West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
West Palm Beach
Municipal Stadium
Municipal Stadium
Full name West Palm Beach
Municipal Stadium
Location 755 Hank Aaron Drive
West Palm Beach, Florida
Coordinates 26°43′17″N 80°04′46″W / 26.7215°N 80.0795°W / 26.7215; -80.0795Coordinates: 26°43′17″N 80°04′46″W / 26.7215°N 80.0795°W / 26.7215; -80.0795
Capacity 4,200 (1963)
5,000 (1986)
Surface Natural grass
Construction
Built 1962
Opened March 9, 1963
Closed 1997
Demolished 2002
Construction cost $1.0 million
Tenants
Milwaukee / Atlanta Braves (MLB)
(spring training: 1963–1997)
Montreal Expos (MLB)
(spring training: 1969–1972 & 1981–1997)
West Palm Beach Expos (FSL) (1969–1997)
West Palm Beach Tropics (SPBA) (1989–1990)

West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium, referred to as "Municipal Stadium," is a former baseball park in the southeastern United States, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Located at 755 Hank Aaron Drive, it was the long-time spring training home for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos. The Braves played spring training games at the stadium from 1963 to 1997, while the Expos played there from 1969 to 1972 and from 1981 to 1997.

The stadium was constructed in 1962 to replace midtown Connie Mack Field, which had been the West Palm Beach spring training home of the Philadelphia and Kansas City Athletics from 1946 to 1962.

The first game was played on Saturday, March 9, 1963, under overcast skies and extremely high winds which blew sand from the outfield areas, directly toward seating area, which were not as yet totally landscaped at that time. Mayor C. Ben Holleman threw out the first ball and the Kansas City Athletics defeated the Milwaukee Braves 3-0 in front of a medium sized crowd of 3,265 fans. Warren Spahn started for Milwaukee and was the losing pitcher.[1]

The ballpark later hosted the 1982 and 1992 Florida State League All-Star Games.[2]

Atlanta and Montreal played their final spring training game at the ballpark on Wednesday March 26, 1997, which saw Montreal come through with a 2-0 victory.[3]

The stadium was later demolished in 2002 and there is nothing to mark its former place, which is now covered by a Home Depot location.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bob Balfe (1963-03-10). "'WPB' A's Spoil Braves' Municipal Stadium Debut". The Palm Beach Post. p. E1. 
  2. ^ Dave George (1992-06-27). "MAJOR TALENT SHOW: ALL-STARS COME OUT TONIGHT AT STADIUM". The Palm Beach Post. p. 1C. 
  3. ^ "Around the NL". St. Petersburg Times. 1997-03-27. p. 5C. 

External links[edit]