Since our gates opened in 1996, the Shorebirds have become an integral part of the Delmarva community. As the only professional sports team in the area, our team and our stadium are one of the staples of the Eastern Shore. Spawned by the efforts of Franklin P. Perdue, a man whose leadership, vision and commitment to small town values, helped him build one of the most successful companies in America.
7th Inning Stretch, LP purchased the Shorebirds in 2007 from Comcast Spectacor. Since acquiring the team, 7th Inning Stretch has gone to great length to improve the fan experience and Arthur W. Perdue Stadium itself. A new state-of-the-art sound system was installed, the interior of the park was freshly painted and the kids area was paved and upgraded to feature more inflatables for kids.
As we enter our 20th season, it is our goal to continually look for ways to improve our stadium and the fan experience.
Arthur W. Perdue Stadium Stats & Firsts
Total Attendance: 4,644,176 fans
Largest Single-Season Attendance: 324,412 (1997)
First Pitch: April 17, 1996 vs. Columbus - 'Birds won 4-2