Atlantic City is looking at a new name for the old Sandcastle — Surf Stadium — in anticipation of youth tournaments, exhibition games and a return of independent Atlantic League baseball.
It’s not a coincidence that the new name of the ballpark is the same as the former Atlantic League team in town, the Atlantic City Surf. The ballpark has undergone lots of improvements since the Can-Am League version of the Surf folded operations in 2009: the city allocated $800,000 for roof and field repairs this year after spending $300,000 on improvements to the ballpark’s mezzanine level last year. At one point the ballpark was destined for the wrecking ball, with city officials looking to tear down the former Bernie Robbins Stadium to make way for development, but those plans have been scrapped.
Coming up this year: youth events run by former Surf manager Mario Perrucci and potentially a Labor Day weekend series between the Camden Riversharks and the Sugar Land Skeeters.
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