When Cecil Fielder and the rest of the Atlantic City Surf walked off the field at Stade Canac in Quebec following a playoff loss to the Capitales in September 2008, little did they realize they had played their last game.
For a decade, the Surf called Sandcastle Stadium home, but in 2008, full-time baseball left the resort. The Surf folded due to lagging ticket sales and a struggling economy.
Since then, the site has sat vacant except for the occasional college or Babe Ruth league game, but that could soon change. Former Surf owner Frank Boulton wants to bring baseball back to the resort. But some warn that if it returns it could face the same issues that plagued it the first time.
“My goal is to assist in returning professional baseball to Atlantic City,” he said. “It’s an asset that’s being underused.”
Boulton said he has visited the site on several occasions and met with city officials to discuss a path for his — and baseball’s — return to the city.