Yogi Berra StadiumEdit profile
Yogi Berra Stadium is a baseball stadium in Little Falls, New Jersey, United States, on the campus of Montclair State University, which is located in Montclair. The stadium is home to the New Jersey Jackals of the independent Can-Am League. It is also used by the Montclair State baseball team. Official seating capacity is 3,784, although with standing room and outfield grass seating the actual capacity is over two times that; these seats are typically only sold when there is a larger than expected crowd, such as for holidays or fireworks nights. The New Jersey Pride of Major League Lacrosse used the stadium as their home field for the 2001 season. The stadium is one of three Can-Am League venues in New Jersey; Skylands Park in Augusta and Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark are the other two. Floyd Hall, a resident of Montclair and then chief executive officer of K-Mart, donated money for the building of an ice arena and a new baseball stadium for Montclair State University's team. The ice arena, bearing his name, opened in early 1998. When an opening arose in what was then known as the Northeast League, Hall bought in and started the New Jersey Jackals. The stadium was opened for play just hours before the Jackals' home opener in May 1998 and was named for Yogi Berra, who had made his home in Montclair during his playing and managerial careers with the New York Yankees. (Montclair State, who had planned on using the stadium for its baseball team in the spring, was forced to use its former facility for an additional year.) The stadium, though open for business, was under construction the entire season due to an addition being built onto it. Still, fans hungry for economical entertainment flocked to the ball park for a fun night out, and the park is well-constructed with good sight lines. This was in spite of access and egress problems presented by the location of the stadium; the only direct access is from Montclair State's Quinn Road ramp that begins in Clifton and fans must either drive across campus to Normal Avenue or exit via Clove Road in order to leave the ballpark. Construction of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, which was ongoing during the season, was completed in 1998. A skybox was constructed as part of the museum, and has very limited access- Berra, who signs autographs at the stadium at least once a season, is the primary user of the seats but on other occasions the Jackals will allow professional scouts to use the seating area. The final phase of construction was completed in early 1999 as the seating areas were renovated and extended, with seats going as far as left and right field and several reserved sections being replaced with box seats, installation of several concession stands and a second set of restrooms, a new team store, and a resurfacing of the walls with white stucco. The stadium is not served by any public transportation service but New Jersey Transit and DeCamp bus service is available on the opposite side of campus and the university's train station is within walking distance. Campus shuttles serve the shared parking lots the stadium uses.