Camden Athletic Complex opens on site of former Minor League Baseball stadium

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The $16 million Camden Athletic Complex, located on the site of the former minor league baseball stadium Campbell’s Field on Camden’s waterfront, held its grand opening last week.

“This brand new sports complex will expand the availability of open playing fields not only for Rutgers-Camden sports teams, but will also meet the needs of our city and county residents,” said Commissioner Jeff Nash, who provides the liaison with the Parks Department. “This project will transform the waterfront and be a boon for the children of Camden. The impact of this park will be felt for generations to come in the city and is now one of the premier complexes in the area.

Works included the demolition of the old Campbell’s Field and the construction of a turf baseball diamond and multi-purpose field, an eight-lane track, a pole vault and a bell tower, and a clubhouse with changing rooms, bathrooms and training rooms.

The facility also includes 26 new parking spaces with bike racks, new sports lighting and is equipped with improved stormwater management.

“This project represents an investment in our neighborhoods and ultimately a tangible investment in the quality of life for all Camden residents,” said City of Camden Mayor Victor Carstarphen. “It is an exceptional achievement for the city to have a first class sports complex located right here on our waterfront. We are also fortunate to have this asset under the direction of two community conscious partners at the Rutgers-Camden University and County Commissioners Camden Athletic Complex is another commitment of my administration and our partners to supporting youth sports and fostering an environment where we expand health and wellness programs community.

“Rutgers is proud to be a partner in helping launch this county-owned and operated facility,” said Antonio D. Tillis, Chancellor of Rutgers University Camden. “These playing fields will provide a foundation for our NCAA and our club sports. This complex will also provide opportunities for families in Camden and Camden County to exercise, play and build healthy communities.

In 2017, the Rutgers University Board of Governors approved the $7.5 million investment in redevelopment of the complex. The multi-purpose sports facility includes baseball, lacrosse and track and field fields that will be used by Rutgers University–Camden NCAA Division III and club teams as well as the wider Camden community. Camden County owns the property and will manage the operations of the complex.

“I’m thrilled to know that the community teams will be playing on the same grounds and racing on the same track as our Scarlet Raptors,” Chancellor Tillis said. “Everybody wins.”

Jeff Dean, director of athletics and recreation services at Rutgers–Camden, noted how the sports complex will be a huge asset to the future of the university’s teams. “Athletics never had a home at Rutgers–Camden during my time here and baseball has played on the road for the past few years,” he said. “It’s a fantastic development for these teams as well as our other sports to have the opportunity to practice and play on campus.”

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