New Jersey Minor League Baseball
Summer and baseball go hand-in-hand, and for a fraction of MLB ticket prices you can enjoy family-friendly entertainment at a minor league ballpark this year. Food and drinks are inexpensive and each game features an assortment of promotions, giveaways and interactive events. Here are profiles of six teams whose homes are within convenient distance of Cherry Hill.
The Camden Riversharks belong to the Atlantic League, which isn’t affiliated with MLB but equates in operation and quality of play to AAA major league farm teams. They play in Campbell’s Field, which features stunning views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and Philadelphia skyline. Drive to Campbell’s Field is approximately 15 minutes. Follow Route 70 W to Route 38 W. Take the ramp to US 30 W and take the last exit before the Ben Franklin Bridge—Camden Business District exit. Follow the road to the intersection just before the tollbooths and take a left at the stoplight onto Haddon Ave. (7th Street). Take a right onto Cooper Street (you may be directed down Market Street). Either way, follow Cooper Street or Market Street to Campbell’s Field.
The Somerset Patriots also compete in the Atlantic League where they’ve been the most successful team in history, winning five championships since the league formed in 1998. Drive to TD Bank Ballpark is approximately 80 minutes. Take the New Jersey Turnpike N to I-287 N. Take exit 13A to Route 28 Union Ave. toward Bound Brook. Turn right on Tea St. and again on County Road 533/Main St. Turn around at Promenade Blvd. and the stadium will be on the right.
The Trenton Thunder is the Eastern League AA affiliate of the New York Yankees, recognized as “Nation’s Best Franchise” for overall fan experience and outstanding community outreach. Drive to Arm & Hammer Park is approximately 30 minutes. Take Route 295 N to exit 60. After exiting 295 N, stay left and follow signs for Route 29 N. Continue staying left and following signs for 29 N/Capitol Complex/Lambertville. Ballpark is on left after exiting tunnel.
The Lakewood BlueClaws are the South Atlantic League Class A affiliate of the nearby Philadelphia Phillies. Many days feature pre-game concerts at the front gates. Drive to FirstEnergy Park is approximately one hour. Take the New Jersey Turnpike N to I-195. Take exit 28A to Route 9 S. Follow Route 9 S for 5.9 miles to Pine St. Turn left onto Pine St. and follow for 1.6 miles to New Hampshire Ave. Turn left onto New Hampshire Ave. and follow to FirstEnergy Park on left.
The New Jersey Jackals are members of the CanAm League, a unique independent circuit that provides cross-border competition. Drive to Yogi Berra Stadium is approximately 90 minutes. Take the New Jersey Turnpike north to the Garden State Parkway north. Take exit 153B to Route 3 W, exiting onto US 46 W. Exit at Montclair and merge onto Valley Road. Stay right onto Yogi Berra Drive, where stadium will be on the right.
The Newark Bears are also members of the CanAm League. Their popular Sunday Funday promotions kick off with a New Jersey Amateur Baseball league doubleheader. Drive to Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium is approximately 90 minutes. Follow the NJ Turnpike N to exit 15W. After tollbooth follow Route 280 W to exit 15A. Upon exiting, stay to the left and follow the loop around to Route 21 S. Make a right onto Route 21 S, go past the back of the ballpark and at 1st light make a right on to Bridge Street. The Essex County Parking Garage is on the right.
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