Will new athletic facility for Rutgers replace Campbell’s Field on Camden waterfront?

Talks underway to raze Campbell’s Field on the Camden waterfront and replace it with a sports complex for Rutgers-Camden have excited some and concerned others.

But a Camden County spokesman says it’s premature to either fear or celebrate what may happen to the valuable eight acres that provide a perch for viewing Philadelphia’s skyline and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

While there are active discussions to sell the property, which was home to the now-defunct Camden Riversharks minor-league baseball team, and have it used in a way that benefits the city, nothing is final, spokesman Dan Keashen said Wednesday.

In its place,  George E. Norcross III, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cooper University Health Care said, there would be “world-class” athletic fields for Rutgers that would also benefit local schools. Rutgers spokesman Mike Sepanic said the school, whose NCAA Division III baseball team leases Campbell’s Field for practices and home games, asked to be a partner in the project. “We feel good about this, and I’ve heard no concerns,” Sepanic said.

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