|Fourth of July Revelers Dance at Allen Pond Park, July 4, 2011|
According to Bowie Mayor G. Fred Robinson, the crowds have grown larger than can be reasonably accommodated at Allen Pond Park, and traffic continues to be a problem despite trying multiple traffic plans. The Mayor also indicated that an increased use of unauthorized fireworks at Allen Pond created public safety concerns.
Prince George's Stadium was designed to hold 10,000 people, although approximately 14,000 baseball fans attended the Double-A All Star Game at the stadium in 2000. Two parking lots can hold more than 2,500 cars, and it's believed that the close proximity to Routes 301 and 50 will create better traffic flow than past Fourth of July celebrations in Bowie. The stadium provides controlled entrance points which should help keep unauthorized fireworks out. The stadium will provide Fourth of July revelers with seating, restroom facilities and concessions. An entertainment stage will be set-up - most likely along the third base line.
The festivities will take place as usual on July 4th. The Bowie Baysox will be playing a game in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania that night, and Mayor Robinson said that the Baysox have expressed a willingness to make the stadium available to the City of Bowie for future Fourth of July celebrations. The Baysox will have a fireworks show on Wednesday, July 3rd at the stadium after a game with the Akron Aeros.
Prince George's Stadium is the fourth City of Bowie fireworks venue. City fireworks displays were originally held at the Bowie Race Track before the annual event was moved to Allen Pond Park. At Allen Pond, the fireworks were originally set off across the pond from the amphitheater, but housing construction forced the city to move the fireworks display to the athletic fields at the park.