West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium

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West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium
Municipal Stadium
Full name West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium
Location 715 Hank Aaron Drive
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
Built 1962
Opened March 9, 1963
Closed 1997
Demolished 2002
Surface Grass
Construction cost $1,000,000
Capacity 4,200 (1963)
5,000 (1986)
Tenants

Milwaukee-Atlanta Braves (MLB) (spring training) (1963-1997)

West Palm Beach Expos (FSL) (1969-1997)
West Palm Beach Tropics (SPBA) (1989-1990)
Montreal Expos (MLB) (spring training) (1969-1972 and 1981-1997)

West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium, referred to as “Municipal Stadium”, was a ballpark in West Palm Beach, Florida and the long-time spring training home to the Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos. The stadium was built in 1962 to replace 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 March 9, 1963 under overcast skies. Mayor C. Ben Holleman threw out the first ball and the Kansas City Athletics defeated Milwaukee 3-0 in front of 3,265. Warren Spahn started for Milwaukee and was the losing pitcher in the game.[1]

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

Atlanta and Montreal played the last spring-training game at the ballpark on March 26, 1997; Montreal won the game 2-0.[3]

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. 

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