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History of Municipal Stadium

 

Historic Municipal Stadium in downtown Hagerstown, Maryland is one of the three oldest stadiums in all of Minor League Baseball.

From 1915 to 1929, Hagerstown's Minor League Baseball teams played at Willow Lane Park, located just blocks away from today's Municipal Stadium at the current site of Bester Elementary School.

When the city of Hagerstown chose to relocate the stadium, the Field and Athletic Association was created to find land for a new ballpark. The organization struck a deal with the city, leasing a tract of land for 99 years at one dollar per year. Municipal Stadium was quickly constructed on that land in just six weeks and opened on May 8, 1930.

Municipal Stadium has undergone multiple renovations to update the facilities. After a 26-year absence of Minor League Baseball in Hagerstown, the city invested more than a half-million dollars in 1981 for a stadium overhaul that included a public address system, new stadium lights, underground electricity wiring, and new bleachers.

In 1995, another half-million dollars worth of improvements included new chair-back seats, a VIP section with cup-holders, and the addition of Sunset Bar and Grill. The playing surface was renovated following the 2010 season and a state-of-the-art video board added to the fan experience in 2011.

Following the 2016 season, the city of Hagerstown and Washington Nationals committed to keeping the Suns in their hometown through 2018. This led to another six-figure stadium renovation that included a brand new infield, updated outfield wall padding, protective netting around both dugouts, new bathrooms for fans, and environmentally-friendly LED lighting throughout Municipal Stadium.