About Mansfield Stadium
In 1989, David Mansfield, Neil Waterman, Stephen King, and Ron St.Pierre coached the Bangor West 11-12 year old all-star team that won the State Championship, and went on to the Regional Tournament in Bristol, CT. From that team, a dream was born that our local boys should have a better facility to play at. Stephen and Tabitha King were generous enough to build a new $1.2 million stadium that they then donated to the City of Bangor.
The stadium was named after Shawn Trevor Mansfield, David's son, who had cerebral palsy and was confined to a wheelchair his whole life, and passed away at the age of 14. At the entrance of the stadium, there is a plaque dedicating the stadium to Shawn, and all the other boys who never got a chance to play baseball.
Current funding for the stadium is provided in part by the City of Bangor's Parks and Recreation budget, which takes care of a base staff of college students in need of a summer job, and the utility costs to operate. The remaining funds for everything else must be raised through money made at the Stadium through ticket sales and concession income. In all, those remaining funds range from $50,000-$75,000 per year, depending on the weather and amount of repairs we need to do. If you are interested in becoming a Stadium supporter, please click here for more information.
Today, the stadium is the host of multiple leagues and tournaments. We are the home field for Bangor High School, Bangor Junior & Senior League, the Bangor Comrades American Legion team, and the Bangor Cadettes Junior American Legion team.
From 2002-2016 Mansfield Stadium played host to the Senior Little League World Series. Teams from all over the world converged on Bangor to compete for the world championship of Senior League Baseball. At the entrance of the stadium are bricks embroidered with the names of current and past Major League Baseball players who once played at Mansfield Stadium in the Senior League World Series. Highlighting the list are Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts, Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong, Dodgers closing pitcher Kenley Jansen, along with many more.
Facts about the stadium
Did you know....?
The stadium as a seating capacity of 1,500. The largest estimate of attendance for one game at the stadium was approximately 3,000 on June 8, 2004 when Mt. Ararat won the Eastern Maine Championship. Pitcher Mark Rogers was expected to be drafted within the next few days, and he ended up going #5 overall in the draft to the Milwaukee Brewers.
There are 2 1/2 acres of bluegrass sod on the field.
The orange-brown color of the infield dirt was hauled here from New Jersey. It is a special baseball field mix.
Underneath the pitcher's mound and the home plate circle is a dark red clay that was hauled up from Georgia. It becomes as hard as a rock when completely dry.
There are drainage tiles every 20 feet under the entire field.
The field is built on three feet of walnut-sized stones for increased drainage.
There is an automatic sprinkler system containing 11 zones. Each zone can be timed to run from 1 to 90 minutes.
There are 3 levels of lighting: Minor league/college level, high school level, and maintenance level.
The 6 light towers are 90 feet tall with 128 lights in all.
The clock on the scoreboard is over 6 feet tall and weighs over 600 pounds.
The first game played was in June of 1992, and the gentleman who donated the field to the city was the coach of one of the teams.
From April 12, 1993 to August 13, 1993 there were 169 games played here. Since then, thousands more have followed.
Countless volunteer hours from concession workers to groundskeepers make it possible for the City of Bangor to offer players, coaches, umpires, and fans one of the best baseball facilities in New England.
And finally, We Know that You Know that Everyone Knows....this is the field a King built.
Thank you to Stephen and Tabitha King for your endless generosity.