World War Memorial Stadium
Â Â Â Opened in 1926, World War Memorial Stadium is one of the oldest parks still in use. It is home to the Greensboro Bats, the class-A South Atlantic League affliate to the Florida Marlins. I just read a new stadium got approved so if you're a ballpark collector and haven't hit World War Memorial Stadium do so soon.
Â Â Â Well, it's old. And the facade is beautiful. The moniker is interesting too, named in reference to the 1914-18 conflaguration and before anyone imagined the world would go through another world war.
Â Â Â The sightlines are pretty bad. The facility was orginally intended for football and track, thus the "J" shaped configuration. This is the view from my first-row seat... taken while standing up. The chain link fence, rusty poles and dugouts block a considerable portion of my view.
Â Â Â The stadium was very hard to find from the main interstate and is located far from downtown. The road to the park went through a dodgey area and I witnessed a lot of open drug dealing on my way in. The parking lot was attended, but break-ins aren't the major worry. The main lot was located right next to the park, just beyond right field and I saw at least three piles of glass from broken windshields.
"The Final Word"
Â Â Â Now, if you've seen my other ballpark travelogues you'll know I'm a huge fan of the old stadiums, but this is one instance where I think a new facility is needed. Hopefully the city of Greensboro will have the prudence to preserve the wonderful facade as a tribute to war veterans.