February 6, 2012

Past Venue: Ebbets Field

New York, NY (Brooklyn)



Year opened: 1913
Capacity: 32,000, up from 25,000 at opening.

Names:
Ebbets Field, 1913-60

Pro football tenants:
Brooklyn Lions (NFL), 1926
Brooklyn Dodgers/Tigers (NFL), 1930-44
Brooklyn Dodgers (AAFC), 1946-48

Postseason games hosted:
None

Other tenants of note:
Brooklyn Dodgers (MLB – NL), 1913-57
Manhattan College (college football), 1932-37
Brooklyn Eagles (baseball Negro leagues), 1935
Long Island University (college football), 1939-40
Long Island University (college baseball), 1959

Notes: Hosted one home game of APFA New York Brickley Giants, 1921. Designated to be home field for AFL Brooklyn Tigers (1936), but the only home game was switched to Yankee Stadium before franchise was shifted to Rochester. Site of first televised pro football game, Brooklyn Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1939. Stadium was owned by MLB Dodgers and named for Charlie Ebbets, the club’s owner at the time of construction. Venue was originally constructed without a press box, which was added in 1929. Frequently hosted college and high school football games until 1953, when MLB Dodgers ended the practice because damage to the field was outpacing rental income. Also hosted soccer matches, track & field, and boxing.

Fate: Demolished in 1960 and replaced by apartment buildings (Ebbets Field Apartments).