Municipal Stadium (Waterbury)
Coordinates: Municipal Stadium is a stadium in Waterbury, Connecticut. The stadium was built in 1930 originally as a dog track which attributes to its unique, if not odd, layout. It holds 6,000 people. It is somewhat unique that it only has permanent stands along the first base line, while bleachers lie along the third base side.
It was home to minor league baseball for the majority of its existence, beginning in 1947 with the Colonial League and from 1966 to 1986 with the AA Eastern League as an affiliate of the Dodgers, Reds, Giants, Indians, Pirates, A's, and Angels. The stadium has been home to a few historic events also, woman's softball pitcher Joan Joyce struck out Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky, in order, in the stadium, and in 1947 several members of the New York Yankees including Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, and Spec Shea, played an exhibition game against the Waterbury Timers in the stadium.
In modern times, the stadium has played host to the Waterbury franchise of the New England Collegiate Baseball League between 1994 and 1996. In 1997, the stadium became home to the Waterbury Spirit which spent four seasons in the independent Northern League. In 2004 the Connecticut Hammers, a professional soccer franchise owned by Peter Carli, unsuccessfully attempted to convert the stadium to a soccer only facility.
It is now primarily used for sporting events, primarily football and baseball, for most of the city's High Schools and Little Leagues. The stadium is designed more to that of a football arena, as opposed to a baseball field, and the majority of the stadium's uncovered seating lies along the first base line. In February 2009, Stamford CT. the Advocate reported growing concerns among state law-makers over the US economy, and the governing of state and local funds for maintaining and improving local stadium's such as Waterbury.