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Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium

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Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium
Shipley Field, as viewed from Byrd Stadium, October 2013
Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium
Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium
Location within Maryland
Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium
Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium
Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium (the United States)
Full nameShipley Field at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium
Former namesShipley Field (1956–2009)
Address4122 Fieldhouse Drive
LocationCollege Park, Maryland
Coordinates38°59′21″N 76°56′39″W / 38.98917°N 76.94417°W / 38.98917; -76.94417Coordinates: 38°59′21″N 76°56′39″W / 38.98917°N 76.94417°W / 38.98917; -76.94417
OwnerUniversity of Maryland, College Park
OperatorUniversity of Maryland, College Park
Field sizeLF: 320 ft (97.5 m)
CF: 385 ft (117.3 m)
RF: 325 ft (99.1 m)
Opened1952 (1952)
Maryland Terrapins baseball (NCAA) 1965–present
Bowie Baysox (EL) 1994
College Park Bombers (CRSCBL) 2009

Shipley Field at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium is a baseball stadium in College Park, Maryland. It has served as the home field of the Maryland Terrapins baseball team at the University of Maryland since 1965. Shipley Field was formerly the home of the College Park Bombers of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League,[1] and was also used as a baseball venue by the Bowie Baysox during the 1994 season.[2] The major league Washington Senators held a practice at Shipley Field on April 8, 1968 when their Opening Day game was postponed in the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.[3]

The stadium holds 2,500 people and opened in 1965. It is named after former Maryland baseball coach, Burton Shipley.[4] In 2004, a new artificial turf replaced an older turf installation in the stadium's infield, and improvements were made to the under field drainage system.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League Ballparks". Archived from the original on February 27, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2009.
  2. ^ Baker, Kent (February 24, 1994). "Baysox eye home away from home". The Baltimore Sun.
  3. ^ Allen, Scott (March 29, 2018). "Fifty years ago, Nats' Opening Day was postponed after assassination of Martin Luther King Jr". D.C. Sports Bog. The Washington Post. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  4. ^ "Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium". University of Maryland Athletics. University of Maryland. June 18, 2018. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  5. ^ "Colleges & Universities - University of Maryland; College Park, Maryland". Lloyd Civil & Sports Engineering. Archived from the original on August 31, 2015. Retrieved September 11, 2013.
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