Status: Progress Made
January 2020: Hinchliffe Stadium Funding Plan Revised
October 2019: Paterson’s City Council approved an agreement with developers for a renovation that could save the historic landmark during an Oct. 1 meeting. The roughly $76-million project is expected to turn the stadium into a 7,800-seat athletic facility, with a 314-space parking garage, restaurant with museum exhibits dedicated to Negro League baseball, 75-unit apartment building for senior citizens and a 5,800-square-foot childcare facility. EDA still needs to authorize the $49.9 million state tax credits for the $76.7 million project. Read More.
2012: Hinchliffe Stadium has been named one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “National Treasures.” For more information on the National Treasures program, visit the NTHP’s website.
5/2011: Hinchliffe Stadium has been recommended for a $500,000 capital preservation grant from the Garden State Preservation Trust Fund. The NJ Historic Trust announced the recommendation in April. The stadium is one of 58 historic resources on the current recommendations list. The proposed grant awards were ratified by the GSPT during the first week of May, and now must move through the legislature before final approval by the governor.
3/2011: Paterson City Council has approved approximately $1 million in bonding for conditions and structural assessments for Hinchliffe Stadium. The work should being this year.
3/2010: Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium was one of five advocacy groups invovled in a March 25 summit, hosted by PNJ, focusing on reinvigorating advocacy for previously-listed “10 Most Endangered” places. You can find out more about the summit here.
6/10: The students of Paterson’s School 5, an immediate neighbor of Hinchliffe, were inspired by the National Trust’s listing to fundraise for the stadium. They aspired to raise $1,000, but exceeded this and have donated $1,362 to the Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium. Every penny that the students raised will go toward matching the 2009 NJ Historic Trust Grant awarded to Hinchliffe.
5/10: On May 19, Hinchliffe Stadium was listed as one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “11 Most Endangered Historic Places” in the U.S.! Visit the National Trust’s “11 Most” webpage for more information.
11/09: On November 3, voters in the City of Paterson approved 3-to-1 a $15 million bond referendum to fund the restoration of Hinchliffe Stadium. Of the $15 million, just over $2 million will go toward improvements at two other area athletic/historic sites, Baurle Field and the Paterson Armory, while the rest will fund the complete restoration of Hinchliffe Stadium. Community forums to discuss the project’s design, which must be approved by the City and the Board of Education, are planned.
2009: The New Jersey Historic Trust has awarded Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium a grant to fund a historic structure report for the stadium, identifying preservation priorities and assessing potential costs in anticipation of future repair.
11/09: The National Trust for Historic Preservation featured Hinchliffe Stadium as the cover story in its Nov/Dec 2009 issue of Preservation Magazine. The magazine included a 10-page spread on the stadium and its significance as one of the few extant remnants of segregated professional sports.
2/04: The NJ DEP announced the inclusion of Hinchliffe Stadium on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places.
2002: “Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium,” a non-profit dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and redevelopment of Hinchliffe, has been formed. The group is composed of local volunteers. Visit their website
2000: The Stadium has been included in 5-year $763 million modernization plan for Paterson schools (9.6 million in the stadium).
The Paterson Public School System owns Hinchliffe Stadium, located in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. It has served as the city’s main arena for athletic and special events since its dedication in 1932 as a public works project under Mayor John V. Hinchliffe. Designed by architect John Shaw, the building is significant for its Art Deco style of architecture as applied to a sports arena, and for its association with City of Paterson events and persons.
In addition to providing a community venue for high school baseball, football, football, and track & field events for the past nearly seventy-five years, Hinchliffe Stadium has been home to important professional and semi-professional baseball (Paterson Silk Sox, Paterson Phillies, New York Black Yankees), football and soccer, and has hosted major boxing tournaments and daredevil car races. Thousands of local athletes honed their skills at Hinchliffe, many becoming national, world, and Olympic champions.
Hinchlifee is one of New Jersey’s oldest stadiums of its size, and one of a dwindling number of horseshoe arenas in the U.S. It is also one of only two negro leagues stadiums left stading in the U.S., and has hosted numerous black baseball legends, including Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige.
By 1995, Hinchliffe was deteriorating rapidly and in need of significant repairs. Without sufficient funding to complete the repairs, the Paterson School District closed the stadium that year and indicated that demolition was a future possibility.
Paterson Historic Preservation Commission
Gianfranco Archimede, Director, Historic Preservation
Department of Economic Development
125 Ellison 4th Floor
Paterson, NJ 07505
Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium