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About the Project

Plans for Joe Coppo Field at Van Cortlandt Park

Manhattan College – through the leadership of the Coppo family, the Joe Coppo Field Campaign Steering Committee and the generous support of alumni, friends and family of Jasper baseball and Joe Coppo -- intends to develop a first-class baseball field and facility within historic Van Cortlandt Park in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

Designed to create a modern baseball complex with an emphasis on intertwining the look-and-feel within the aesthetics of Van Cortlandt Park, and within close proximity to the College’s nearby Riverdale campus., the field complex includes:

  • All-weather turf.
  • New protected team dugouts.
  • Fan seating
  • Home and away bullpens
  • Protective batting cages

About Van Cortlandt Park

Founded in 1888 and spanning 1,146 acres, Van Cortlandt Park situated in the northwest Bronx, is the third largest park within New York City.  Van Cortlandt features the last vestiges of New York City’s native woodland and wetlands. 

Van Cortlandt has become an important sports and recreation home to many sports.  It features the nation’s first public golf course, the borough’s largest freshwater lake along with various baseball and softball fields.  The Park also includes a nationally-prominent cross country course developed in 1913, and now features the Manhattan College Cross Country Invitational, one of the largest, high school cross country meets in the country.

The Bronx is synonymous with baseball, so it only makes sense that a baseball field be built in Van Cortlandt Park to service our Riverdale college campus, the youth in the area and local high school teams. I can’t wait for this facility to open and to hear over the PA, “Play ball!” and for everyone to remember Brother Jasper as we partake in the seventh inning stretch.

Mike Cole, Baseball Coach