ShoreTown Ballpark

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ShoreTown Ballpark
Location Lakewood, NJ United States
Building chronology
Built 2001
Jersey Shore BlueClaws

ShoreTown Ballpark in Lakewood, NJ, is the home of the Jersey Shore BlueClaws, the Philadelphia Phillies' South Atlantic League farm team. The lease between the 'Claws and Lakewood Township runs through 2055!

Opened in 2001, the ballpark lured the Cape Fear Crocs - née Fayetteville Generals - north. Originally the Lakewood BlueClaws, the club was purchased during the 2017 by season by locally based Shore Town Baseball. STB changed its locale name to the region-based one during the 2020-2021 off-season. Since that rebranding, the stadium has added mini-golf, boardwalk games, the Sand Bar and the second-level Blue Wave Bar in keeping with the seashore theme.

Opened as GPU Energy Park in 2000, it was the second stadium to which the utility bought naming rights in two years - the other being the former Reading Municipal Memorial Stadium in Reading, PA. After the season, GPU and FirstEnergy merged, with both parks changing names; Lakewood's would be known as FirstEnergy Park through the 2021 campaign. On March 18, 2022 - five seasons after buying the BlueClaws and a year and a half after changing their locale name - STB announced it was renaming the stadium to remind fans of the team's local ownership.

Relatively unscathed by Hurricane Sandy, the ballpark was a staging area for recovery operations. Despite its stated capacity, 6,500, the 'Claws once packed it so full - 13,003 - they capped per-game sales at 8,000 in 2012. The 13K accrued from a perfect storm of simultaneous factors not likely to be repeated; the 'Claws later rescinded the cap but have not approached 13K since.

Current ballparks of the South Atlantic League
North Division South Division
Daniel S. Frawley Stadium | Dutchess Stadium | Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium
Maimonides Park | ShoreTown Ballpark
Bowling Green Ballpark | First National Bank Field | Fluor Field at the West End | L.P. Frans Stadium
McCormick Field | State Mutual Stadium | Truist Stadium