TD Bank Ballpark Named Best Independent League Ballpark in the Nation


BRIDGEWATER, NJ- TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots, has been named Ballpark Digest’s Best Independent Ballpark in the nation for the second straight year.

"We are honored once again to be voted as the Best Independent Ballpark by Ballpark Digest. This award isn’t just about the Somerset Patriots and our valuable staff, but equally about our great fans, marketing partners, Somerset County and the entire community," said Kalafer, founding chairman of the Patriots and a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

"We strive to always provide the very best experience to everyone that has chosen to spend their valuable time with family, friends, co-workers and peers with us to make TD Bank Ballpark their home away from home," he added.

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 This is the second year for the Best of the Ballparks fan voting, where Ballpark Digest asked its readers to weigh in on their favorite MLB, Triple-A, Double-A, High-A, Low-A, Short Season A, Independent, Summer-Collegiate, and Spring Training ballparks.

TD Bank Ballpark was the only one to repeat as fan favorite in 2016.

 "Fans love TD Bank Ballpark, and they’re certainly willing to show it," said Kevin Reichard, Ballpark Digest publisher. "Now that we’ve run this competition multiple times, we know how hard it is to repeat as the fan choice. Somerset Patriots fans love their team and love their ballpark."

 Over 94,000 fans voted in the Best of the Ballparks 2016 competition.

 In the final round, fans were asked to choose between TD Bank Ballpark and Regency Furniture Stadium, home of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, in an all-Atlantic League conclusion to voting.  TD Bank Ballpark won by a margin of 72 percent over Regency Furniture Stadium.


"We are humbled and appreciative of all those that took the time to vote to show their love for our home. The numbers speak for themselves of how much people care about TD Bank Ballpark. It was the vision of our ownership; and the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders to build the ballpark in Bridgewater Township. Their vision is made a reality everyday by the families, businesses and organizations that have made TD Bank Ballpark the premier community gathering place in Central New Jersey," said Patrick McVerry, Patriots president/general manager.


After receiving a first round bye for winning in 2015, TD Bank Ballpark bested Kokernot Field (Alpine Cowboys) in the second round with 77%, topped Yogi Berra Stadium (New Jersey Jackals) in round three with 67%, and won the fourth round over Community America Ballpark (Kansas City T-Bones) with 72%. TD Bank Ballpark then took on Atlantic League ballparks in the last two rounds, defeating Constellation Field (Sugar Land Skeeters) in the Final Four with 64% to advance to the Final Round against the Regency Furniture Stadium (Southern Maryland Blue Crabs).

 TD Bank Ballpark, which opened in 1999, battled through the Best of the Ballparks contest in 2015, eventually besting CHS Field, the $64 million home of the St. Paul Saints in Minnesota, in the final round by a margin of 65% to 35%.

 TD Bank Ballpark, the "Jewel of the Atlantic League," officially opened its gates in June of 1999 and has welcomed over 6,000,000 fans.

 The 6,100-seat ballpark is owned by Somerset County and managed by the Patriots, who have consistently drawn over 5,300 fans per game and 370,000 fans per season since 1999.

"This award reaffirms what Somerset County and Central New Jersey residents know, that our beautiful TD Bank Ballpark is the best. Our ballpark has provided families and the community with a safe and clean place to enjoy America’s favorite pastime for almost two decades now. I can tell you that this is a well-deserved honor and we are all very proud to say TD Bank Ballpark is one of the jewels that makes Somerset County such a great place to live, work and visit," said Patricia Walsh, Somerset County freeholder director.

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