Campbell’s Field is falling down, starting this week

David Madden
December 16, 2018 - 4:00 am

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CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) – Seventeen years ago, it was viewed as a linchpin in Camden’s rebirth. This week, crews will begin tearing down Campbell’s Field.

The 6,400 seat stadium, in the shadow of the Ben Franklin Bridge, played host to the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League. The team didn’t work out, and the left town 3 years ago.

“Campbell’s Field is coming down because independent league baseball simply could not sustain the finances of the stadium,” Camden County Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli told KYW Newsradio. “So because baseball was not a viable option there, it was decided to demolish the stadium and in place Rutgers Camden will be expanding its campus.”

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But, Cappelli says, there are plans to replace the stadium with another sports facility.

“Rutgers will be building an athletic complex, a long term asset for the city and for the university,” Cappelli added. “They will be seeking some input from the residents of Camden City on how this facility can be used. It will be home for the Rutgers Camden athletic program and for city youth sports as well.”

Demolition will cost the county over $900,000, and will likely be completed by the spring.

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