Stadium Minor League History:
Northern League 1999-present
Current Status: Home of the New Jersey Jackals of the Northern League
What's Good: Another of the shiny, new, relatively comfortable stadiums that are popping up in more densley populated regions of the country, Yogi Berra Stadium is attractive and functional, though somewhat lacking in character. A big plus (if you're a Yogi Berra fan, at least) is the museum dedicated to him that's immediately adjacent to the seating area. Like all of the newer places, there were plenty of concessions and restrooms, keeping lines short. But one of my favorite things was the presence of that trumpet guy (who used to be in Salem, Virginia, I think) -- he was a fun, spontaneous alternative to the usual canned sound effects.
What's Not So Good: Hard to say, since the stadium wasn't completely finished when I visited. The biggest downside (though time will fix this, of course) is that since minor league ball is new to the area, most of the folks in attendance didn't know what was going on, and I'm sure it's usually pretty crowded there. And why a stadium named after Yogi Berra didn't have Yoo Hoo on sale at the concession stands is beyond me!
July 30, 1998 New Jersey Jackals vs. Massachusetts Mad
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