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Stadiums in "Limbo"
The sad interlude between
life and death...

Ebbets Field It is hard for any true baseball fan to avoid shedding a tear when he or she sees a former "Green Cathedral" rusting away out of neglect and indifference. For purposes of these Web pages, I define "stadium limbo" as that bleak phase between functional demise (when the team abandons it) and structural obliteration (when it is finally torn down). If demolition begins within a year of abandonment, or if another baseball team takes up residence there later on, there is no "limbo." Only genuine baseball stadiums are included on this page, and stadiums that are still in use as the home field of a pro football team are excluded. Stadiums currently used by college teams or sports with much smaller attendance (tennis, soccer) are considered "in limbo." The names commonly used during the time of "limbo" are used.

Photos (muted) appear when you roll the mouse over stadium names that are followed by a camera icon.

Stadium name Former home team Years in "Limbo" Total Uses during Limbo Present site occupant
Baker Bowl camera Philadelphia Phillies 1939-1950 11 Circuses, auto races School bus repair facility
League Park camera Cleveland Indians 1947-1951 4 . Park; office building serves as community center.
Braves Field camera Boston Braves 1953-1959 6 Home of AFL Patriots 1960-1962; a portion remains as Boston University's "Nickerson Field."
Ebbets Field camera Brooklyn Dodgers 1958-1960 2 . apartment complex
Griffith Stadium camera Washington Senators 1962-1965 3 . Howard University Hospital
(L.A.) Wrigley Field Los Angeles Angels 1962-1966 4 . public park and community center
Crosley Field camera Cincinnati Reds 1971-1972 1 car impoundment lot commercial buildings
Connie Mack Stadium camera Philadelphia Phillies 1971-1976 5 (ex-Shibe Park) Deliverance Evangelistic Church
(K.C.) Municipal Stadium camera Kansas City Royals 1973-1976 3 . vacant until 2000s; now new houses
Colt Stadium Houston Colt 45s 1965-1971 6 . parking lot for NRG Stadium / Astrodome
Sick's Stadium Seattle Pilots 1970-1979 9 . Lowe's Home Improvement warehouse
Metropolitan Stadium camera Minnesota Twins 1982-1985 3 . Mall of the Americas
Jarry Park Montreal Expos 1977-1995 18 tennis "Reborn" (rebuilt) as a tennis stadium in 1996.
Exhibition Stadium Toronto Blue Jays 1990-1999 9 . exhibition / fairground complex; BMO Stadium (soccer)
Memorial Stadium camera Baltimore Orioles 1992-2001 * 6 * Canadian Football League Stallions (1994-1997) * retirement community
Tiger Stadium camera Detroit Tigers 2000-2008 8 movie filmed: "61" vacant lot, maintained as a ball field by volunteers
Astrodome Houston Astros 2000- 19+ Hurricane Katrina refugees, monster truck shows intact
Olympic Stadium camera Montreal Expos 2005- 14+ occasional football intact
Yankee Stadium camera New York Yankees 2009-2010 1 movie filmed there (?) parking garage for New Yankee Stadium ;
soccer field / track
QualComm Stadium San Diego Padres 2017- 2+ San Diego State University football intact
Turner Field camera Atlanta Braves 2017- 2+ Georgia State University football (2017- ) intact
RFK Stadium camera Washington Nationals 2018- 1+ D.C. United soccer team (1997-2017) intact
camera : Photos I have taken there.
(Rollover effect)
- MLB team moved to another stadium in the first "Limbo" year shown, EXCEPT RFK Stadium (Nationals 2005-2007).
Demolition began in the LAST "Limbo" year shown, EXCEPT Braves Field.
* The three years Memorial Stadium hosted a CFL team are deducted from total "Limbo" years.

FAN TIP: Matt Lachs

* First posted: Sept. 20, 2006

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