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Regency Furniture Stadium - Southern Maryland Blue Crabs


Photos by Joseph Oakes, Stadium Journey


Stadium Info FANFARE Score: 3.43

Regency Furniture Stadium 11765 Saint Linus Dr Waldorf, MD 20602


Year Opened: 2008 Capacity: 4,200


Welcome To Crustacean Nation

Regency Furniture Stadium is the home of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League. The Atlantic League is an independent league that is not affiliated with a Major League team. The stadium first opened in May, 2008 when the Blue Crabs knocked off the Lancaster Barnstormers 3-2. It is an aesthetically pleasing ballpark designed with sloping red roofs, similar to Churchill Downs, which pays homage to Southern Maryland’s tobacco barns.

Food & Beverage 4

The Blue Crabs offer a wide variety of concession offerings at the “Taste of Maryland” concession stands, of which there are two. These offer chicken tenders, pizza, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and hot dogs.

As the team name indicates, Maryland is famous for its crabs, so there is a Crab Pretzel. Side dishes include souvenir helmet fries, cheese fries, and regular French fries, as well as, nachos, popcorn, cracker jacks, sunflower seeds, and peanuts. Bottles of Pepsi products and bottled water are offered, including juice boxes for kids. Alcoholic options include domestic and craft beers, and seltzers.

Atmosphere 4

Regency Furniture Stadium follows the design of many ballparks its size with a concourse above a single seating bowl. Behind home plate, however, there are two levels of suites (one upper and lower), which block the concourse view of the action. Restrooms and concessions are located on the concourse behind the seating bowl. Down the lines, past the bases, seats are angled toward home plate, which greatly aids the viewing experience! There is a large open grassy seating area in right field and a party deck with tents above the wall in left field. The concourse goes all the way around the ballpark, but the outfield concourse and grass hill areas could use some upkeep.

There is a manual scoreboard in left field, which is always a nice touch to see, and a large video board in right field. Large sponsor signs dot the outfield all the way around the park. There are also two scoreboards on either side of the suites on the overhang behind the plate, which keeps folks in the outfield from having to turn around.

Just above sections 1 and 2 in right field is a kid’s play area. However, the team charges $7 per child (cash only) to enter. This seems outrageous since most ballpark’s do not charge to enter the play area. Above sections 24 and 25 in left field is the Legends Club restaurant, which can be rented out. There is also a small pool with bumper boats in left-center field, but they could use an upgrade.

Neighborhood 2

Regency Furniture Stadium has a Waldorf, MD address, but is located equidistant between Waldorf and La Plata, about 15 miles north of the Virginia-Maryland state line. There is not much in the immediate vicinity, except for a neighborhood on one side and St Charles High School on the other. La Plata has the closest hotels (Holiday Inn Express, Best Western) and restaurants including Texas Roadhouse, Dunkin, Dairy Queen, Chick-fil-A, and Texas Ribs & BBQ, just to name a few. Waldorf is larger and much busier due to its proximity to DC, and also has many hotel and restaurant options.

Southern Maryland is a fairly rural and beautiful part of the state. If you are willing to drive an hour or so south, there are many lighthouses, state parks, and water access areas.

Fans 3

Blue Crabs attendance is typical of many minor league ballparks. The stadium fills up pretty well on the weekends, and fans are into the game. While many fans are families and groups enjoy a night out, we noticed several groups of season ticket holders who wore team gear and were knowledgeable of the teams and players.

Access 4

Regency Furniture Stadium is located less than 35 miles from downtown Washington DC, between La Plata and Waldorf, MD. Despite being so close to the nation’s capital, this is a fairly rural area and access is pretty easy. The stadium itself sits adjacent to St. Charles High School, a few miles off of US 301.

Once you are at the stadium, parking is free and security into the ballpark is pretty much non-existent. The staff are extremely friendly and welcome you. Once inside, the concourse is easy to navigate and you have access all around the ballpark. Due to the suites being on the concourse level, field action is blocked from the concourse behind the plate. However, from anywhere else, the concourse offers a great view of the action.

Return on Investment 4

Single-game tickets are $15 each, and all tickets in 2021 are general admission, allowing fans to sit wherever they want. Tickets for active-duty military, veterans, seniors (65+), and children under 12 are $11, while tickets for healthcare workers and first responders are $5. Throw in free parking and reasonable concessions, and you have an affordable night at the ballpark.

Extras 3

One extra point for family restrooms and a mother’s nursing room for those with small children. One extra point for the friendly staff around the ballpark. The kid’s play area should only get ½ point due to the team charging $7 cash per child to enter.

Final Thoughts

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs are within the footprint of both the Washington National and the Baltimore Orioles. If you don’t feel like fighting big city traffic and forking out a lot of money, the Blue Crabs are just the spot for you!

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