Riversharks end operations in Camden after 15 years

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Thursday, October 22, 2015
In this Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, file photo, Campbell's Field, home of Camden's minor league baseball team Riversharks is seen along the Delaware River in Camden, N.J.

CAMDEN, N.J. (WPVI) -- After 15 years, the Camden Riversharks will shut down operations at Campbell's Field - effective immediately - the club announced on Wednesday.

The decision came due to the inability to reach an agreement on lease terms with the ballpark's owner, the Camden County Improvement Authority.

Campbell's Field has been home to the Riversharks since its inception in 2001. Since then, the ballpark has twice been named Baseball America's Ballpark of the Year.

During its run, more than 3.5 million fans have attended Riversharks games.

In a statement, the team thanked its partners and fans for supporting the club, adding they did everything they could "to keep affordable, family entertainment alive and well in Camden."

A final team merchandise sale will be held at the ballpark from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

For further information on baseball in Camden or Campbell's Field, call 856-751-2242 or email justask@camdencounty.com.