MacArthur Stadium

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MacArthur Stadium
Big Mac
Former names Municipal Stadium (1934–1942)
Location 820 Second North Street, Syracuse, NY
Broke ground March 1, 1934
Opened April 18, 1934
Renovated 1976 and 1988
Closed September 3, 1996
Demolished 1997
Owner City of Syracuse; transferred to County of Onondaga in mid 1970s
Operator City of Syracuse; County of Onondaga operated effective mid 1970s
Surface Grass
Construction cost $284,000
($5.01 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Capacity 8,416 (1934–1941)
10,006 (1942–1984)
10,500 (1985–1996)
Field dimensions Left field: 320 feet (98 m)
Center field: 434 feet (132 m)
Right field: 320 feet (98 m)
Syracuse Chiefs (MiLB) (1934–1996)
Syracuse Braves (AFL II) (1936)

MacArthur Stadium was a stadium in Syracuse, New York. It was primarily used for baseball and was the home of Syracuse Chiefs before they moved to P&C Stadium, (now NBT Bank Stadium) in 1997. The ballpark had a capacity of 8,416 people when it opened (as Municipal Stadium) in 1934. Its capacity was increased to 10,006 before it was renamed in honor of General Douglas MacArthur in 1942. The stadium was razed in 1997 to provide a parking lot for the newly built P&C Stadium.

MacArthur Stadium was severely damaged by fire (arson) in 1969. The Chiefs were forced to play home games in Oneonta and Auburn, NY, while repairs were being made. (Management of the Rochester Red Wings rejected an urgent plea from team management to move some home games to Silver Stadium). MacArthur Stadium was noted for having one of the deepest center field fences in minor league baseball, 434 feet, and no ball cleared that fence until 1971, with Richie Zisk being the first player to accomplish that feat.

In 1936, Municipal Stadium was the home field of the Syracuse Braves of the second American Football League.

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  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.

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