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Official Review by Tim Schneider, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
In between Philadelphia, PA and York, PA rests Franklin and Marshall College. Franklin and Marshall is located in the center of Lancaster city and has been providing a private education to college students for over 227 years. The college was established in 1787 with a gift of 200 British pounds from Benjamin Franklin.
The college's sports teams are called the Diplomats. Most of the teams compete in the Centennial Conference with teams such as Gettysburg College, Johns Hopkins University and Muhlenberg College.
Men’s and women’s lacrosse are both very popular and successful at Franklin and Marshall. Currently, the women’s team is ranked in the top 10 nationally and won the Division III national championship in 2009.
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There is a centrally located concession stand a few steps from the stadium bleachers. The stand provides your basic staples of an outdoor sporting event such as hot dogs, chili, coffee, and snacks. All food is under $2.50 in cost.
Also, there is a rather large tailgating contingent in the parking lot. Handcrafted foods observed were macaroni and cheese, pit beef, and barbecue. These foods are shared amongst the fans, however, not for sale to the general public.
At the match of this review, the atmosphere at Tylus Field marked a matchup between two top-10 women's lacrosse teams. There was a great turnout for a Division III lacrosse game in the cold of February. Fans from both teams were loud, excited, and exhibited a lot of team spirit.
The college is located in the historical neighborhood of north Lancaster. There are many shops, restaurants, pubs, and bed and breakfasts in this area of the city. Some of the popular restaurants and pubs that are close to the college are Iron Hill Brewery, Fenz, The Brickyard, Molly's Pub and Lancaster Brewing Company.
Also, the downtown area of Lancaster is within walking distance of the college. It offers an abundance of art and museums (located in Gallery Row) as well as options for the performing arts (the Chameleon Club and Allegro Chamber Orchestra).
There is a strong turnout in the number of fans attending the game considering the size of the college. The fans are enthusiastic, know how to tailgate, and cheer their team(s) respectfully. Overall, the fans are knowledgeable considering that some contests can be between two highly ranked teams.
The college is located in the heart of Lancaster and is easy to find. It is close to two major routes; Route 30 and Route 222. Also, the college is about 15 minutes east of Interstate 83.
There is plenty of free parking by the stadium. The walk to the stadium takes less than one minute.
The lacrosse games at Franklin and Marshal are free (with the exception of home playoff games). Once again, parking is free and the stadium is centrally located near main roads. You could not ask for better return on investment than this type of venue.
The college itself is very scenic and most of the buildings contain brick and stone architecture.
Also, the pubs and restaurants in the area are within walking distance and quite popular. There is no need to get in your vehicle and drive to multiple areas in downtown Lancaster when visiting F & M. Fans can walk to restaurants/pubs, art and music venues, and food trucks (during the first Friday's events in June, July, and August).
Tylus Field at Franklin and Marshall College is a quality facility. The history and culture surrounding the college enhance the fan experience. The multitude of offerings allows a fan to spend the day in Lancaster and experience sports, food, and culture if they choose to.
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