Arthur W. Perdue Stadium Review

The Review of Arthur W. Perdue Stadium Rating: 3.5
by Malcolm MacMillan
  • Park opened at start of 1996 season
  • Ballpark has capacity of 5,200
Arthur W. Perdue Stadium, home of the South Atlantic League's Delmarva Shorebirds.

Construction on Arthur W. Perdue Stadium began in June of 1995, following the announcement that Salisbury had been granted a South Atlantic League franchise. Work was completed prior to opening day in 1996, and the park officially opened for business at the Shorebirds home opener, April 17, 1996.

The Shorebirds are the lone official occupant of the park, which has a capacity of 5,200 and dimensions of 309 feet to left field, 400 feet to center field and 309 feet to right field. The park has been named Arthur W. Perdue Stadium since day one. It's named after Perdue, who founded Perdue Farms in 1920 in Salisbury. The company has since grown into one of the nation's largest chicken producers, with annual sales in excess of $4 billion.

One of the park's prime attractions is the Maryland Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, which is free to enter. Make sure to devote time to checking out this impressive baseball museum that has countless artefacts celebrating the local area's connections to the national pastime.

Perdue Stadium has an open-air concourse that allows you to see the action on the field regardless of where you're walking or standing. In addition to a large, modern-looking team shop, its other highlights include an arcade, merry-go-round and an impressive suite level. The park has two scoreboards -- a traditional digital board and a more modern video board.