FirstEnergy Park

From BR Bullpen

FirstEnergy Park
Location Lakewood, NJ United States
Building chronology
Built 2001
Tenants
Jersey Shore BlueClaws
Capacity
6,500

FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, NJ, is the home of the Jersey Shore BlueClaws, the Philadelphia Phillies'High-A East farm team.

Opened in 2001, it lured the Cape Fear Crocs - née Fayetteville Generals - north. Originally the Lakewood BlueClaws - Lakewood being a New Jersey township - they changed their locale name from the township's to the region's during the 2020-2021 off-season. The team-township lease runs through 2055!

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 The 13K accrued from a perfect storm of simultaneous factors not likely to be repeated; the 'Claws later rescinded the cap but have not approached 13K since.

Oh - they also won three South Atlantic League championships ...