West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium

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West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium
Municipal Stadium
Full name West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium
Location 755 Hank Aaron Drive
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
Coordinates 26°43′18″N 80°04′45″W / 26.721675°N 80.079219°W / 26.721675; -80.079219Coordinates: 26°43′18″N 80°04′45″W / 26.721675°N 80.079219°W / 26.721675; -80.079219
Capacity 4,200 (1963)
5,000 (1986)
Surface Grass
Construction
Built 1962
Opened March 9, 1963
Closed 1997
Demolished 2002
Construction cost $1,000,000
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", located at 755 Hank Aaron Drive, was a ballpark in West Palm Beach, Florida and 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 March 9, 1963, under overcast skies. Mayor C. Ben Holleman threw out the first ball and the Kansas City Athletics defeated the Milwaukee Braves 3-0 in front of 3,265 fans. Warren Spahn started for Milwaukee and was the losing pitcher in the game.[1]

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

Atlanta and Montreal played the final spring training game at the ballpark on March 26, 1997, which saw Montreal win 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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