Ripken Stadium Review
Review of Ripken Stadium Rating: 5
by Malcolm MacMillan
- Ripken Stadium is in the heart of the Ripken Academy complex
- Modern facility seats 6,500 fans
Construction on Ripken Stadium began in 2001 and the ballpark opened on June 18, 2002, in time for the opening game of the New York-Penn League season. The facility seats 6,500 spectators and has dimensions of 310 feet to left field, 400 feet to center field and 310 feet to right field. It has six luxury boxes, Club Level seating for 375 people, an open-air cafe behind home plate, a three-level party deck in the left field corner and a two-level picnic area down the first base line.
Ripken Stadium has two scoreboards; a basic box score-style board in left-center field and a large video board in right-center. The IronBirds dugout is located on the first base side and the team's clubhouse is in the right field corner.
Ripken Stadium itself is the crown jewel of the enormous baseball complex, dubbed the "Ripken Academy," on the same grounds. The area features seven full-sized youth baseball diamonds, two smaller youth fields, a training circle, pitching practice mounds, batting cages, a picnic area and even the garden of Ripken's parents, Cal Ripken, Sr. and Vi Ripken.
Located in the center of the complex is the Courtyard Aberdeen at Ripken Stadium, a seven-story, 114-room hotel that is used by visiting NYPL teams. Aberdeen has limited hotel options, so staying at this hotel is ideal if you're planning to catch an IronBirds game or two.