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Aerial photograph of Eckhardt Field (center) with McCllelan Field (right), Applejack Stadium (left) and the Green Mountain in the background (photos by Les Jorgensen)

The Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park, located at 340 Recreation Park Road in Manchester Center, Vermont boast four high-quality, full-size athletic fields: Applejack Stadium, Eckhardt Field, McClellan Field and Knapp Field. Additional full-size athletic fields are available in Manchester, and several youth sized athletic fields are available at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park. For information about athletic fields contact the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department at 802-362-1439 or parks@manchester-vt.gov. For organizations interested in hosting tournaments in Manchester, contact Pauline Moore, Economic Development Officer, at 802-362-1373 or p.moore@manchester-vt.gov.

The Town of Manchester owns portable and permanent soccer goals, including professional quality regulation goals and youth goals, and lacrosse goals.

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Applejack Stadium

img_3561Applejack Stadium was constructed in 2005. Applejack Stadium is widely regarded as one of the best natural grass playing surface in Vermont. The stadium includes game-quality field lighting for night games.

In the fall the Stadium hosts Burr and Burton Academy football and soccer, and other local high school and middle schools; and in the spring Applejack hosts Burr and Burton lacrosse games. In the summer and fall of 2016 Applejack Stadium hosted the 2016 Manchester College Soccer Series, which featured the best NCAA college soccer in the area. On the men’s side, Applejack hosted Castleton State University, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Southern Vermont College and SUNY Cobleskill. On the women’s side, Applejack hosted the Division I teams from the University of Vermont and UMass Amherst, and a NESCAC contest between Middlebury College and the defending NCAA Division III national champions, Williams College.

The Stadium takes advantage of an historic grandstand, which was part of the horse racing track. The grandstand can seat up to 1,000 spectators and features spectacular view of the Green Mountains. Applejack Stadium also includes a large electronic scoreboard (donated by the Manchester Rotary Club). In 2011 the Town added a two story announcing booth. The announcing booth includes a powerful public address system dji00003(amplified, wired and wireless microphone, compact disc player), and three workstations for coaches, scorekeepers, the media, photographers and videographers.  

The playing field can accommodate uses up to 125 yards long and 80 yards wide. The nearby Park House provides bathroom facilities for the Stadium. Concessions are available for most games (see below). Unless otherwise noted, admission for games is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students under 18 and seniors 65 and older. Gate admission is used to support the ongoing maintenance of the Stadium, including field lighting. All major credit cards are accepts at the ticket booth and concession stand. Please note, there is no smoking or dogs allowed inside of Applejack Stadium.

Use of Applejack Stadium is by permit only. For information about using Applejack Stadium contact the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department at 802-362-1439 or parks@manchester-vt.gov.

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Eckhardt Field and McClellan Field

img_0872Eckhardt Field is dedicated to John G._rbr8141 Eckhardt, an educator at Burr and Burton Academy, decorated solider and the founder of the Burr and Burton Academy soccer program in the 1960s. McClellan Field is dedicated to Joe McClellan, a well respected social studies teacher at Burr and Burton Academy.

The high quality athletic fields were constructed in the summer of 2016 through a partnership with Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester Elementary Middle School, Equinox Lacrosse and Manchester Youth Soccer. In addition to $75,000 from the Town of Manchester and $75,000 from Burr and Burton Academy, numerous local residents, businesses and organizations contributed to the construction of the fields, including a generous donation by Derry and Judy Taylor.

Eckhardt Field and McClellan Field are located side-by-side and just north of Applejack Stadium. Each field can accommodate playing surfaces as large as 120 yards long and 75 yards wide. The fields are irrigated. Each field features a large electronic scoreboard, player benches and scorer’s tables. Potable water is available at the fields.

Please note, there is no smoking or dogs allowed on Eckhardt Field and McClellan Field. Use of Eckhardt Field and McClellan Field are by permit only. For information about using Applejack Stadium contact the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department at 802-362-1439 or parks@manchester-vt.gov.

Knapp Field

The oldest field at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park, Knapp Field is 115 long and 60 yards wide and located in the northwest corner of the Park, near the entrance to the Park off Bonnet Street (Route 30). The field includes players benches. A portable electronic scoreboard is available upon request.

The Park Housemanchester-house1

Opened in the spring of 2013, the adjacent 4,500 square foot facility includes a 900 square foot general purpose activity room (with kitchenette, gas fireplace and television), lobby area, office space for the Parks and Recreation Department first-aid/training room, mens’ and womens’ changing rooms with showers, two family bathrooms (one with a shower) and four bathrooms (two for each gender), which are accessible from inside or outside.

Chief’s Concession Stand

_rbr8152Chief’s Concession Stand is named after Chief Dana L. Thompson, whom the larger Park is named for.

Located in the northwest corner of the Stadium, Chief’s Concession Stand offers all your favorite game-time food favorites, including hot dogs, bratwursts, hamburgers and cheeseburgers, french fries, onion rings, popcorn, soft drinks, coffee and hot chocolate and ice cream treats. Patrons can enjoy food and drinks at the nearby tables while enjoying the game. Chief’s Concession Stand accepts all major credit cards.

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