Maxfield Sports Complex
White River Junction, VT
Review by Gary
Maxfield Sports Complex is located near the confluence of Interstates 89 and 91 and about 2000 feet from the Connecticut River on the Vermont side from New Hampshire. The baseball field is named after local philanthropists Jack and Dorothy Byrne and is the main feature of this vast outdoor community recreation area. The ballpark has been home to Hartford High School baseball and the Upper Valley Nighthawks of the New England Collegiate Baseball League since its completion in 2016.
The complex has fields and courts for every sport imaginable, including Pickleball, the latest craze. There is a variety of seating to choose from at the ballyard, but they are all the metal bleacher style. Fans can bring own seating and sit anywhere down either baseline.
Both dugouts are of a fancy concrete block design within the field’s metal fencing. Local advertising banners adorn the back of the high backstop fence and outfield perimeter. There is an inviting view beyond the fence of lush trees that rise gently into the White Mountains.
An uber-narrow, two-story red building has been added recently and serves as the visual focal point of the grounds around the playing field. This slender, enclosed hallway serves as both a press box and a souvenir shop. A covered pavilion with restrooms can found behind home plate for cookouts and such.
Maxfield Sports seems like an acceptable place for the locals to catch baseball on the Connecticut River when they are not playing Pickleball.