Camden minor league team says it’s folding after 15 seasons

 Campbell's Field in Camden, NJ. (NewsWorks file photo)

Campbell's Field in Camden, NJ. (NewsWorks file photo)

The minor league baseball team that has spent 15 seasons playing in Camden says it failed to reach a lease deal for the stadium and will cease operations.

The Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League announced Wednesday that the team will be leaving Campbell’s Field, which is owned by the Camden County Improvement Authority.

In a statement, the team says it did “everything we could to keep affordable family entertainment alive and well in Camden.”

In September, the director of the Camden County freeholders board said other teams have contacted the county about playing in the stadium near the Ben Franklin Bridge.

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Since then, there have been plans for a $1 billion development of offices, homes and retail spaces on lots adjacent to the stadium.

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