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Joe Cannon Stadium – Coppin State Eagles


Photos by Gregory Koch, Stadium Journey



Stadium Info FANFARE Score: 2.43

Joe Cannon Stadium 7611 Ridge Chapel Rd Hanover, MD 21076

Coppin State Eagles website Joe Cannon Stadium website

Year Opened: 1990 Capacity: 1,500

 

Baseball at the Joe


Joe Cannon Stadium is located in Harmans Park, an Anne Arundel County Park, and is home to the Coppin State Eagles baseball team. The stadium is located in Hanover, Maryland, almost a half-hour drive from Coppin’s campus in Baltimore. The Eagles have been trying to get a stadium closer to home for years, but so far have been unsuccessful.


Joe Cannon Stadium also has hosted various other baseball teams and leagues. It regularly hosts adult rec league baseball and previously played host to the Baltimore Dodgers of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League before the team folded.


Food & Beverage 0

There is a concession stand at Joe Cannon Stadium, but it is not open for Coppin State games. There is no food or drink available elsewhere in Harmans Park either. Fans are free to bring their own.


Atmosphere 2

Despite only being built in 1990, the grandstand at Joe Cannon Stadium feels similar to those at much older stadiums such as Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown and Bank of the James Stadium in Lynchburg. A slanted roof covers all seats with a fence in the back and a wide concourse in front separating the stands from the field. The difference between Joe Cannon Stadium and those two is that all seats are uncomfortable metal bleachers with no backs here. There is also a scoreboard in the outfield that shows a line score and other basic information, but it can be hard to read sometimes with the glare. The most distinguishing feature is a giant water tower beyond the left-field fence that looms over the field.


A Coppin State baseball game here is going to be a very basic experience, with announcements and between batter music but not much else. What saves this from getting the lowest score is the amount of energy created by the two dugouts. Throughout the game, you will hear players from both teams loudly cheering on their teammates and trying to create their own energy since there is little of it elsewhere in the ballpark.


Neighborhood 5

Although Joe Cannon Stadium is located in a scenic county park, there is much to do elsewhere in the surrounding area. Maryland Live Casino is just down the street and is a huge entertainment venue, Bobby’s Burger Palace is located in the nearby Arundel Mills Mall along with many other restaurants and other stores, and The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille is located just beyond the outfield fence. This is a very built-up area and fans should find plenty to do if they wish.


Fans 1

Coppin State rarely draws more than 100 fans to a baseball game, and often many of those are cheering for the other team. They will occasionally get loud for big plays, but for the most part, even those who show up are pretty quiet. Most of the cheering and energy seems to be coming from the players themselves, unfortunately. Being so far from campus, few if any students attend the game other than the student-athletes themselves.


Access 4

Joe Cannon Stadium is located just off the Baltimore Washington Parkway by taking the exit for Arundel Mills Boulevard. After you go through a few traffic lights you will reach the turn for the stadium. Parking is available in an adjacent lot and is plentiful and free. The timing of the lights is designed to get people to the nearby casino, so occasionally you might be stuck at a few red lights in a row, but for the most part, you should have no trouble getting to the ballpark.


Restrooms in the ballpark have not always been open in the past, but due to COVID protocols in place at the time of Stadium Journey's visit in 2021, all restrooms in Anne Arundel County Parks, including those in the stadium, were required to remain open. They are of ample size for the small crowd. Those policies have since been repealed, so it is unclear if this will continue. There are also port-a-potties that fans can use if the restrooms are not open.


For those requiring overnight accommodation, there are several hotels right beyond the outfield fence that you can even see from the stadium. Baltimore-Washington International Airport is a short drive away and you can often see low-flying planes approaching the airport during a game.


Return on Investment 4

There is no charge for admission to attend a Coppin State game and no costs associated with parking or concessions either. However, there isn’t enough going on here to earn the top score.


Extras 1

Pretty much the only extra here is the water tower in left field which is a unique landmark.


Final Thoughts

A Coppin State baseball game is a very barebones experience with not much going on. This isn’t due to COVID, it was like that long before the pandemic started. Although college baseball is not a huge deal in this part of the country in general, most venues have a little more going on than Coppin State. That being said, Joe Cannon Stadium is a nice ballpark and it is a shame Coppin State cannot put it to good use.


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