Ripken Stadium

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Ripken Stadium
The entrance of Ripken Stadium.
Location 873 Long Drive
Aberdeen, Maryland 21001
Coordinates 39°31′51″N 76°11′10″W / 39.530873°N 76.185985°W / 39.530873; -76.185985Coordinates: 39°31′51″N 76°11′10″W / 39.530873°N 76.185985°W / 39.530873; -76.185985
Owner City of Aberdeen
Operator Maryland Stadium Authority
Capacity 6,300[1]
Field size Left Field – 310 feet (94 m)
Center Field – 400 feet (122 m)
Right Field – 310 feet (94 m)
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground October 19, 2000[2]
Opened June 18, 2002[6]
Construction cost $18 million[3]
($23.6 million in 2014 dollars[4])
Architect Design Exchange Architects Inc.
Ripken Design
Project manager Heery International[5]
General contractor Baltimore Contractors LLC[6]
Tenants
Aberdeen IronBirds (NYPL) (2002–Present)

Ripken Stadium is the home of the Aberdeen IronBirds, Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles in the New York-Penn League. The stadium is located in Aberdeen, Maryland. The 6,300-seat Ripken Stadium held its first game on June 18, 2002. The team has sold out every home game at Ripken Stadium since it began playing there in 2002.[7][8]

The stadium is part of Cal Ripken, Jr.'s Aberdeen Complex in his hometown of Aberdeen, Maryland, located just off Interstate 95 at Maryland Route 22. The complex also includes several smaller fields for local youth sports leagues, as well as an adjacent Marriott hotel. The stadium is the closest structure of the complex to the highway, with the right field fence and scoreboard visible from it. The stadium also hosts soccer matches as well. Stevenson University's baseball team also uses Ripken Stadium as its home field as well as the Yankee Stadium Field that is within walking distance.

The expansive parking lot of Ripken Stadium is frequently used as a venue for SCCA autocross racing for many racers on the east coast.

Features[edit]

The stadium features a three-tiered cafe behind home plate, available for patrons who want to have dinner and drinks during a game. The upper level has a press box behind home plate, 256 club seats and six skyboxes. Ripken Stadium was one of the first short-season Single-A ballparks to have a fully enclosed club level and skyboxes.[5]

Notable Events[edit]

In 2009, The Maryland Redbirds, of the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League, (the CRSCBL), played all weekday games and one weekend doubleheader at the stadium. The CRSCBL previously used the stadium for the annual all-star game in 2005 and 2007.

The stadium hosted the inaugural Ripken Cup collegiate baseball invitational between University of Maryland and Towson University on April 15, 2014 and May 7, 2014.[9]

An inside view of Ripken Stadium.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ripken Stadium". Minor League Baseball. February 6, 2009. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Groundbreaking Set for Aberdeen Stadium". The Baltimore Sun. October 19, 2000. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Error in Aberdeen". The Baltimore Sun. December 16, 2007. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Gunts, Edward (June 16, 2002). "Only the Players Are Minor-League". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Broughton, David (June 17, 2002). "Facility Opening: Ripken Stadium". SportsBusiness Journal. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ "IronBirds Close Out Season With One Last Walk-Off Win". Minor League Baseball. September 5, 2010. Archived from the original on May 19, 2011. Retrieved May 19, 2011. "The IronBirds front office staff would like to send out a big "thank you" to the fans for making 2010 another sell-out season." 
  8. ^ "Harford to Play Pair of April Baseball Games at Ripken Stadium". Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference. April 15, 2011. Archived from the original on May 19, 2011. Retrieved May 19, 2011. "The 6,300 capacity stadium is one of two stadiums in the history of baseball to sell out every home game in franchise history." 
  9. ^ "Ripken Stadium to Host Inaugural Ripken Cup". The Baltimore Sun. February 18, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 

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