The 28 Oldest Baseball Stadiums in the World

Jake Cain

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Last Updated: November 8th, 2022 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.

28. Durham Athletic Park

  • Opened: 1939
  • Location: Durham, North Carolina, USA

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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.

27. 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.

26. 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.

25. 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!

24. Hinchliffe Stadium

  • Opened: 1932
  • Location: Paterson, New Jersey, USA
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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.

23. 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.

22. Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium

  • Opened: 1931
  • Location: Tainan, Taiwan
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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.

21. Engel Stadium

  • 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.

20. Hamtramck Stadium

  • 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.

19. 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.

18. 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.

17. Grayson Stadium

  • Opened: 1926
  • Location: Savannah, GA
Playing the Star-Spangled Banner -- Historic Grayson Stadium July 19, 2012

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.

16. Meiji Jingu Stadium

  • Opened: 1926
  • Location: Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
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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.

15. McCormick Field

  • Opened: 1924
  • Location: Asheville, North Carolina, USA
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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.

14. Koshien Stadium

  • Opened: 1924
  • Location: Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
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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.

13. LECOM Park

  • 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.

12. Cramton Bowl

  • 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.

11. 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.

10. Bosse Field

  • Opened: 1915
  • Location: Evansville, IN, USA
Bosse Field

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.

9. Wrigley Field

  • Opened: 1914
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Wrigley Field

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.

8. Jackie Robinson Ballpark

  • Opened: 1914
  • Location: Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Jackie Robinson Stadium

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.

7. Fenway Park

  • Opened: 1912
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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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.

6. Rickwood Field

  • Opened: 1910
  • Location: Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Rickwood Field Under the Lights

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.

5. 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.

4. League Stadium

  • 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.

3. Fuller Field

  • 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.

2. Labatt Memorial Park

  • Opened: 1877
  • Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Labatt Park

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.

1. 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.