Thursday, June 30, 2011

How The Other 3/4 Lives: TD Bank Park

TD Bank Ballpark, "The Jewel of The Atlantic League," opened its gates on June 7, 1999 for the first ever Somerset Patriots home game in front of 6,506 fans. In a special Opening Day Ceremony, Governor Christie Todd Whitman and New Jersey officials gave their seal of approval for what would become one of the most successful minor league ballparks throughout the nation.

The 6,100 seat ballpark is the home to 70 Somerset Patriots games during an Atlantic League season. The ballpark was designed by Clark Caton and Hintz and SSP Architecture and built by Epic Construction.

Down the left field line, the Patriots host special group outings in the Picnic Area and Executive Party Deck TD Bank Ballpark features twenty luxury suites that are used by groups throughout the season. The luxury suites also have balcony seating for fans to watch games outdoors.

Down the right field line, TD Bank Ballpark has a grassy area called the Turf Club, an open area where fans can sit on the grass or bring beach towels to sit on to enjoy the game by the Patriots bullpen.

TD Bank Ballpark is a multi-use facility that has been the home of the Big East Baseball Championship Tournament and County Baseball Tournaments during the season. In the off-season, the ballpark is the site of the Big Apple Circus and the New Jersey State Fair.

TD Bank Ballpark is also the home of the Somerset County Park Commission conc
erts that have featured music legends such as Tony Bennett and Willie Nelson and pop sensation Jessica Simpson.

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