Governor Murphy participates in Hinchcliffe Stadium Renovation Groundbreaking Ceremony on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 (Edwin J. Torres 2020)

Hinchliffe Stadium, one of five still-standing Negro Leagues stadiums, is being updated and refurbished so it can be used again. In the 1930s and ’40s, the Paterson, N.J.-based stadium was the homefield ballpark for the New York Black Yankees, New York Cubans, and often the Newark Eagles baseball teams.

After a campaign of fundraising and $100 million in state tax credits, renovations began in April 2021 on what was once a deteriorating landmark.

Hinchliffe will be re-opened as the new home stadium for the New Jersey Jackals baseball team. The Paterson Public Schools will also be able to use the stadium for events and a museum commemorating the history of the Negro Leagues professional baseball league will be part of the new Hinchliffe Stadium.

The project, under the auspices of Baye Adofo-Wilson’s real estate development company, BAW Development, LLC, will also see to the opening of an affordable senior housing apartment complex dubbed the Hinchliffe Residences, a restaurant, and a 5,200-square-foot preschool.

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