Shipley Field

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Shipley Field
Shipley Field, as viewed from Byrd Stadium, October 2013
LocationCollege Park, Maryland, United States
Coordinates38°59′21″N 76°56′39″W / 38.98917°N 76.94417°W / 38.98917; -76.94417Coordinates: 38°59′21″N 76°56′39″W / 38.98917°N 76.94417°W / 38.98917; -76.94417
OwnerUniversity of Maryland, College Park
Capacity2,500
Field sizeLeft Field - 324 ft
Center Field - 362 ft
Right Field - 324 ft
SurfaceFieldTurf Double Play
Opened1965
Tenants
Maryland Terrapins baseball (NCAA) (1965–)
Bowie Baysox (1994)
College Park Bombers (2009)

Shipley Field at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium is a baseball stadium in College Park, Maryland. It has served as the home field of the Maryland Terrapins baseball team at the University of Maryland since 1965. Shipley Field was formerly the home of the College Park Bombers of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League,[1] and was also used as a baseball venue by the Bowie Baysox during the 1994 season.[2] The major league Washington Senators held a practice at Shipley Field on April 8, 1968 when their Opening Day game was postponed in the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.[3]

The stadium holds 2,500 people and opened in 1965. It is named after former Maryland baseball coach, Burton Shipley.[4] In 2004, a new artificial turf replaced an older turf installation in the stadium's infield, and improvements were made to the under field drainage system.[5]

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  1. ^ "Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League Ballparks". ripkenscollegebaseball.org. Archived from the original on October 24, 2009. Retrieved October 24, 2009.
  2. ^ Baker, Kent (February 24, 1994). "Baysox eye home away from home". The Baltimore Sun.
  3. ^ Allen, Scott (March 29, 2018). "Fifty years ago, Nats' Opening Day was postponed after assassination of Martin Luther King Jr". The Washington Post (D.C. Sports Bog). Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  4. ^ "SHIPLEY FIELD". umterps.com. Archived from the original on October 24, 2009. Retrieved October 24, 2009.
  5. ^ "Colleges & Universities - University of Maryland; College Park, Maryland". Lloyd Civil & Sports Engineering. Archived from the original on 31 August 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2013.

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