Last Updated: March 10th, 2023 by Jake Cain
The first official baseball game was an absolute clobbering. On June 19, 1846, the New York Nine trounced the Knickerbocker Baseball Club of New York by a score of 23-1 in four innings.
It was an unimpressive showing by the Knickerbockers, especially considering their team was led by the man widely credited with inventing the sport, Alexander Cartwright himself.
The game was played at a park called Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey, making that park on the side of the Hudson River, baseball’s first official ballpark.
Elysian Fields no longer exists, buried by time and real estate development. These days it’s memorialized by bronze base markers on the four corners of the intersection of 11th and Washington streets in Hoboken, and a small monument marking the approximate location of the original baseball diamond.
While the original cradle of baseball is gone, many other historic ballparks in America and around the world are still standing and have been in use since the sport’s early days.
Read on for a list of the oldest baseball stadiums in the world.
Durham Athletic Park
- Opened: 1939
- Location: Durham, North Carolina, USA
Durham Athletic Park was almost 50 years old when it was immortalized in the 1988 baseball rom-com “Bull Durham,” where Kevin Costner played a veteran minor league catcher for the Durham Bulls.
The real-life Durham Bulls had played on this site since 1926. The original stadium, El Toro Park, burned down in 1939 and was rebuilt that year as Durham Athletic Park. The Bulls would call “The DAP” home until 1994, when, thanks in part to the success of Bull Durham, they moved into a new $18.5 million ballpark in 1995.
These days, Durham Athletic Park is home to the North Carolina Central University Eagle baseball team and Durham School of the Arts Bulldogs.
J.P. Small Memorial Stadium
- Opened: 1936
- Location: Jacksonville, Florida, USA
If we were being a bit less technical about it, J.P. Small Stadium would be much higher on this list. The original stadium on this site in northwest Jacksonville was built in 1912, but it burned down in 1936 and was immediately rebuilt that year.
For most of its history, it was known as Joseph E. Durkee Athletic Field, after the former Union officer who owned the patch of land where it was built. Over the years, it was the home field for teams from the Negro Leagues, the Minor Leagues, and MLB Spring Training.
The rebuilt stadium was segregated and included a separate section for African-American fans. In 1946, as Jackie Robinson was at the forefront of racial integration in professional baseball, a minor league game between his Montreal Royals and the New Jersey Giants was scheduled to be played at this field.
However, the Jacksonville Playground and Recreation Board prohibited Black and White athletes from playing together and the game was canceled.
Racial integration happened here in 1953, and Hank Aaron was a star for the Class-A home team Jacksonville Braves.
Taichung Baseball Field
- Opened: 1935
- Location: Taichung, Taiwan
Taichung Baseball Field is one of the oldest ballparks in Taiwan.
Baseball was introduced in Taiwan in the early 20th century, while the island was a Japanese colony. In the early days, only Japanese players were allowed in organized games, but by the 1920s Taiwanese players were participating as well.
Taichung Baseball Field was built in 1935 and has been home to several pro teams from the Chinese Professional Baseball League and the Taiwan Major League.
The stadium seats up to 8,500 people. It’s no longer used for professional games but is still in use as a training facility.
Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium
- Opened: 1934
- Location: Manila, Philippines
Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, Philippines was built in preparation for the 1934 Far Eastern Championship Games, an eight-day multi-sport competition between a half dozen East Asian countries.
Baseball was the main event in the Far Eastern games, and that year, some legendary American players participated. In fact, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth were the ones to hit the first and second home runs at the stadium!
- Opened: 1932
- Location: Paterson, New Jersey, USA
Hinchliffe Stadium is a large concrete oval stadium laid out like a classical amphitheater. It sits above the Great Falls national historic monument, surrounded by Paterson, New Jersey’s national landmark district. The stadium opened in 1932, playing host to Negro League and barnstorming games. The New York Black Yankees called Hinchliffe home until 1945.
Since the 50s, the stadium has primarily been a venue for Paterson high school sports, but beginning in 2023, it will be the new home for the New Jersey Jackals of the independent Frontier League.
Estadio de la Revolución
- Opened: 1932
- Location: Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico
Baseball has been popular in Mexico since at least the 1880s, with the birth of the “Mexico Club” baseball team in the capital city in 1887 and the formation of the professional Mexican Baseball League in 1926.
Built in 1932, Estadio de la Revolución in Torreón, Coahuila, is Mexico’s oldest professional stadium that’s still in use. It’s the home field for the Algodoneros de Unión Laguna baseball team in La Liga. This stadium has the largest foul territory of any Mexican League ballpark.
Jack Coombs Field
- Opened: 1931
- Location: Durham, North Carolina, USA
Built in 1931, Jack Coombs Field is the home of the Duke University Blue Devils and was named for former Blue Devils baseball coach Jack Coombs. It’s currently used for all weekday Bue Devils baseball games.
Although the stadium has been around for nearly a century, it’s seen several renovations over the years. These include an indoor hitting facility that was added in 2001 and AstroTurf, which was installed in 2011.
Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium
- Opened: 1931
- Location: Tainan, Taiwan
Like Taichung Stadium, Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium was built during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan.
Famous for its drum music and high-energy atmosphere, this is the home field for the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.
The stadium seats 12,000 and was built in 1931. There were only day games played at Tainan Municipal Stadium until 1992 when light poles were finally installed.
- Opened: 1930
- Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Chattanooga Lookouts owner Joe Engel built Engel Stadium during the Great Depression.
Greats like Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Lou Gehrig, and Bo Jackson played there over the years. In 1931 a local teenager, a girl named Jackie Mitchell, pitched for the Lookouts and struck out Babe Ruth during an exhibition game.
Engel Stadium was the filming location of the 2012 film 42, the biopic of Jackie Robinson. The stadium is still standing but is currently inactive, owned by the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.
One of the last notable events played there was the Southern League all-star game home run derby in 2014. The ballpark features a particularly deep center field, with its fence 471 feet from home plate. According to the lore, the only person to hit a ball over the deepest outfield wall was Harmon Killebrew.
- Opened: 1930
- Location: Hamtramck, Michigan, USA
Hamtramck Stadium in Michigan is also known as Norman “Turkey” Stearnes Field, named after the Hall of Fame outfielder. The Detroit Stars of the Negro National League played there. As one of only 12 remaining Negro League stadiums, Hamtramck is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The stadium opened in 1930, as a replacement for Mack Park, which burned down in July 1929 when the grounds crew attempted to dry the field by burning gasoline on a rainy morning ahead of a doubleheader
Ty Cobb threw out the first pitch at Hamtramck. The stadium originally had a capacity of about 8,000, with a concrete and steel grandstand and wooden bench seats. Its current capacity is about 1,500, but the stadium stands unoccupied, with its grandstand fenced in and covered in graffiti.
Luther Williams Field
- Opened: 1929
- Location: Macon, Georgia, USA
Built in 1929 and named after a former mayor of Macon, Luther Williams Field is the centerpiece of the city’s Central Park.
It’s a handsome stadium, with a brick facade and wrought iron fencing surrounding it. Originally, it was home to the minor league Macon Peaches. These days, it’s the home field for the Macon Bacon, a wood-bat summer baseball team in the collegiate Coastal Plain League.
Luther Williams Field was a filming location for “42” and Clint Eastwood’s “Trouble with the Curve.” MLB stars like Pete Rose and Chipper Jones played at Luther Williams on their way up to the majors.
Estadio La Tropical
- Opened: 1929
- Location: Havana, Cuba
Commissioned by the beer tycoon Julio Blanco Herrera, La Tropical was built in 1929 and was once considered the best ballpark in Cuba.
La Tropical was the main venue for the Cuban professional league for decades. African American players traveled to Cuba to train here during the Jim Crow era in the US, and legends like Satchel Page, Jackie Robinson, and Josh Gibson have all roamed this field. Five world cups were played there, as were the 1930 Central American Games.
When it opened, La Tropical’s center field wall measured 505 feet from the home plate. They brought the outfield fence a little closer in the 1940s, to encourage the occasional home run. The stadium still stands and is now known as Estadio Pedro Marrero, used primarily for soccer and track and field.
Muncy Bank Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field
- Opened: 1926
- Location: Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA
Built in 1926, Muncy Bank Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field is the second-oldest ballpark in minor league baseball. It’s home to the Williamsport Crosscutters of the summer collegiate league and has also been the yearly home of the MLB Little League Classic since 2017.
For one season in 2012, Bowman Field was also home to the Williamsport Outlaws of the Federal Hockey League, who played on an ice rink that was built on the field. The experiment ended unsuccessfully after legal issues arose between the builder and the operator of the rink.
- Opened: 1926
- Location: Savannah, GA
Built in 1926, this picturesque ballpark was originally called Municipal Stadium and was the home field for the Savannah Indians minor league team.
After a Category 2 hurricane destroyed a substantial portion of the ballpark in 1940, leaving only two sections of concrete bleachers standing, a new grandstand was rebuilt under the leadership of General William L. Grayson.
Grayson Stadium is currently the home of the Savannah Bananas of the collegiate Coastal Plain League.
Meiji Jingu Stadium
- Opened: 1926
- Location: Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Jingu Stadium is the oldest baseball stadium in Tokyo and is hallowed ground for Japanese baseball.
Built in 1926, it is the home field of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. Jingu is a lively venue to watch a game in central Tokyo, packed with fans who wave umbrellas when a batter gets a hit and sing team chants with such precision it sounds almost orchestral.
- Opened: 1924
- Location: Asheville, North Carolina, USA
The home field for the Asheville Tourists Minor League team is perched partway up one of the city’s hills and features a 36-foot tall right field fence reminiscent of Fenway’s Green Monster.
Built in 1924, McCormick Field is the third-oldest ballpark in minor league baseball. The field is named after Dr. Lewis McCormick, a bacteriologist who rid Asheville of a fly infestation in the early 20th century.
During the 1940s, McCormick Field was home to the Asheville Blues Negro Southern League team.
- Opened: 1924
- Location: Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
Japan’s oldest stadium and its first large-scale ballpark, Koshien Stadium was built in 1924 in Hyogo prefecture.
It’s the home of the Hanshin Tigers professional baseball team and fits 55,000 fans in the stands. It was the largest stadium in Asia when it was built.
Koshien Stadium also hosts Japan’s biggest high school baseball tournament every spring and summer, with teams from across the country playing in games that are broadcast nationally on TV and radio.
Since the 40s, there has been a tradition at Koshien where losing teams take a handful of dirt from the field after their loss.
Ray Fisher Stadium
- Opened: 1923
- Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ray Fisher Stadium is the home of the University of Michigan Wolverines and opened in 1923. It is named for Ray Fisher, coach of the Wolverines baseball teams from 1921-1958.
This stadium has hosted ten Big Ten Conference baseball tournaments, five of which were wins for the Wolverines.
- Opened: 1923
- Location: Bradenton, Florida, USA
Built in 1923, LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida is the oldest stadium used in spring training.
Formerly known as McKechnie Field, it’s the spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. It’s also the third oldest stadium used by an MLB team, after Fenway and Wrigley.
It’s a charming stadium in a working-class neighborhood in Bradenton, with a Spanish Mission-style aesthetic that harkens back to the 20s.
LECOM also hosts Minor League games for the Bradenton Marauders Low-A Pirates affiliate. As far as minor league stadiums go, it’s the second oldest in the country.
Robertson Field at Satow Stadium
- Opened: 1923
- Location: New York, New York, USA
Hal Roberston Field is the home of the Columbia Lions of the NCAA Division I Ivy League. The field was built in 1923 but has been renovated in 2007 and again in 2010, adding FieldTurf, and chair backs and updating the pressbox, dugouts, and scoreboard.
This field is located on the tip of the island of Manhattan, and its proximity to Spuyten Duyvil Creek, which separates Manhattan from the Bronx, creates an extremely short center field for this stadium.
- Opened: 1922
- Location: Montgomery, Alabama, USA
Cramton Bowl was built in 1922 on top of a landfill donated to the city by a businessman named Fred Cramton. The first baseball game there was between Auburn and Vanderbilt University teams, and shortly thereafter the Philadelphia Athletics moved their spring training operations there.
It was originally a baseball stadium and for many years hosted MLB Spring Training, Negro Leagues, and minor league teams. These days, Cramton Bowl is used primarily for football, hosting NCAA bowl games as well as regional high school games.
- Opened: 1920
- Location: Cooperstown. New York, USA
Located just two blocks from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Doubleday Field has been used for baseball since 1920.
From 1940 to 2008, it was the site of the Hall of Fame Game, an in-season exhibition game. Major League Baseball announced the end of the Hall of Fame Game in 2008.
Since 2009, the Hall of Fame Classic has been played at Doubleday Field. This exhibition game is played by Hall of Famers and other retired players.
Aside from this special exhibition, the field is primarily used for amateur and American Legion baseball. Doubleday Field has no lights, making it unusable for standard professional play.
Chiayi City Municipal Baseball Stadium
- Opened: 1918
- Location: Chiayi City, Taiwan
Like other historic Taiwanese stadiums, Chiayi City Municipal Baseball Stadium was built while Taiwan was under Japanese rule.
The stadium opened in 1918 and seats 10,000 spectators. It is the former home for the Chinatrust Whales of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.
- Opened: 1915
- Location: Evansville, IN, USA
Building this ballpark was a pet project of Evansville’s mayor, Benjamin Bosse. When the mayor needed additional funding for the park, the school board president balked at Bosse’s plan to take the funds he needed from the school board budget.
Bosse fired the school board president and hired someone who agreed with his plan. Thus, Bosse became the first municipally-owned sports stadium in the United States.
Bosse Field is home to the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League. The Detroit Tigers have used it for spring training in the past.
It was also featured in the A League of Their Own (1992), where it was the site of the clash between the Racine Belles and the Rockford Peaches.
- Opened: 1914
- Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Wrigley Field is the oldest ballpark in the National League and the second-oldest in the majors. Before gum manufacturer William Wrigley re-named it after his company in 1927, it was called Weeghman Park and then Cubs Park.
In 1927, Wrigley underwent a major renovation, as the upper deck was added and the grandstand was moved west on giant rollers. The iconic ivy that’s growing on the outfield walls was planted in 1934.
After the ballpark opened in 1914, it was another 102 years before it finally became the home venue for a World Series champion. Prior to the Cubs’ infamous epic championship drought, they’d won the 1907 and 1908 World Series at their previous home of West Side Park.
Jackie Robinson Ballpark
- Opened: 1914
- Location: Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Jackie Robinson Ballpark is the oldest active stadium in minor league baseball. It was built in 1914 on Daytona Beach’s City Island in the Halifax River.
This was the first stadium that allowed Jackie Robinson to play during 1946 spring training after the cities of Jacksonville and Sanford forced the cancellation of integrated games.
“The Jack” is a resilient venue — it has been beaten up by hurricanes over the years and renovated several times.
Over the years, the ballpark has been the home field for minor league teams and the spring training home for the Cardinals, Dodgers, Orioles, and Expos.
Presently, it’s home to the collegiate Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and the Daytona Tortugas of the Florida State League.
- Opened: 1912
- Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
The grand opening of Fenway Park in April 1912 was delayed by three consecutive rainouts. The newspapers that week carried the distressing news about the SS Titanic.
Finally, the skies cleared and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Highlanders 2-0 in the first official game at what’s now the oldest and most famous ballpark in the Major Leagues.
Fenway Park is a baseball mecca, a cozy park with a brick facade and famous quirks like its outfield triangle, the Pesky pole, and the towering Green Monster in left field. Its hand-operated scoreboard was added in 1934 and is still updated manually from behind the wall.
Fenway has hosted the World Series 11 times, with the Red Sox winning six of them and the Boston Braves winning one.
- Opened: 1910
- Location: Birmingham, Alabama, USA
When Rick Woodward built Rickwood Field, Birmingham was America’s fastest-growing city, with an economy built on iron and steel.
The ballpark was modeled after Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field. Opening day was August 18, 1910. In the early days, Rickwood Field was home to two segregated teams: the Coal Barons and the Black Barons, who played on alternating weekends.
Legends like Willie Mays, Satchel Paige, and Mule Suttles (the all-time Negro league home run leader) played for the Black Barons in this park. MLB legends played there too: Babe Ruth, Roger Hornsby, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, and Shoeless Joe Jackson all roamed this field.
The Birmingham Barons played there until 1987. These days, the Barons only play at Rickwood once a year, but the stadium is kept preserved under the care of the Friends of Rickwood.
A “working museum”, Rickwood Field hosts special events like home run derbies, as well as being the home field of the Miles College NCAA Division II baseball team. Rickwood Field is on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Opened: 1909
- Location: Bisbee, Arizona, USA
Warren Ballpark was built in 1909 by the Calumet and Arizona Mining Company as a recreation space for miners and their families. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.
The park consists of a baseball field and a football field, all surrounded by an 8-foot security fence. In the past, this park was home to the Bisbee-Douglas Copper Kings and the Tuscan Saguaros, both independent professional teams.
Currently, Warren Ballpark houses the Bisbee High School baseball and football teams.
- Opened: 1908
- Location: Newport, Rhode Island, USA
The first documented baseball game at Cardines Field occurred in 1908, but local debates continue as to whether or not the area was used for baseball prior to that date.
Either way, it’s one of the USA’s oldest parks. Originally a drainage basin for steam trains, Cardines Field was first built as an unofficial sandlot field for railway workers.
Over the years, many great players have made an appearance on this field. It hosted Negro League teams including the Baltimore Elite Giants, the Boston Royal Giants, and the New York Black Yankees.
During World War II, former professional baseball players who were stationed nearby participated in the George Donnelly Sunset League, an amateur league that played on this field. As a result, Cardines Field has hosted baseball all-stars including Satchel Paige, Yogi Berra, and Phil Rizzuto.
Horlick Athletic Field
- Opened: 1907
- Location: Racine, Wisconsin, USA
This ballpark opened in 1907 as North Side City League Park. In 1919, it was rededicated as Horlick Field by William Horlick, the inventor of malted milk.
Over the years, Horlick Field has hosted the Racine Belles professional women’s baseball team, the Negro League’s Chicago American Giants, as well as thousands of semi-professional and industrial-league baseball games.
Two NFL teams have also played here, and since 1953 Horlick Field has been the home field of the Racine Raiders of the Mid-States Football League.
Goss Stadium at Coleman Field
- Opened: 1907
- Location: Corvallis, Oregon, USA
Goss Stadium was established in 1907 and is the home of the Oregon State Beavers baseball team. The stadium underwent a major remodel in 1998 and has since received updates including FieldTurf, a state-of-the-art scoreboard, and extensions that allowed more seating.
Goss Stadium is also home to the collegiate summer team the Corvallis Knights.
- Opened: 1906
- Location: Burlington, Vermont, USA
Centennial Field is the home of the University of Vermont Catamounts and also hosts the Vermont Lake Monsters, a summer collegiate league.
This baseball field and the surrounding UVM sports complex were constructed on land that was dedicated for that purpose in 1904 as part of the university’s Centennial celebration. The first baseball game was played there in April 1906.
Over the years, improvements have been made to keep this field in great condition, including over $2 million in improvements in 2012 to meet Minor League standards.
It has been home to minor league and summer collegiate baseball teams over the years including the Burlington Athletics, Vermont Reds, Vermont Mariners, and the Vermont Expos (now the Vermont Lake Monsters).
Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field
- Opened: 1905
- Location: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field is a historic baseball stadium with a rich history of hosting legendary players and teams. Originally opened for baseball in 1905, the stadium has served as the home field for the College of the Holy Cross, the Worcester Tornadoes, and the Worcester Bravehearts.
Notably, Lou Gehrig played a game at Fitton Field in 1922 as a sophomore at Columbia University, and Babe Ruth played there in a 1935 exhibition game against Holy Cross while playing for the Boston Braves. The stadium also hosted the 100 Inning Game benefit for Curt Schilling’s charity, Curt’s Pitch for ALS, in 2006.
Drayton McLane Baseball Stadium
- Opened: 1902
- Location: East Lansing, Michigan, USA
Drayton McLane Stadium opened in 1902 as Old College Field and is the home of the Michigan State University Spartans. It was renamed in honor of former Houston Astros owner and Michigan State alumnus Drayton McLane, who donated the funds necessary for the stadium’s renovation in 2008.
In 2015, the stadium underwent additional renovations and had an electric field heating system installed, making it the first baseball field in the world with this state-of-the-art system.
- Opened: 1894
- Location: Huntingburg, Indiana, USA
The home of the DuBois County Bombers, League Stadium opened in 1894.
The Bombers, who play in a wood-bat collegiate summer league, wear vintage-style uniforms with knickered pants and stirrups, and the ballpark retains a timeless atmosphere with 40s-era signage and scoreboard.
League Stadium was a set location for A League of Their Own and was renovated in 1991 ahead of filming there. The ballpark also served as a set for the 1995 HBO movie, Soul of the Game.
- Opened: 1878
- Location: Clinton, Massachusetts, USA
Fuller Field, a neighborhood baseball diamond in the small town of Clinton, Massachusetts, is one of the oldest baseball fields in the world.
Baseball games have been played on that diamond along the Nashua River since at least 1878. Box scores from that year show that the Hall of Fame pitcher Tim Keefe played third base for the Clinton Base Ball Club in 1878, and an old oilcloth survey map depicts the “Clinton Base Ball Ground” on the precise location of Fuller Field.
Guinness World Records certified it as the world’s oldest baseball diamond in continuous use in 2007.
Labatt Memorial Park
- Opened: 1877
- Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Although Guinness recognizes Fuller Field as the oldest baseball diamond, the honor of the “oldest baseball field” goes to Labatt Park in London, Ontario.
Built near the Thames River, the park’s history dates back to 1877 when it opened as Tecumseh Park. It’s currently home to the London Majors minor league team and the Western Mustangs college team.
The reason Fuller Field claims to be an older baseball diamond is that Labatt Park’s home plate used to be located in what’s now its outfield.
When the Thames River flooded in 1883 it destroyed the original grandstand and when they rebuilt it they shifted the infield so it was oriented in a different direction.
Palmar de Junco Stadium
- Opened: 1874
- Location: Pueblo Nuevo, Matanzas, Cuba
Considered the cradle of baseball in Cuba, Palmar de Junco hosted Cuba’s first official baseball game in December 1874. That game was between Matanzas and the Habana Baseball Club.
According to newspapers from the time, Habana was leading 51-9 when the game was called in the 7th inning because of darkness.
Palmar de Junco is not officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest in the world, but it has been in use continuously since the very early days of Cuba’s national sport. The Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame is located at the stadium.