Even if you don't know a ground rule double from a grand slam homer, don't let that stop you from rooting for one of South Jersey's minor league baseball teams. The combination of summer sunshine, hot dogs, and a day of family fun that doesn't require a bank loan is worth the price of the very affordable admission. And the user-friendly size of the ballparks means no matter where you sit, you're close to the action.
Today's Trenton Thunder players are tomorrow's Yankee stars. In the comfortable Waterfront Park overlooking the historic Delaware River, the Yankees AA farm club team hones their skills while playing some really good baseball. Once the training ground for such major leaguers as Juan Padilla, Dioner Navarro and Andy Phillips, the Trenton Thunder gives fans a full season of power-packed baseball. Arrive early and take a guided tour of the Yankee Club's one-of-a-kind collection of memorabilia. During the 7th inning stretch, or any time during the game, head to the kid's play zone. And check out special promotion nights when you get even more for your money with fireworks and giveaways.
At Campbell's Field on the Camden Waterfront, enjoy the Camden Riversharks, the 2004 South Division champions who play in one of the best minor league stadiums on the circuit. Named "Independent Ball Park of the Year" two years running by Baseball America, no matter where you sit â€“ even in the picnic area and kid's play zone -- you are close to the action. Post-game fireworks make Friday night games a hot ticket, and be sure to bring your camera for the post-game kids' run around the bases following Sunday afternoon games.
When you enter the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton for a Trenton Titans game, you might not know what the outcome will be but you will know that you are in for an exciting night of hockey. A member of the growing ECHL league, the Trenton Titans are the professional development team affiliated with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Philadelphia Phantoms, which means these guys are serious. They go after that puck with all the speed and energy you expect from a professional hockey team.
If you just can't wait for the fall football season to begin, check out the Camden Lynx and the Gloucester County Generals. Neither rain, nor heat, nor summer humidity will prevent these adult amateurs from engaging in full contact football.
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