This stadium was once the home of the Atlantic City Surf minor league baseball team. Playing from 1998-2009, the Surf provided entertainment to baseball fans for over 10 seasons. In 2012, renovations were made and the doors reopened, allowing youth baseball to play at the stadium along with local colleges and high schools. The old Sandcastle Stadium, now known as Surf Stadium, stands as a tribute to the game of baseball in Atlantic City, NJ.
Atlantic City is known for its nightlife at the casino’s and
fun in the sun on the boardwalks and beaches. Tourists from all over choose
Atlantic City as their vacation destination precisely for the wide range of
activities. A staple in Atlantic City is their wildly successful sporting
events. From world championship boxing to hosting the A10 college basketball
tournament, Atlantic City has proven to be a formidable host for Sporting
events. Taking that into consideration, AC decided it was time to create a
franchise in the city and in 1998 the Atlantic City Surf baseball team was
The first obstacle was the field. An area of land on Bader
Field, a former airport, was used to construct a 5,500-seat baseball stadium in
1996. The construction took 2 years and cost $15 million, but in 1998 the
stadium was open for its inaugural season under the name The Sandcastle. The
Sandcastle was the home of the Atlantic City Surf baseball team that played in
the Atlantic League and later the Can-Am League.
The Atlantic City surf played there from 1998-2009, when the
team eventually folded due to lack of support. Atlantic City’s various options
proved too much as attendance hit new lows each season. During the playing
years, the Surf was managed by former MLB greats such as Mitch Williams and
Cecil Fielder. Today the field is still
used for youth baseball camps, local high school games, and is home to the
Atlantic Cape Community College Buccaneers. If you are interested in baseball
stadiums, this is a must stop visit. Closed now during most of the year, the architecture
and murals around the stadium can be seen from a walk around the premesis.