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League Park

League Park

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Address Lexington Avenue & East 66th Street
Cleveland, OH 44114
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  The Facility  
Date Opened May 1, 1891
Date Renovated April 21, 1910
Date Closed September 21, 1946
Demolished 1951
Ownership
(Management)
City of Cleveland
(City of Cleveland)
Surface Grass
Stadium Architect Osborn Engineering
Capacity 21,414
Baseball 21,414
Luxury Suites None
Club Seats None
  Other Facts  
Former Tenants Cleveland Rams
(NFL) (1937)
(1942)
(1944-1945)
Cleveland Indians
(MLB) (1901-1946)
Cleveland Spiders
(MLB) (1891-1899)
Cleveland Buckeyes
(NAL) (1943-1948)
Population Base 5,000,000
On Site Parking None
Nearest Airport Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)


Sources: Mediaventures

League Park

League Park had been around before the Indians came along. Cleveland had a team in the National League for a while called the Spiders and they played at League Park. Cy Young pitched the first game there in 1891 for the Spiders. Maybe you've heard of him. Now guys like Roger Clemens win awards named after Mr. Young, who died before most of us were born. The main road heading east from Cleveland is Euclid Avenue. Before the advent of the Interstate Highway, that was the street you would have taken to get from Cleveland to places like Buffalo and Boston. When John D. Rockefeller was building his fortune refining oil, he resided on Euclid Avenue. Later in the 19th century, dozens of newly made millioinaires built their mansions on that same street. For over one hundred years the area east of Cleveland that Euclid Avenue passed through was one of the most prosperous neighborhoods in America. Through most of the 20th century, the finest office buildings, department stores and playhouses lined the street. It was in this neighborhood that League Park was built.

Today there are some remnants of former times, but most of the once glorious district has decayed beyond recognition. Police officers in urban combat uniforms walk the area in groups of four, and that's on Sunday mornings. Once bustling neighborhoods are eerily calm, primarily because there aren't enough people living there to create a bustle. Close to half of the homes in that part of town have burned or been torn down. Twenty years ago, the neighborhood was full of boarded up buildings, but now even those buildings are gone.

At the corner of 66th Street and Lexington Avenue, there is a block that is largely vacant. The block across the street as well as several others close by are also vacant, but this lot has an old baseball park on it. The baseball diamond is in the same spot that it was when the Indians played on it. The outfield is where it always was. A swimming pool is located where the stands once looked out at left field. A small section of the stands behind first base remains, although it is crumbling and a deteriorating fence surrounds it. Behind the stands is part of the original exterior wall. One could walk past it and imagine what it must have been like to go to a game there a lifetime ago. Adjacent to that section of stands is the original ticket office. It was converted into a recreation hall, but it doesn't look like it gets used very much. Just a few feet from the old ticket office and visible from the street is the historical marker placed there in 1979.

In 2002, architect Paul Volpe drew up plans to rebuild League Park. The plan called for a rebuilt 4,000-seat stadium and a museum dedicated to League Park's history. The plan also calls for conference rooms, a picnic area and a community park that could host outdoor concerts. That same year, Cleveland mayor Jane Campbell announced the plan to great fanfare and the city set aside $1.7 million to jump-start the renovation. The project's total estimated cost is $18 million.

Cleveland Rams / Los Angles Rams / St. Louis Rams

Municipal Stadium
Municipal Stadium

1937
1939-1941
1945
League Park
League Park

1937
1942
1944-1945
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Shaw Stadium
1938
 
 
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LA Coliseum

1946-1979
 
 
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Anaheim Stadium

1980-1994
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Busch Stadium

1995
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Edward Jones Dome

1995-Present

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League Park I
1901-1909
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League Park II
1910-1946
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Cleveland Stadium
1932-1993
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1994-Present


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