TD Bank Ballpark, the “Jewel of the Atlantic League,” has been for 15 years, the premier family and community destination in Central New Jersey.
The 6,100-seat ballpark is owned by Somerset County and run by the Somerset Patriots, who have consistently drawn over 5,300 fans per game and 370,000 fans per season since 1999.
The Patriots’ home had it’s official groundbreaking at what is now home plate on April 29, 1998 with a special ceremony that included team representatives and Somerset County elected officials. The ballpark was designed by Clarke Caton & Hintz and SSP Architectural Group and built by Epic Construction.
A little over a year after the groundbreaking, the ballpark opened for business on June 7, 1999 as Somerset Ballpark.
Renamed Commerce Bank Ballpark in July of 2000 during the first of two Atlantic League All-Star Games held at the location, the Patriots and Commerce Bank’s partnership was one of the largest minor league baseball naming rights agreements in the country.
With Commerce Bank becoming TD Bank, the ballpark name was changed to TD Bank Ballpark in April of 2009.
Over the years, the Patriots have set single game attendance records multiple times, most recently on July 3, 2009 with 8,537 fans.
The ballpark has been honored with two selections in Baseball America’s “Great Ballparks” calendars in 2000 and 2005. The league also named TD Bank Ballpark the “Ballpark of the Year” for the 2007 season.
In addition to 70 Patriots home games, the ballpark is a multi-use facility that has been the home to several events. TD Bank Ballpark has hosted college baseball championship tournaments for the Big East and the Northeast Conference. Each year, the ballpark is the site for the Somerset County Baseball Championships and several high school games used as fundraisers for the participating schools.
Other sporting events held at the location have included Sky Blue FC Women’s Professional Soccer games, Major League Lacrosse, and Professional Cricket.
TD Bank Ballpark is also the home of several community events, including The American Diabetes Association’s Step Out Walk To Fight Diabetes and Operation Shoebox New Jersey packing events
Somerset County Park
Commission has used the ballpark to host concerts over the past decade that
have included big name acts such as Jessica Simpson, Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee
Lewis and Tony Bennett.
TD Bank Ballpark has also been the site for The Big Apple Circus every March before the start of the baseball season.