Tenant: Toronto Blue Jays (AL); Toronto Argonauts (CFL)
First Blue Jays game: April 7, 1977
Last Blue Jays game: May 28, 1989
Demolition: February 1, 1999
Capacity: 25,303 (1959); 38,522 (1977); 43,737 (1978)
Owner: City of Toronto
Cost: $17.6 million (1976 reconfiguration for baseball)
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Location: Near Lake Ontario about a mile west of downtown Toronto between Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard West.
Dimensions: Foul line: 330 ft.; power alleys: 375 ft.; center field: 400 ft.; backstop: 60 ft.
Fences: 12 ft. (8 canvas below 4 wire).
- The first game played here (April 7, 1977) was the only one ever played in Major League Baseball with snow covering the entire field.
- Originally built as a football stadium, it was the only park where the bleachers were covered and the rest of the seats were not covered.
- It is the only park in which a game was called off because of wind (April 30, 1984).
Recommended Reading (bibliography):
- Take Me Out to the Ballpark: An Illustrated Tour of Baseball Parks Past and Present by Josh Leventhal and Jessica Macmurray.
- The Ballpark Book: A Journey Through the Fields of Baseball Magic (Revised Edition) by Ron Smith and Kevin Belford.
- City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks by Philip Bess.
- Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark by Michael Gershman.
- Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All 273 Major League and Negro League Ballparks by Philip J. Lowry.
- Lost Ballparks: A Celebration of Baseball's Legendary Fields by Lawrence S. Ritter.
- Roadside Baseball: A Guide to Baseball Shrines Across America by Chris Epting.
- The Story of America's Classic Ballparks (VHS).
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View of Exhibition Stadium courtesy of the Franklin Digital Collection.
Updated March 2000
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