Prince George's Stadium
Prince George's Stadium
Prince George's Stadium is the home of the Baltimore Orioles' Double-A affiliate in the Eastern League, the Bowie Baysox.
The stadium, originally slated to open at the start of the 1994 season, did not open until June 16, 1994, because of construction delays due to poor weather. Its capacity for baseball is listed at 10,000, but when the Double-A All-Star Game was held there in 2000, the attendance was about 14,000. The 2002 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game was held at the stadium.
While the stadium was being finished, the Baysox played one full season (1993) at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium and a few series in 1994 at fields belonging to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, and the University of Maryland, College Park, as well as the minor league stadiums of the Frederick Keys and Wilmington Blue Rocks.
Prince George's Stadium is located near the intersection of U.S. Route 301 and U.S. Route 50. It has been host to the Double-A All-Star Game (2000), the Eastern League All-Star Game (2004), the "Congressional Baseball Game" for charity, the Allen Iverson Celebrity Softball Classic, the 2002 MLL Lacrosse All-Star Game, the 2008 USA Women's Olympic Softball team, Super Yard Sales, concerts, and Tulip Gulch Productions' Halloween Haunted House Events in addition to its primary function as home of the Orioles' Class AA Minor League Affiliate.
Due to its close proximity to several local military bases including Fort George G. Meade, Andrews Air Force Base and the United States Naval Academy, the stadium is also regularly the site of related promotions involving enlisted persons. For example, June 14, 2007, 5,000 Baysox tickets were distributed to soldiers to celebrate Flag Day with professional wrestler Sergeant Slaughter.
In 2004, it also served as the home of the D.C. Forward, the city's Pro Cricket team.
Prince George's Stadium was featured in the January 30, 2007 episode ("Well Digger")[Watch Episode] of the hit Discovery Channel show Dirty Jobs where host Mike Rowe performed a variety of jobs including the singing of the National Anthem.
In 2012, the Baysox celebrated their 20th season in team history in addtition to the 20th season as the Class AA Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. In those 20 seasons, over 140 players have put on the Baysox uniform and have gone on to play in the Major Leagues, many of them for the Orioles. [Baysox To The Bigs].
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