Clean Harbors Stadium - Mass Maritime Buccaneers
Photos by Paul Baker, Stadium Journey
Stadium Info FANFARE Score: 2.71
Clean Harbors Stadium 101 Academy Drive Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
Football With a View
The Massachusetts Maritime Academy is a public university located in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts which was founded in 1891. It is the second oldest maritime academy in the United States. Originally established to train deck and engineering officers for the Merchant Marines, graduates today often go on to serve in branches of the United States armed forces. The academy operates a training ship, the USTS Kennedy.
Football has been played at Mass Maritime Academy since 1973. The team competes in the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC), a Division Three conference consisting of schools throughout the state of Massachusetts. The football Buccaneers have won two conference championships, most recently in 1983.
Clean Harbors, Inc. is a provider of industrial and environmental services, including hazardous waste removal. It was founded in nearby Brockton, MA in 1980. The company purchased naming rights for the football stadium and adjoining athletic center in 2009 for $1.5 million.
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There is a small trailer located behind the grandstand which sells a limited menu. Hot dogs, bags of chips, cans of Pepsi products and bottles of water can be purchased here. For the 2022 season, the school’s baseball team operates the stand, and all proceeds from sales go towards supporting the team.
While the menu is far from extensive, prices are reasonable. No item costs more than three dollars. Fans are able to bring their own snacks in if they so choose. Alcohol is not permitted at this on-campus facility.
The game day atmosphere at Clean Harbor Stadium will be familiar to anyone who has attended a game at a smaller school. It’s a simple, basic presentation without a ton of extra bells and whistles. When you factor in that Mass Maritime is an “academy,” the understated atmosphere makes perfect sense.
There is a pep band that plays sporadically throughout the game, a scoreboard which displays basic game information in the western end zone and a small stand behind the grandstand which sells Mass Maritime hats, shirts and even jerseys. Free roster sheets are provided for all fans in attendance. Of course, there’s a cannon on the far side of the field which fires after every Buccaneers score.
The crowd in attendance enjoy close relationships with the players on the field, consisting mainly of family members. With many of the other teams in the MASCAC located a short drive from Buzzards Bay, it’s not unusual to see a good turnout by visiting fans.
With the location of Mass Maritime Academy on the end of a peninsula jutting out into Buzzards Bay, there is nothing in the immediate vicinity of Clean Harbors Stadium. However, Route 6, the main commercial thoroughfare in the area, is located just a half mile from campus. Along this road are numerous restaurants and other places of interest in the area. While some local attractions are closed during the fall football season, many businesses in the area are open year-round.
As you might expect in a town located on the coast like Buzzards Bay, seafood restaurants are excellent and numerous. Stadium Journey recommends Lindsey’s Restaurant and the Lobster Trap, both a short drive from Mass Maritime. Lodging options are plentiful in the area and are priced more affordably during fall football season than in the summer tourist months.
For fans looking to venture beyond the immediate area, Cape Cod is just a few minutes away over the Bourne Bridge. Many attractions will still be open, especially early in the football season, and the summer crowds will be long gone. The whaling city of New Bedford is located a half hour to the west, and Boston is an hour to the north.
Mass Maritime averages roughly 1,500 fans per game at Clean Harbors Stadium. This places them just above the MASCAC average. Without a huge turnout by the student body (with a total enrollment of only 1,400 students, the entire student body wouldn’t even fill the grandstand), the typical crowd is made up with many family members of the players on the field.
Fans are into the action on the field, but at a small school, sportsmanship does rule the day, even during heated conference matchups.
The Mass Maritime Academy is located in the village of Buzzards Bay, MA, located on the mainland side of the Cape Cod Canal at its southern mouth.
The Mass Maritime campus is easily accessible by car, with the junction of Interstates 195 and 495 located just a few miles away. Route 25 passes just north of campus as it approaches Cape Cod, and route 6, the main business thoroughfare along Massachusetts’ south coast, located just a half mile north of campus. For fans utilizing public transportation, the Buzzards Bay train station and Greyhound Bus Station are located right on Academy Drive.
Fans will find ample parking along Academy Drive right across the street from the stadium as well as in the parking lot for Clean Harbors Athletic Center. There are two entrances on the north side of the facility, which lead to a walkway that crosses behind the grandstand. All seating is located on the north side of the facility, with rest rooms located in the adjacent Athletic Center.
Seating consists of metal bleachers without backs. Center sections consist of individual molded plastic seats. All seating is located on one side of the stadium, as the soccer field is located adjacent to the football field on the far side.
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Tickets for Buccaneers games are sold as general admission for just five dollars. Parking is free of charge on Academy Drive or in the parking lot on the other side of Clean Harbors Athletic Center. With no concession item costing more than three dollars, taking in a football game at Mass Maritime Academy is a very affordable entertainment option for southeastern Massachusetts sports fans.
The waterfront location of Clean Harbors Field is worth another point. It’s not often that you can witness a splashdown field goal attempt, but it’s an absolute possibility here.
Baseball parks are often known for their views, but you don’t often talk about the view at a football stadium. From the waterfront location right at the mouth of the Cape Cod Canal to the view of the Canal Railroad Bridge and Bourne Bridge in the distance and even the wind turbine behind the west end zone, there is no shortage of things to look at here at Clean Harbors Stadium.