Which stadiums were used for less time than Turner Field?
There are a handful of stadiums in Major League Baseball’s modern era that were used for fewer seasons than Atlanta’s Turner Field, which has been home of the Braves since 1997.
Sick’s Stadium, Seattle (1969) — A minor-league park that opened in 1938, it hosted the only season of the expansion Seattle Pilots, who moved to Milwaukee in 1970 and became the Brewers. Merely intended as a temporary home until a new domed stadium was built, Sick’s Stadium was expanded to hold around 25,000 for the Pilots.
Wrigley Field, Los Angeles (1961) — Far less famous than its namesake stadium in Chicago, this was another minor-league park that was temporary home for the expansion Los Angeles Angels their first season. The Angels moved to Dodger Stadium the following year as tenants to the city’s other major league team until Anaheim Stadium opened in 1966.
Mile High Stadium, Denver (1993-94) — While this stadium became known mostly as home of the NFL’s Denver Broncos, it did include a huge movable stand to accommodate baseball. It was used for the expansion Colorado Rockies’ first two seasons while Coors Field was under construction.
Seals Stadium, San Francisco (1958-59) — A longtime minor-league park that opened in 1931, it was pressed into service as stopgap home of the Giants after they moved from New York to the West Coast along with the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was expanded to about 23,000 seats and used until Candlestick Park opened in 1960.
Colt Stadium, Houston (1962-64) — A hastily constructed, temporary facility for Houston’s expansion team, originally known as the Colt .45s, while the world’s first domed stadium was constructed nearby. Known for its blistering heat and swarms of mosquitoes, it was demolished after the renamed Astros moved to the Astrodome.
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (1958-61) — A football and athletics stadium that is still in use today, it was the temporary home of the Dodgers after their move from Brooklyn. It featured a left-field screen that was only 251 feet from home plate and hosted record crowds of more than 92,000 during the 1959 World Series.
Jarry Park Stadium, Montreal (1969-76) — Another temporary facility that served as the first home of the Montreal Expos, who moved to Olympic Stadium the season after the 1976 Summer Games. A tiny baseball field in a public park was expanded to seat 28,000 and most notably had a swimming pool beyond the right-field wall.
Exhibition Stadium, Toronto (1977-89) — Originally built for the Canadian National Exhibition in 1948, the stadium was home of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League from 1959-1988. An awkward expansion converted it to baseball when the Blue Jays arrived, but thousands of seats were far from home plate and faced away from the infield, and the weather could be downright brutal. The team moved to the nearby SkyDome during the 1989 season.
RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington (1962-71, 2005-07) — The first of the circular, “cookie-cutter” stadiums designed as a multi-sport facility for both football and baseball. The second incarnation of the Washington Senators played there for 10 seasons before moving to Texas, and the Washington Nationals used it for three seasons after moving from Montreal until their new, baseball-only park was constructed. Best known as home of the NFL’s Washington Redskins from 1961-96 and still host to an MLS soccer team, D.C. United.
Municipal Stadium, Kansas City (1955-67, 1969-72) — The only baseball-specific stadium to serve a shorter major league tenure than Turner Field, the Athletics played there from 1955-67 after leaving Philadelphia. When the A’s moved on to Oakland, the expansion Royals took their place after a one-year absence and stayed four seasons until Royals Stadium opened in 1973. A much longer baseball history overall than the Ted, it opened in 1923 as a minor-league park and also hosted a famed Negro League team, the Kansas City Monarchs. The AFL/NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs called it home, as well, from 1963-71.
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami (1993-2011) — Known originally as Joe Robbie Stadium and built mainly for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, it was designed so minimal renovations would be needed for a conversion to baseball. The Marlins started in 1993, but the mammoth stadium proved to be a poor fit for baseball. The Marlins pressed for years to get a new park until a retractable-roof stadium opened in 2012.