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Ballpark Abandonment By the Numbers (1999-2009)
Ballparks Abandoned: 69
Minors: 55
Majors: 14

Still Standing: 53
Demolished: 16

Of those still standing...

  • 21 are vacant
  • 8 are used by collegiate teams
  • 6 are used by summer collegiate wood bat leagues
  • 6 are used by independent leagues
  • 6 are used for other sports
  • 3 are used for spring training

  • Gone, But Not Forgotten
    Tiger Stadium
    Tiger Stadium
    , on The Corner in Detroit from 1912 to 2009

    Independently Used
    Fair Grounds Field
    Fair Grounds Field
    , host of three independent league teams since the Texas League left Shreveport in 2003

    Still Standing
    Ned Skeldon Stadium
    Ned Skeldon Stadium
    , home of the Toledo Mud Hens through 2001 and not much since

    This is a complete list of all ballparks abandoned by major league teams and their minor league affiliates from 1999 through 2009. Some have since been demolished, others are still standing but vacant, and a handful are now used by independent or collegiate teams. The table below lists the most generally recognized name of the ballpark, its location, the year it opened and was abandoned, and its current status.
    Ballpark Location Opened Abandoned Current Status
    Damaschke Field Oneonta, NY 1939 2009 Vacant
    Drillers Stadium Tulsa, OK 1981 2009 Vacant
    Metrodome Minneapolis, MN 1982 2009 Used for football
    Cooper Stadium Columbus, OH 1932 2008 Vacant
    Golden Park Columbus, GA 1951 2008 Vacant
    Holman Stadium Vero Beach, FL 1953 2008 Taken over by Minor League Baseball
    Memorial Stadium Fort Wayne, IN 1993 2008 Demolished in 2009
    Shea Stadium Flushing, NY 1964 2008 Demolition completed on February 18, 2009
    The Diamond Richmond, VA 1985 2008 Used by Virginia Commonwealth University;
    Eastern League team moving in for 2010
    Tucson Electric Park Tucson, AZ 1998 2008 Used by Arizona Diamondbacks for Spring Training
    Yankee Stadium Bronx, NY 1923 2008 Vacant and will be torn down
    Cobb Field Billings, MT 1948 2007 Demolished in 2007
    Lawrence-Dumont Stadium Wichita, KS 1934 2007 Used by Wichita Wingnuts (American Association)
    Lynx Stadium Ottawa, ON 1993 2007 Vacant
    RFK Stadium Washington, DC 1961 2007 Used for soccer
    C.O. Brown Stadium Battle Creek, MI 1990 2006 Used by Battle Creek Bombers (Northwoods League)
    McDermott Field Idaho Falls, ID 1976 2006 Demolished in 2006
    Ray Winder Field Little Rock, AR 1932 2006 Vacant
    Busch Stadium St. Louis, MO 1966 2005 Demolished on November 7, 2005
    Municipal Stadium Greenville, SC 1984 2005 Vacant
    Skylands Park Augusta, NJ 1994 2005 Used by Sussex Skyhawks (Can-Am League)
    Billy Hebert Field Stockton, CA 1927 2004 Vacant
    Capital City Stadium Columbia, SC 1991 2004 Used by Columbia Blowfish (Coastal Plain League)
    Cohen Stadium El Paso, TX 1990 2004 Used by El Paso Diablos (American Association)
    Gill Stadium Manchester, NH 1913 2004 Vacant
    Larry H. Miller Field Provo, UT 2001 2004 Used by BYU
    Olympic Stadium Montreal, QC 1976 2004 Vacant
    TELUS Field Edmonton, AB 1995 2004 Used by Edmonton Capitals (Golden Baseball League)
    Watt Powell Park Charleston, WV 1948 2004 Demolished in 2005-06
    World War Memorial Stadium Greensboro, NC 1926 2004 Used by North Carolina A&T University
    Champion Stadium Lake Buena Vista, FL 1997 2003 Used by Atlanta Braves for Spring Training
    Hooker Field Martinsville, VA 1988 2003 Used by Martinsville Mustangs (Coastal Plain League)
    Jack Russell Stadium Clearwater, FL 1955 2003 Partially demolished on July 21, 2007
    Lindborg-Cregg Field Missoula, MT 1999 2003 Used for American Legion ball
    Qualcomm Stadium San Diego, CA 1967 2003 Used for football
    Veterans Stadium Philadelphia, PA 1971 2003 Demolished on March 21, 2004
    Athletic Park Medicine Hat, AB 1977 2002 Used by Medicine Hat Mavericks
    (Western Major Baseball League)
    Fair Grounds Field Shreveport, LA 1986 2002 Used by Shreveport-Bossier Captains
    (American Association)
    Foothills Stadium Calgary, AB 1966 2002 Used by Calgary Vipers (Golden Baseball League)
    Luther Williams Field Macon, GA 1929 2002 Vacant
    Paul Eames Sports Complex Albany, GA 1993 2002 Vacant
    Riverfront Stadium Cincinnati, OH 1970 2002 Demolished on December 29, 2002
    Wolfson Park Jacksonville, FL 1955 2002 Demolished in 2002
    Alumni Coliseum Butte, MT 1965 2001 Used for football
    Brooks Field Wilmington, NC 1989 2001 Used by UNC-Wilmington
    Christensen Stadium Midland, TX 1952 2001 Used by Midland College
    Donovan Stadium Utica, NY 1976 2001 Vacant
    Ned Skeldon Stadium Maumee, OH 1965 2001 Vacant
    Pete Beiden Field Fresno, CA 1966 2001 Used by Fresno State University
    Veterans Memorial Stadium Cedar Rapids, IA 1949 2001 Demolished in 2001
    Vonachen Stadium Peoria, IL 1984 2001 Converted to a soccer stadium
    Wahconah Park Pittsfield, MA 1950 2001 Used by Pittsfield American Defenders
    (New England Collegiate Baseball League)
    Albuquerque Sports Stadium Albuquerque, NM 1969 2000 Demolished in 2002
    College of Staten Island
    Baseball Complex
    Staten Island, NY 1999 2000 Used by College of Staten Island
    County Stadium Milwaukee, WI 1953 2000 Demolished on February 21, 2001
    J. P. Riddle Stadium Fayetteville, NC 1987 2000 Used by Fayetteville Swampdogs
    (Coastal Plain League)
    Osceola County Stadium Kissimmee, FL 1985 2000 Used by Houston Astros for Spring Training
    Progress Energy Park St. Petersburg, FL 1976 2000 Vacant
    The Ballpark at St. John's Queens, NY 2000 2000 Used by St. John's University
    Three Rivers Stadium Pittsburgh, PA 1970 2000 Demolished on February 11, 2001
    Astrodome Houston, TX 1965 1999 Vacant
    Bill Meyer Stadium Knoxville, TN 1955 1999 Demolished in 2003
    Candlestick Park San Francisco, CA 1960 1999 Used for football
    Cardinal Stadium Louisville, KY 1956 1999 Vacant
    Engel Stadium Chattanooga, TN 1930 1999 Vacant
    Marinelli Field Rockford, IL 1988 1999 Vacant
    Smith-Wills Stadium Jackson, MS 1975 1999 Vacant
    Tiger Stadium Detroit, MI 1912 1999 Demolition completed on September 21, 2009
    Tim McCarver Stadium Memphis, TN 1963 1999 Demolished in 2005

    Shea Stadium
    Shea Stadium was one of 16 former pro ballparks to be abandoned and completely demolished during the 10-year period that spanned 1999-2009. Shea was home to the Mets from 1964-2008 and was the last major league ballpark to be used simultaneously by two teams, as the Yankees played there in 1974-75 while their stadium was being renovated.

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