Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium

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Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium
Brick City
The Den
B&E Riverfront.PNG
Location 450 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Capacity 6,200
Field size

Left Field: 302 feet (92 m)

Left-Center Field: 364 feet (111 m)

Center Field: 394 feet (120 m)

Right-Center Field: 365 feet (111 m)

Right Field: 320 feet (98 m)323
Surface grass
Construction
Opened July 16, 1999
Construction cost $30 million
Tenants
Newark Bears (Atlantic/Can-Am) (1999-2013)
Rutgers University-Newark baseball (NCAA)
New Jersey Institute of Technology baseball

Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium, originally simply Riverfront Stadium, is a 6,200-seat baseball park in Newark, New Jersey, USA, that is currently home to the baseball teams from Rutgers University Newark and New Jersey Institute of Technology. The stadium was built for the Newark Bears, a minor league expansion franchise in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball awarded to the city in 1999, and hosted its first regular season baseball game on July 16, 1999 when the Bears took on the Lehigh Valley Black Diamonds.[1] The Bears played in the stadium from 1999 until 2013, having later moved to the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball, before the team was folded.

The stadium is named in honor of the original Bears, who were the top farm club of the New York Yankees from 1946 until 1949, and the Newark Eagles, who played in the Negro Leagues.

History[edit]

The Newark Bears had joined the Atlantic League at its founding in 1998 but played their 'home' games at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut during that first season, sharing the park with the Bridgeport Bluefish. Since construction of the stadium was still not finished in 1999, the Bears played their first 20 home games at Skylands Park in Augusta, New Jersey, sharing the facility with the New Jersey Cardinals.

The Bears have nicknamed the stadium "Brick City" or "The Den" representing the home of a bear.

Originally, the stadium was to be built along the Passaic River, perhaps at or near Riverbank Park, but the eventual site was at Broad and Orange Streets. The block of Orange Street, between Broad Street and McCarter Highway, was vacated to allow for the ballpark to be built.

In 2001, the Bears added "Bears & Eagles" to the name of the park. The new name reflects the heritage represented by both the International League's Bears, and the Negro National League Newark Eagles, both of whom had played at Ruppert Stadium (demolished in 1967) in the area now called the Ironbound.

Transportation[edit]

The stadium is across the street from a New Jersey Transit's Broad Street Station. Opened July 17, 2006, the Riverfront Stadium station on the Newark Light Rail provides service from Newark Penn Station.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cvornyek, Robert (2003), Baseball in Newark, Arcadia Publishing 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°44′45″N 74°10′6″W / 40.74583°N 74.16833°W / 40.74583; -74.16833