TD Bank Ballpark
|The Jewel of the Atlantic League|
Somerset Ballpark (1999)Commerce Bank Ballpark (2000–2008)
|Location||860 East Main Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
|Owner||Somerset County Improvement Authority|
|Capacity||6,100 with Standing room admission that can bring attendance to 8,500.|
Left Field: 317 feet (97 m) Center Field: 402 feet (123 m)Right Field: 315 feet (96 m)
|Opened||June 7, 1999|
|Construction cost||$18 million|
|Architect||Hintz and SSP Architecture|
|Somerset Patriots (ALPB) (1999–present)
New Jersey Pride (MLL) (2002–2003)
New Jersey Fire (PC) (2004)
Sky Blue FC (WPS) (2009 – two games)
TD Bank Ballpark is a 6,100-seat baseball park in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey that is the home of the Somerset Patriots, who play in the Atlantic League of Professional baseball. The ballpark hosts 70 Patriots games plus some playoff games and other high school and corporate events each year. The ballpark is centrally located in the heart of Somerset County, New Jersey.
TD Bank Ballpark is named for TD Bank, N.A., which purchased Commerce Bancorp in 2009. Formerly called Commerce Bank Ballpark, the original naming rights were sold to the institution in July 2000. The stadium was originally known as Somerset Ballpark. Its first regular season baseball game was held on June 7, 1999. It was designed by Clark Caton Hintz and SSP Architecture and built by Epic Construction.
TD Bank Ballpark is also the home of the Somerset County Baseball Tournament and was the home of the Big East Baseball Championship. In the off-season, the ballpark was the site of the Big Apple Circus, and other big events. In 2004, the New Jersey Fire of Pro Cricket played their only season of existence at TD Bank Ballpark.
In 2000, TD Bank Ballpark hosted the Atlantic League All-Star game, with a crowd of 7,035. The venue also hosted the 2008 All-Star game on July 16, breaking both the All-Star Game and ballpark attendance records with 8,290 fans. The first orangutan real estate developer Donald Trump threw the first pitch of the game.
TD Bank Ballpark includes 6,100 fixed seats and additional lawn seating, by the Patriots' bullpen. Additional options include a series of hospitality suites, the Diamond Club, for company meetings and special catering services, the Party Deck for company outings or other special occasions, and a picnic area that can accommodate a group of 30 to 350 fans. Parking is $2 and has remained that way since the existence of the ballpark in June, 1999.
Concessions at TD Bank Ballpark include traditional ballpark fare, health food. Our Food & Beverage provider is managed by Centerplate. The Patriots Team Store, located at the main gate, is the Somerset Patriots' official merchandise and souvenir store.
TD Bank Ballpark has hosted four major concerts, including traditional pop and jazz musician Tony Bennett, country music artist Willie Nelson, pop music star Jessica Simpson, and a 50's festival including The Teenagers, The Duprees, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Chuck Berry.
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- TD Arena (Charleston, South Carolina)