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TD Bank Ballpark

Bridgewater, NJ

Home of the Somerset Patriots

4.1

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TD Bank Ballpark (map it)
1 Cole Dr
Bridgewater, NJ 08807


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TD Bank Ballpark website

Year Opened: 1999

Capacity: 6,100

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The Class of the Atlantic League

TD Bank Ballpark is among the great success stories of the state of New Jersey and the Atlantic League. The 6,100 seat stadium has been the home to the Somerset Patriots since their second season in 1999 and every year, they have averaged well over 5,000 customers.

Built off I-287 in Bridgewater, New Jersey, the densely populated area has grown since the early days of the team. The Patriots organization has been a first class operation that has five championship banners, attendance records, and first rate customer service among its many accomplishments. This ballpark could be in the most idealistic location of any other ballpark in the New Jersey. There is easy access, a safe neighborhood, and it is located in a centralized part of the state.

4.1

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    5

There is a copious selection of food at TD Bank Ballpark, so much, that you may need to make a return visit to sample all of the tasty vittles. There are two main concession stands on each end of the first and third base lines. A few of the highlights include the Buffalo chicken sandwich, chicken tenders and fries, beef and chicken cheesesteaks, and for dessert churros and Mr. Softee ice cream served in a batting helmet.

There are other items located on the first and third base lines that are equally impressive. You can build your own burger, create a burrito and decide what toppings you want on your funnel cake. If you are thirsty, there are plenty of taps on hand and a Leinie's Lounge serving Leinenkugel products. The toughest part about the selection, is choosing what to eat.

Atmosphere    4

The ballpark is similar in design to the facilities in both Trenton and Camden featuring the classic red brick and hunter green canopy design. The seating bowl is sectioned off with a wide middle concourse with picnic seating located down the third base line and a small section of lawn seating residing on the first base side. The Handle Bar is near the picnic seating that features tables and stools in a bar atmosphere and it is a nice way to watch the game while you eat or drink.

Adjacent to this area you will find the many accomplishments of the team's illustrious history, showcasing their five championships, individual records, stadium information and players who made it to the majors. There are five championship pennants that hang on flag poles in centerfield and the number 28 is retired in honor of former manager Sparky Lyle, who now serves as manager emeritus.

The official team shop offers many varieties of paraphernalia that range in price. One nice feature is the ability to personalize your shirts for only $10. This service is done on the spot and ready in minutes.

Adding to the atmosphere are two mascots named Sparky and Slider who can be found throughout the game greeting fans young and old.

Neighborhood    4

Keep in mind that New Jersey is full of various small towns that are hobbled together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. The towns of Bridgewater, Somerville, South Plainfield, Bound Brook and Piscataway make up the area near TD Bank Ballpark. You will find a collection of shopping centers and chain restaurants, but also a few local places worth traveling an extra mile to get to.

The Bridgewater Promenade is located a foul ball away from the stadium and is one of the state's largest shopping malls, Bridgewater Commons, is less than 5 minutes away on Route 22. A few suggestions for places to eat and drink include Martino's Cuban Restaurant, Alfonso's Family Trattoria and Espo's Restaurant & Bar.

A great New Jersey franchise is 25 Burgers, offering numerous burgers including the Trenton burger with pork roll, the El Paso burger with roasted poblanos and the Maui burger with grilled pineapple and ham. They are located just minutes away from the Patriots' home field.

Drive for a few minutes to nearby Piscataway, just a few exits south on I-287, and you will find a few more retail shops and restaurants that include Gabriel's Bar & Grill and the Brick House Tavern & Tap. However, the choice is yours as there is a vast amount of shops, bars, and restaurants to select from. Welcome to Jersey.

Fans    4

Along with other standout independent baseball teams like the Long Island Ducks and Sugar Land Skeeters, the Somerset Patriots have averaged well over 5,000 fans per game since their inception in 1999. They have strong supporters who don the navy, maroon and silver of the team and will approach their six millionth fan by July or August of 2014.

Access    5

The ballpark is located off exit 13B on I-287 with plenty of signage to help guide you on your way. There are two main parking lots that will only cost you $2 a car, a price that is incredible at today's stadiums. When exiting, there are signs that direct you back to the interstate, Garden State Parkway or New Jersey Turnpike. Another piece of advice, when lost in New Jersey, just keep driving and you eventually find a sign to either the parkway or the turnpike.

Return on Investment    4

There are four price points at the stadium that include $7 lawn seats, $9.50 for upper seats, $10.50 for field box seats and $13.50 for premium field box seats. The prices do not change if purchased the day of the game and there is not a bad seat in the house. The lawn prices are the least expensive tickets for any ballpark in the state.

Extras    3

The Patriots score huge points with their food options, team merchandise shop and parking fees. It is also a great facility to take the family to for the day with shopping and restaurant options in close proximity that the four other stadiums in the Garden State cannot match.

Final Thoughts

TD Bank Ballpark, then known as Commerce Bank Ballpark, was my first baseball stadium review back in 2001. The place has made a few changes, but it is still the safe, clean and friendly environment that it was when I was just a rookie ballpark hunter. It is good to know that some places never change and that you can in fact go home again.

Food concessions can be slow

The Patriots allow local charitable groups to run the food concessions and take a percentage of sales for their work. The drawback to this well-intended policy is that ordering food can require patience, as the the person taking orders may not really know what he/she is doing. I make sure I've eaten before I go, or find something from the kiosks scattered around the park.

by DaveSosidka | Aug 23, 2014 08:56 AM

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Crowd Reviews

Good park for this level of ball

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

There wasn't a whole lot here to make this ballpark stand out. On the plus side, it's clean, easy to get to, and comfortable. It's a good park, especially for the Atlantic League. It's worth a look.

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