About the Ballpark
The 6,100-seat ballpark had its official groundbreaking at what is now home plate on April 29, 1998 with a special ceremony that included team representatives and Somerset County elected officials. A little over a year the groundbreaking, the ballpark opened for business on June 7, 1999 as Somerset Ballpark. Renamed Commerce Bank Ballpark in July of 2000 during the first of two Atlantic League All-Star Games held at the location, the Patriots and Commerce Bank's partnership was one of the largest minor league baseball naming rights agrements in the country. With Commerce Bank becoming TD Bank, the ballpark name was changed to TD Bank Ballpark in April of 2009. TD Bank Ballpark, the "Jewel of the Atlantic League," has been for 15 years, the premier family and community destination in Central New Jersey.
The ballpark is a multi-use facility that has been the home to several events. TD Bank Ballpark has hosted college baseball championship tournaments for the Big East and the Northeast Conference. Each year, the ballpark is the site for the Somerset County Baseball Championships and several high school games used as fundraisers for the participating schools. Other sporting events held at the location have included Sky Blue FC Women's Professional Soccer games, Major League Lacrosse, and Professional Cricket. Somerset County Park Commission has used the ballpark to host concerts over the past decade that have included big name acts such as Jessica Simpson, Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis and Tony Bennett. TD Bank Ballpark has also been the site for The Big Apple Circus. TD Bank Ballpark is also the home of several community events, including The American Diabetes Association's Step Out Walk To Fight Diabetes and Operation Shoebox New Jersey packing events.
The Somerset Patriots Children's Educational and Sportsmanship Foundation, the official 501© 3 charity of the Patriots, was established to support the community that has been extremely supportive of the team since it was formed. The Foundation donates tickets to nonprofit organizations to use at fundraising events throughout the year, including National MS Society, American Diabetes Association, and The Bees Foundation. The Somerset Patriots Children's Educational and Sportsmanship Foundation also established a scholarship fund for long-time season ticket holder and seasonal employee Zach Keller to help him and family with college. A few events throughout the year are Somerset Patriots Golf Classic, the Patriots 5K Run and Somerset Patriots Fan Club Basket Auction.
The ballpark has been honored with two selections in Baseball America's "Great Ballparks" calendars in 2000 and 2005. The League also named TD Bank Ballpark the "Ballpark of the Year" for the 2007 season.