Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium
stadium_name = Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium
nickname = The Den
location = 450 Broad Street
Newark, New Jersey07102
opened =July 16, 1999
surface = grass | construction_cost = $30 million
Newark Bears(AL) ( 1998-present) Rutgers University-Newarkbaseball ( NCAA) New Jersey Institute of Technologybaseball
seating_capacity = 6,200
dimensions = Left Field: 302 ft (92.0496 m) Left-Center Field: 364 ft (110.9472 m) Center Field: 394 ft (120.0912 m) Right-Center Field: 365 ft (111.252 m) Right Field: 323 ft (98.4504 m)
Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium is a 6,200-seat baseball-only stadium in
Newark, New Jersey, USA, that hosted its first regular season baseball game on July 16, 1999, as the tenants of the facility, the Newark Bears, took on the Lehigh Valley Black Diamonds. It was built as the home of the Newark Bearsbaseball team, as well as to the college baseball teams of the Newark campus of Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
The Newark Bears had joined the league at its founding in 1998, but played their 'home' games at
The Ballpark at Harbor Yardin Bridgeport, Connecticutduring that first season. They played several 'home' games at Skylands Park, in Augusta, New Jersey, during the first half of the 1999 season, but came home to Newark to open the second half.
The Bears have nicknamed the stadium "The Den," representing the home of a bear. Originally, the stadium was to be built along the
Passaic River, perhaps at or near Riverbank Park, but the eventual site was at Broad and Orange Streets, a block from the New Jersey TransitBroad Street Station. A block of Orange Street, between Broad Street and McCarter Highway, was vacated to allow for the ballpark to be built.
In 2001, the Bears added "Bears & Eagles" to the name of the park, to reflect the heritage represented by both the
International League's Bears, and the Negro National League Newark Eagles, both of whom had played at Ruppert Stadium (demolished in 1967) in the area now called the Ironbound.
Light Rail Service
Since July 17, 2006, the stadium is enjoying service from its own Riverfront Stadium station along the Newark Light Rail line. This station now serves the stadium on game days and other scheduled events.
* [http://www.newarkbears.com/riverfront/about/ Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium]
* [http://njithighlanders.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/njit-m-basebl-body.html NJIT baseball]
* [http://scarletraiders.rutgers.edu/baseball/index.php Rutgers-Newark baseball]
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