John W. Smithson Field

Smithson Baseball Field and Baseball Clubhouse Photo Gallery

For the first time in over five decades, the Saint Joseph's baseball program has an on-campus field of its own as the Hawks opened up John W. Smithson Field in 2012.

Prior to the opening of Smithson Field, Saint Joseph's had played its home games off campus since 1958.

The facility is named for Saint Joseph's Baseball Hall of Fame member and former Interim University President John W. Smithson `68. A former chairman of the University's Board of Trustees, Smithson ranks eighth on the Hawks' career earned run average list. In addition to his enshrinement in the Saint Joseph's Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005, he was awarded the program's first-ever Harry Booth `62 Award, given annually to a member of the Saint Joseph's baseball community in honor of their dedication to the program, in 2010.

The new home of Hawk baseball features a synthetic surface with a dirt pitching mound. The surface, AstroTurf 3D GameDay Grass, is the industry standard for baseball and is in use at Major League stadiums such as Tropicana Field, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the Toronto Blue Jays' Rogers Centre in Ontario.

In addition to the field, the facility includes a new clubhouse for the Hawks, located right next to their new home turf. Elevated bullpens are located in right field, with phones inside to allow for communication with the respective team dugouts on the first and third base lines. The park measures 327 feet down the left field line, 331 feet to right, and 400 feet to straightaway center field.

Bleacher seating for 400 is located behind home plate, but fans can take in a game from anywhere in the ballpark, as there is ample space for spectators down each of the lines and beyond the outfield fence.

"The ballpark has a lot of character and charm," head coach Fritz Hamburg said. "It is a great place for our players to play and for our fans to watch a ballgame."

On March 9, 2012, the Hawks christened their new ballpark with a 5-1 win over Iona in the first varsity baseball game played on Hawk Hill in 54 years.

The facility is located on the James J. Maguire `58 Campus, and is just a short walk from the University's academic and residential buildings.

Click here to see the final stages of the construction of Smithson Field

Click here to see a gallery showing the progress of the construction project

Head coach Fritz Hamburg talked with Hawk Report about the new facility and the impact it will have on the program. You can read the interview here.

DIRECTIONS TO SMITHSON FIELD

Due to limited parking availability on the Maguire Campus, we ask that fans attending games at Saint Joseph's park in the Hawks' Landing parking facility on 54th Street. A shuttle service will be provided, but walking directions to the ballpark are included below.

From the North: N.J. Turnpike to Exit 6 (Pa. Turnpike connector). Follow Pa. Turnpike to Exit 20 (I-476). Follow 476 South to I-76 East, towards Philadelphia. Follow I-76 East to Exit 339 (US-1 South, City Avenue). Turn left onto 54th Street. Turn into the first driveway on the left, then make a right into the Hawks' Landing parking facility. From there, exit the parking garage and turn right along 54th Street. Cross City Avenue at the light (in front of Starbucks), then head left up City Avenue. Upon reaching the Maguire Campus, follow the walking path alongside Ellen Ryan Field, between the Campus Commons and Merion Hall, and to the left of the O'Pake Recreation Center. The baseball field will be up the hill to the right.

From the East: Take either the Ben Franklin Bridge (via Rt. 676) or the Walt Whitman Bridge: Follow I-76 West to Exit 339 (US-1 South, City Avenue). Turn left onto 54th Street. Turn into the first driveway on the left, then make a right into the Hawks' Landing parking facility. From there, exit the parking garage and turn right along 54th Street. Cross City Avenue at the light (in front of Starbucks), then head left up City Avenue. Upon reaching the Maguire Campus, follow the walking path alongside Ellen Ryan Field, between the Campus Commons and Merion Hall, and to the left of the O'Pake Recreation Center. The baseball field will be up the hill to the right.

From the South: I-95 North to I-476 North. Follow I-476 North to I-76 East, towards Philadelphia. Follow I-76 East to Exit 339 (US-1 South, City Avenue). Turn left onto 54th Street. Turn into the first driveway on the left, then make a right into the Hawks' Landing parking facility. From there, exit the parking garage and turn right along 54th Street. Cross City Avenue at the light (in front of Starbucks), then head left up City Avenue. Upon reaching the Maguire Campus, follow the walking path alongside Ellen Ryan Field, between the Campus Commons and Merion Hall, and to the left of the O'Pake Recreation Center. The baseball field will be up the hill to the right.