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Pompano Beach Municipal Stadium

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Pompano Beach Municipal Stadium
Location18 Avenue at 8 Street Northeast
Pompano Beach, Florida
OwnerCity of Pompano Beach
Field sizeLeft – 350ft.

Center – 420ft.

Right – 350ft.
OpenedMarch 22, 1957[1]
Construction cost$
Washington Senators (AL) (1961–1971) (spring training)
Pompano Beach Mets (FSL) (1969–1973)
Texas Rangers (AL) (1972–1986) (spring training)
Pompano Beach Cubs (FSL) (1976-78)
Gold Coast Suns (SPBA) (1989)
Miami Miracle (FSL) (1990–1991)
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (APSL) (1990)

Pompano Beach Municipal Stadium was a stadium in Pompano Beach, Florida. Primarily used for baseball, it was home to the Pompano Beach Mets and Pompano Beach Cubs and served as the spring training home of the Washington Senators from 1961 to 1971 and the Texas Rangers from 1972 to 1986.[2][3] The 1989 Gold Coast Suns split their home games between Bobby Maduro-Miami Stadium and Municipal Stadium.[4] The ballpark was dedicated on March 22, 1957.[2] It held 4,500 people.[2] In 1980 new night lighting, seat and fences were installed at a cost of $227,000.[5] Improvements in 1984 included a new practice infield, public address system, re-carpeting of the clubhouse and rewiring of the concession stands.[5] It was also used as the Pompano Beach High School baseball team (Tornadoes) home field.[6] The Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the APSL used it as their home soccer ground for one season in 1990 after the Broward School District via the school board, denied them access to Lockhart Stadium.[7][8][9] The stadium also hosted the Florida State League's Miami Miracle in 1990 and 1991.[10][11]

This stadium was demolished in 2008 and re-built as several baseball fields, although without grandstands.[2] The baseball complex, no longer a stadium, is managed by the City of Pompano Beach and hosts Federal League Semi-Pro Baseball and high school baseball games.

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  1. ^ Thuma, Cynthia A. (2007). Sport Lauderdale: Big Names and Big Games: A Sports Enthusiast's Guide to Broward County, Florida. Charleston, SC: The History Press. pp. 17–8. ISBN 9781596291454.
  2. ^ a b c d Lenkowsky, Martin (9 August 2013). "Pompano Beach struck out aiming for baseball almost 30 years ago". The Pelican. Pompano Beach, FL.
  3. ^ Davis, Craig (10 February 2017). "Baseball royalty made South Florida shine during heyday of spring training". Sun-Sentinel. Broward, FL. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  4. ^ Grossman, Laurie M. (5 November 1989). "Baseball bounces back in Pompano". Broward North. Miami Herald (Broward ed.). p. 2BR.
  5. ^ a b Smith, Wes (26 February 1984). "Lone Rangers play to empty stands". Broward North. Miami Herald (Broward ed.). p. 3BR.
  6. ^ "Broward high school results and schedules". Business News. Sun-Sentinel. Broward, FL. 18 April 2007.
  7. ^ Andreu, Robbie (12 May 1990). "Strikers' new pitch: Baseball stadium outfield". Sun-Sentinel. Broward, FL.
  8. ^ Rusnak, Jeff (7 July 1990). "Strikers seek end to Pompano loss streak". Sun-Sentinel. Broward, FL.
  9. ^ "Strikers perfect on the road". Sun-Sentinel. Broward, FL. 22 July 1990.
  10. ^ Elmore, Cindy (21 August 1990). "Fans catch Miracle fever Pompano ball team scores 1st season success". Local. Sun-Sentinel (Broward ed.). Broward, FL. p. 3B.
  11. ^ Kelley, Lane (30 April 1996). "Pompano ponders baseball feasibility - stadium repairs could land minor leaguers". Local. Sun-Sentinel (Final ed.). Broward, FL. p. 1B.

Further reading

  • Borenstein, Seth (8 October 1989). "Play Ball! Old-time baseball returns to Municipal Stadium in the form of retired major leaguers". North East. Sun-Sentinel (North Broward ed.). Broward, FL. p. 3.
  • Hyde, Dave (30 March 1986). "Spring romance with Rangers about to end in Pompano Beach". Broward. Miami Herald (Broward ed.). p. 2BR.

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