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Polo Grounds

Polo Grounds

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Address West 155th Street and Eighth Avenue
Manhattan, NY 10039
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Date Opened April 19, 1890
Date Renovated June 28, 1911
Date Expanded 1923
Date Closed September 18, 1963
Date Demolished April 10, 1964
Surface Grass
Cost of Construction Unknown
Stadium Architect Henry B. Herts
Capacity 55,000
Luxury Suites None
Club Seats None
  Other Facts  
Former Tenants New York Giants
(NFL) (1925-1955)
New York Jets
(NFL) (1960-1963)
New York Giants
(MLB) (1890)
New York Giants
(MLB) (1891-1957)
New York Yankees
(MLB) (1913-1922)
New York Mets
(MLB) (1962-1963)
New York Bulldogs
(NFL) (1949)
New York Giants
(NFL) (1921)
Gotham Bowl
(NCAA) (1961)
Population Base 19,000,000
On Site Parking 1,000
Nearest Airport Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
Retired Numbers #1 Ray Flaherty
#4 "Tuffy" Leemans
#7 Mel Hein
#14 Y.A. Title
#16 Frank Gifford
#32 Al Blozis
#40 Joe Morrison
#42 Charlie Conerly
#50 Ken Strong

Sources: Mediaventures

Polo Grounds

While somewhat awkwardly laid out for baseball, the various incarnations of the Polo Grounds were well-suited for football, and hundreds of football games were played there over the years.

Yale played football in the original 110th Street Polo Grounds in the 19th century, for some games which were expected to draw large crowds, including the Thanksgiving contests in 1883 and 1887.

In the 20th century, both the New York Giants of the National Football League and the New York Jets (then known as the Titans) of the American Football League used the Polo Grounds as their home field before moving on to other sites. The Giants moved initially to Yankee Stadium in 1956 while the Jets, founded in 1960, followed the New York Mets to Shea Stadium in 1964.

The grounds were also used for many games by New York-area college football teams such as Fordham and Army. An upset victory by the visiting University of Notre Dame over Army in 1924 led to Grantland Rice's famous article about the Irish backfield, which he called "The Four Horsemen".

The field was also the site of several Army–Navy Games in the 1910s and 1920s.

The football Giants hosted the 1934, 1938, 1944, and 1946 NFL championship games at the Polo Grounds. In addition the Boston Redskins moved the 1936 game from Boston to the Polo Grounds, as part of their transition in relocating to Washington.

Polo Grounds

New York Giants

Polo Grounds
Polo Grounds

1925-1955
Yankee Stadium
Yankee Stadium

1956-1973
Yale Bowl
Yale Bowl

1973-1974
Shea Stadium
Shea Stadium

1975
Giants
Stadium

Giants Stadium

1976-2009
MetLife
Stadium

MetLife Stadium

2010-Present

New York Giants / San Francisco Giants

Polo Grounds I
Polo Grounds
1883-1888
Oakland Park
Oakland Park
1889
St. George Grounds
St. George Grounds
1889
Polo Grounds II
Polo Grounds
1889-1890
Polo Grounds III
Polo Grounds
1891-1911
Hilltop Park
Hilltop Park
1911
Polo Grounds IV
Polo Grounds
1911-1957
Seals Stadium
Seals Stadium
1958-1959
Candlestick Park
Candlestick Park
1960-1999
AT&T Park
AT&T Park
2000-Present

Baltimore Orioles / New York Highlanders / New York Yankees

Oriole Park
Oriole Park
1901-1902
Hilltop Park
Hilltop Park
1903-1912
Polo Grounds IV
Polo Grounds
1913-1922
Yankee Stadium
Yankee Stadium
1923-1973
Shea Stadium
Shea Stadium
1974-1975
Yankee Stadium
Yankee Stadium
1976-2008
Yankee Stadium
Yankee Stadium
2009-Present

New York Mets

Polo Grounds IV
Polo Grounds
1960-1963
Shea Stadium
Shea Stadium
1964-2008
Citi Field
Citi Field
2009-Present


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