketing window. It's quick and painless, and empties you directly behind home plate.

The stadium is simple to move around, as there's only a narrow concourse extending from first base to third base with bleacher seating below. You can also see the entire field from the small concourse, so if you feel like standing or moving around, it's an easy view. Restrooms are behind home plate and are pretty bare bones, but work just fine.

Return on Investment    3

In an area with so much to do, this is probably pretty low on most people's lists of sites to visit. But while it may not be anything special, it makes for a cheap and relaxing pit stop.

With tickets running from $5 to $8 (depending on the game) and food almost exclusively in the $3 range, nothing is pricey. Parking shouldn't cost you more than $5-$10, either. Despite there being nothing special here, it's still a low cost stop with an opportunity to see a major college campus.

Extras    3

There are three obvious extras worth rating here. The pillared bleacher section is probably the most unique hallmark of the stadium, and the only thing that adds any character to the structure itself. The unique artificial turf field stands out as an eye-catcher, if nothing else. And the view of Byrd Stadium gives an otherwise dull park an interesting setting. These three things are essentially what give this basic ballpark its character.

Final Thoughts

Unless you're a passionate baseball fan, you're likely to completely overlook this as an option in the eventful and jam-packed DC area. And you'd probably be right to. While not a bad experience, by any means, there's just not much to draw you away from the myriad of options that exist just a short drive south.

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Crowd Reviews

Shipley Field Revealed

Total Score: 3.29

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

Even though the University of Maryland is the largest and by far most athletically prominent school within the Old Line State, Maryland Terrapins baseball still does take a considerable back seat at the school and in the state to the likes of Terps football and Terps basketball. Part of the reason may be because the program's best days are, at this point, far in the past. Terrapins baseball has not made an NCAA Tournament appearance since 1971. Still, despite the on-field struggles, the Terps do treat their fans to a good experience during their home games at Shipley Field.

Opened in 1965, Shipley Field holds 2,500 fans and puts together an interesting combination of synthetic turf in the infield and bermuda grass in the outfield. While the stadium isn't the easiest to find and the seats don't do too much as far as comfort, Maryland Terps baseball winds up and fires a good experience for fans who are looking for some intimate, competitive baseball.

Fear the Turtle

Total Score: 3.29

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 4

The University of Maryland, College Park, was founded in 1856. It is recognized as the flagship school of the University of Maryland system.

The University of Maryland has traditionally been known as a basketball school. As a longtime member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the university has seen a great deal of basketball success under coaches such as Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams, even winning a national championship in 2002.

The baseball program has not had much long term success. But there has been a major resurgence, with the team doing extremely well in the 2014 run towards the College World Series. Now a member of the Big Ten, the hope is that a new conference membership, teamed with the 2014 success will continue to push the team forward.

Opened in 1965, Shipley Field has a combination of synthetic turf in the infield and grass in the outfield. The facility was additionally named for legendary Maryland baseball figure Bob "Turtle" Smith. The original field is named after former Maryland baseball coach, Burton Shipley.

Fans, show up on time

Total Score: 3.43

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 1

The school tries their best to make the games a fun experience with music, sound effects, a few games, and free giveaways. This does make a game fun and does have a minor league feeling to it. One thing hurting the environment is the fans. While I was impressed with the number of fans that showed up, many were just showing up as the 3rd inning was underway. Also while many appeared to have interest in the game, they made few efforts to show it. There was some cheering, but not on the level you would hope when the home team had complete control of the game start to finish.

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Local Food & Drink

Hanami Japanese Restaurant  (map it!)

8145 Baltimore Ave

College Park, MD 20740

(301) 982-9899


Azteca Bar & Grill  (map it!)

9515 Baltimore Ave

College Park, MD 20740

(301) 474-8226


Bobby's Burger Palace  (map it!)

8150 Baltimore Ave

College Park, MD 20740

(240) 542-4632


Looney's Pub  (map it!)

8150 Baltimore Ave

College Park, MD 20740

(240) 542-4510


Cornerstone Grill & Loft  (map it!)

7325 Baltimore Ave

College Park, MD 20740

(301) 779-7044


Local Entertainment

College Park Aviation Museum  (map it!)

1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr

College Park, MD 20740

(301) 864-6029


Old Greenbelt Theatre  (map it!)

129 Centerway

Greenbelt, MD 20770

(301) 329-2034



Comfort Inn & Suites Near University of Maryland  (map it!)

9040 Baltimore Ave

College Park, MD 20740

(301) 441-8110


Sheraton College Park North Hotel  (map it!)

4095 Powder Mill Rd

Beltsville, MD 20705

(301) 937-4422


College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center  (map it!)

3501 University Blvd E

Hyattsville, MD 20783

(301) 985-7300



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