Moana Stadium

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Coordinates: 39°29′25″N 119°48′05″W / 39.490157°N 119.801397°W / 39.490157; -119.801397 Moana Stadium was a stadium in Reno, Nevada. It was primarily used for baseball. Teams that called the stadium home included the Reno Silver Sox, the Reno Blackjacks, Reno Padres and Reno Chukars. The ballpark had a capacity of 4,000 people. Moana Stadium was part of a city sports park. The stadium was demolished in 2012 to make room for a new city pool and athletic fields on the site.

History[edit]

Hosted the Reno Oilers in the 1955 season which was the first professional team to use the stadium for their home field.

The Reno Silver Sox used the stadium as their home field for the first time in 1947-1951. They played in the stadium again in 1955-1964, 1966-1981, 1988-1992, and 2006-2008.[1]

Miracle on Turf[edit]

The Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders relocated to Reno in 2009 to become the Reno Aces. The Aces would become the premier sports destination in northern Nevada, and thus the team and the city collaborated to build a brand new state-of-the-art stadium in downtown Reno which would host the Aces and other city and state events. The presence of the new stadium, Aces Ballpark, rendered Moana Stadium useless. The independent Reno Astros used the stadium in 2009, but the stadium was vacant for three years following that season. In 2011, plans were drawn up to demolish the stadium and nearby Moana Pool to construct several public soccer fields and a new city pool and aquatics center. Parts of the stadium were auctioned off to the public in April, 2012. The demolition of Moana Stadium was completed over a two day stretch in July, 2012.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Erik Flippo. "Reno Baseball History". Retrieved 2009-10-30.