Monday, September 8, 2014

Local Destination: Camden Riversharks


We love attending live sporting events.  From tennis practices and pick up hockey games to professional teams and stadium events, seeing athletes play in person is always a treat, and we believe there's almost nothing more fun in sports than heading to a minor league baseball game.  You get to root, root, root for the home team for a much friendly price and often a more entertaining game.
 
As part of our Camden Waterfront Tour, Daily Vacationer headed out to Campbell's Field to see the Riversharks play, and we had a great time!  The team and the stadium have been around since 2001, and they couldn't have picked a better spot to play ball.  Right at the base of the historic Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the stadium overlooks the Delaware River and gives an unbelievable view of the Philadelphia skyline.
 
Campbell's Field is big enough for a great ball game, but it's more compact size puts bathrooms, elevators, and concessions all within a quick, easy distance, so you won't have to miss a big chunk of the game if hunger or duty calls.  And everyone is going to want to walk over to the third base concourse to get a look at the great view and to take a ride on the carousel.  That's right, Campbell's Field has its own custom-made carousel - and it's quite a ride!
 
Besides the carousel, little fans will have a great time at the United Way Fit and Fun Zone (hosted by team mascot: Finley) where they can play with bouncy inflatables and take a turn climbing the rock wall.  Campbell's Field is also a great place to host a birthday party.  For those a bit older, it's a wonderful spot for corporate events or private functions (like the wedding that was going on the day we went to the game).  20 luxury suites and over 400 club level seats allow plenty of space for any size party.  The Riversharks also make great fundraising partners.
 
Campbell's Field hosts a huge variety of fun events and theme nights all season long (most made possible by Wawa), making each experience unique.  From Heritage Nights and Military Appreciation Nights to Bark in the Park and Riversharks Overnights, there's always a special reason to come out to a game.  Make sure you bring the family often as kids 12 and under get in for FREE at any home game when they wear their own uniform, athletic jersey, or activity club t-shirt.  For only $15 (or FREE with a purchase of a large pizza from Pizza Hut), they can also join the Kids Club with perks all season long.  Weekly promotions (Munchkin Monday, Dollar Tuesday, Winning Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, Fireworks Friday, Kids Run the Bases Saturday, and Family Funday Sunday) as well as giveaways also add to the experience.  Make sure to get to at least one fireworks night (every Friday and Saturday home game).
 
Watching the game itself is a treat, with a great team and loyal fans cheering them on.  At a Riversharks game everyone is much closer to the players and the action, which we think makes the spectators a little more invested in the game.  And the home crowd was certainly proud of their team's victory the evening that Daily Vacationer was there, giving the Riversharks players a standing ovation as they headed back to the dug out.  This team is definitely a winner - not just in baseball, but in making the pastime unbelievably entertaining and fun for everyone. 


The 2014 Riversharks home season ends on Thursday, Sept 18


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