ATLANTIC CITY — Surf Stadium could once again be home to a minor league baseball team.
City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday evening on a resolution authorizing former Atlantic City Surf owner Frank Boulton to negotiate on behalf of the city and leverage his connections to find an ownership group willing to bring minor league baseball back to the city. The resolution provides Boulton a 90-day window to find a team.
Boulton is a founding member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, the only independent league with a relationship with Major League Baseball.
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Council President Marty Small Sr. said the city has “everything to gain and nothing to lose” from reopening the shuttered Surf Stadium at Bader Field on Albany Avenue.
“This has absolutely no downside,” Small said. “If Mr. Boulton delivers in 90 days and all the terms are ready to go, we’ll have baseball next spring.”
Small said new owners would likely have to invest in upgrades and repairs that would improve the asset. Besides baseball, Small said, the 5,500-seat stadium with the city skyline in the background is a great setting for concerts, tournaments and festivals.
“There’s work to be done, there’s no question about it,” Boulton said. “But that won’t be done in the next 90 days. What will be done in the next 90 days is getting the commitments to do all the work and put all the pieces of the puzzle in place.”
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An ownership group willing to put an Atlantic City team in either the Atlantic League or the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball is what Boulton said most interested him. Boulton said there would be no cost to Atlantic City during the 90-day period based on a memorandum of understanding he submitted to the council.
“This has been in the works for quite a while,” Boulton said Tuesday. “I’m in a position to help, and that’s what I’m trying to do here.”
Surf Stadium opened in 1998. The Surf played its final game in 2008 and ceased operations in March 2009. New Jersey has five minor league baseball teams but at one point had as many as eight. Defunct teams include the Newark Bears and Camden Riversharks, both of which were members of the Atlantic League at one point.
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The Sandcastle Baseball stadium steel has risen higher recently in Atlantic City.
Construction progress on the Sandcastle baseball stadium, off Albany Ave., in Atlantic City.
Iron workers Billy Wilborn, of Pomona, and George Zook, of Mays Landing, work on the framework for the stands at the Sandcastle Baseball Stadium, in Atlantic City.
Pete Gulbrandsen and Lonnie Jacobs, carpenters, install seats along the first base line at the Sandcastle Baseball Stadium, in Atlantic City, Monday, 4/27/98.
Construction progress on the Sandcastle baseball stadium, off Albany Ave., in Atlantic City.
The Surf called Sandcastle Stadium — seen under construction in 1998 — home, but in 2008, full-time baseball left the resort. Since then, the site has sat mostly vacant. View of the Atlantic City skyline and the field of the Sandcastle from under the stands on top of the first elevation on the third base side of the stadium under construction Thursday 4/2/98.
Workers work on the stands looking toward the third base side of the Sandcastle Stadium, in Atlantic City.
Sandcastle Stadium lightpoles Tuesday May 12 1998
The Sandcastle baseball field on Albany Avenue starts to take shape as the steel begins to frame the stands.
The North Vs. South during Atlantic League All-Star game at the Sandcastle Stadium in Atlantic City Wednesday, July 13, 2005. ( Photo by Edward Lea / The Press of Atlantic City )
Kids from St. Joseph Regional School in Somers Point cheer for the camera. Tues. 6/3/03 Bridgeport Bluefish at Atlantic City Surf for Sandcastle Stadium “School Day Special.” Area schools bus students in for a day at the ballfield.
Fans queue up to the ticket booths at the Sandcastle Stadium in Atlantic City before a Surf baseball game with fireworks, Friday, Aug. 23, 2002. Surf employees cope with crowds on a fireworks night. The story by Bill will be about staff having to deal with sparse crowds one night and a packed house on a fireworks or giveaway night.
Trevor, 6 middle and brother Garrett Hormel 4, right of C.A. races Surf, left the masco to home base in between inning of the baseball game at Sandcastle Stadium, Atlantic City, NJ Wednesday, June 22, 2005. ( Photo by Edward Lea / The Press of Atlantic City )
Crowd enters the stadium. Saturday July 2 2011 AC Summerfest at Sandcastle Stadium, Atlantic City. (The Press of Atlantic City / Ben Fogletto)
Fans line up for Surf Baseball tickets which went on sale at 9:30 this morning at the Sandcastle in Atlantic City. Leconey photo.
Teams take batting practice on the field before the game. The Sandcastle is using a lighter infield dirt between the bases for a differnt look for the field. Fri. 5/3/02 Atlantic City Surf season opener against the Newark Bears at Sandcastle Stadium. Atlantic City.
Rachel Miner, 5, of Sea Isle City, shows off her homemade sign during the Atlantic City Surf "Little Persons Special" day at the Sandcastle Stadium, in Atlantic City, Wednesday 7/16/03, during game against The Pennsylvania road Warriors.
Sandcastle baseball stadium, Atlantic City background shot 5/14/05 (Press of Atlantic City/Ben Fogletto)
Miss America contestants wave flags as they sing the national anthem as they participate in the Spirit of America commemorative program , to pay tribute to the victims and heroes of Sept. 11, sponsored by Atlantic County, at the Sandcastle Stadium.
Mon. 5/6/02 Sandcastle Stadium, Atlantic City. (for stock art)
The Miss America Contestants arrive at the ÒSpirit of America Commemorative ProgramÓ held at the Sandcastle Stadium in Atlantic City. Wed. 9/11/02
Jonathan Gazsi, 5, of Somers Point, left, Michael Duffy, 5, of Egg Harbor Township, and Mark Rowan, of Vineland, bounce their way to the finish line during a game between innings at the Sandcastle, in Atlantic City, Thursday 5/24/01, for the game between the Atlantic City Surf and the Newark Bears. It was a school special day with 28 schools from the southern New Jersey area enjoying the game and a day of from school. Jonathan won the race and a prize.
Surf manager Mitch Williams before the game against Nashua Pride at Sandcastle in Atlantic City Wednesday, Aug 21, 2002.
Cheyenne White, 8, wears a hat made out of The Press of Atlantic City, with other youngsters he was with from Chatsworth, during the Atlantic City surf game against the Somerset Patriots, at the Sandcastle Stadium, in Atlantic City, Thursday 5/16/02. The Press was given away at the door and this group decided to wear them instead of read them.
Cars wait in line to park at the Sandcastle Stadium in Atlantic City before a Surf baseball game with fireworks, Friday, Aug. 23, 2002. Surf employees cope with crowds on a fireworks night. The story by Bill will be about staff having to deal with sparse crowds one night and a packed house on a fireworks or giveaway night.
Heat-Steve Sands, of Ocean City, uses a beach umbrella to stay cool in the shade with his children, Connor, 6, and Lauren, 4, during the Atlantic City Surf game against the Camden Riversharks in "Kids Day" Special at Sandcastle, in Atlantic City, Thursday 8/1/02.
The Spirit of America Commemorative Program to acknowledge Sept. 11, almost filled the Sandcastle Stadium, in Atlantic City, hosted by Atlantic County, Wednesday 9/11/02
Schoolchildren attending the Spirit of America Commemorative Program acknowledge the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a moment of silence at the stadium in 2002.
Sandcastle Stadium outfield over looks Atlantic City skyline Tuesday may 12 1998
Flags wave in the crowd as the Mainland Regional High School Band performs during the ÒSpirit of America Commemorative ProgramÓ program at the Sandcastle Stadium in Atlantic City. Wed. 9/11/02
Surf mascot Splash works the crowd during opening day at the Sandcastle. Fri. 5/3/02 Atlantic City Surf season opener against the Newark Bears at Sandcastle Stadium. Atlantic City.
Robert Stevens,12 of Ventor show off his autograph baseball crads of Mitch Williams during Surf Vs. Long Island Ducks baseball game at Sandcastle in Atlantic City Wednesday, July 3, 2002.
Jane Kearns, of Northfield, sits with her dog, Brittany, during the ÒDog Days of SummerÓ bring your dog to the stadium day at the Sandcastle in Atlantic City, Sunday 7/22/01, when the Atlantic City Surf played the Somerset Patriots. ÒWe look forward to this every year, Jane said, ÒThere arenÕt many events you can bring your dog with you.Ó
There was plenty of flag waving at the Spirit of America Commemorative Program to acknowledge Sept. 11, that filled the Sandcastle Stadium, in Atlantic City, hosted by Atlantic County, Wednesday 9/11/02
Sandcastle baseball stadium shot 5/14/05 (Press of Atlantic City/Ben Fogletto)
Tabatha Lloyd,left fee her 3 year old sister Julia Kline,right both from Tuckahoe at Atlantic City Sandcastle ballpark Thursday, June 26, 2003
Surf starter Doug Bedinger delivers to Penn hitter Juan Velazquez in the first inning. Mon. 5/27/02 Pennsylvania Road Warriors at Atlantic City Surf in Memorial Day afternoon special at the Sandcastle.