Fraser Field

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Not to be confused with Frazer Field, a defunct football field in Newark, Delaware.

Coordinates: 42°28′25.24″N 70°57′12.35″W / 42.4736778°N 70.9534306°W / 42.4736778; -70.9534306

Fraser Field
Fraser Field during a North Shore Spirit game
Location 365 Western Ave
Lynn, MA 01904
Owner City of Lynn, MA
Operator North Shore Navigators, Salvi Sports Enterprises
Capacity 3,804
Field size Left Field: 330 ft
Center Field: 400 ft
Right Field: 335 ft
Surface ProGrass artificial turf (infield)
Natural Grass (outfield)
Construction
Broke ground 1940
Opened June 18, 1940
Renovated 2003
Construction cost $210,000
Tenants
North Shore Navigators (FCBL) (2008–present)
North Shore Spirit (Can-Am League) (2003–2007)
Massachusetts Mad Dogs (NEL) (1995–1997)
Lynn Pirates (EL) (1983)
Lynn Sailors (EL) (1980–1982)
Lynn Tigers (NEL) (1949)
Lynn Red Sox (NEL) (1946–1948)

Fraser Field is a baseball park in Lynn, Massachusetts that was built in 1940 by the Works Progress Administration as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. Fraser Field has played host to many minor-league baseball teams over the years.

Beyond centerfield is the adjacent Manning Field, which replaced the old Manning Bowl.

Recent use[edit]

The North Shore Navigators of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League call Fraser Field home. 2008 was the Navigators' inaugural season at Fraser, having moved from Holyoke, Massachusetts, and the organization won its first NECBL title since the move to Lynn in 2010.

Fraser Field hosted the Massachusetts Mad Dogs from 1995-1997 and the North Shore Spirit from 2003-2007.

In 2006 and 2007, the opening round of the Beanpot, a college baseball tournament featuring Boston College, Northeastern University, The University of Massachusetts, and Harvard University, were played at Fraser Field.

Field structure[edit]

Fraser Field Grandstand.

The infield of Fraser Field is artificial turf manufactured and installed by Pro Grass LLC, while the outfield is natural grass.

In 2003, Nicholas Lopardo invested about $2.5 million to revitalize the park. Lopardo's renovations included new scoreboards, seating, concessions, and clubhouses, along with a remodeled roof covering a section of the park's grandstand.[1] When the Spirit folded, Lopardo removed the portable clubhouses and graphic scoreboard, but other improvements remained in place.

The artificial turf was redone for the 2015 baseball season, finally omitting the Spirit logo denoting the previous franchise.

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.digitalballparks.com/CanAm/Lynn21.html Fraser Field slideshow, URL accessed December 13, 2008