Chronological Tour: Stop 114

Bill Meyer Stadium

Exterior of Bill Meyer Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn., Aug-1997.

The park sits in a warehouse district.

Quick Facts: Rating: 2 baseballs
After the 1999 season, the Knoxville Smokies moved out of Knoxville, setting up shop at a brand-new park in Sevierville, 19 miles east on I-40 in Sevier County. (I visited Smokies Park 1-Aug-2000.) Some folks certainly got misty-eyed about losing Bill Meyer Stadium, but I wasnít one of them.

Oh, the park did have some charms, like a fully covered grandstand that keeps the patrons out of the sun during Sunday afternoon games and protected from the elements when the rain must fall.

What I saw here, though, was a park that just hadnít been kept up as well as it could have been. Whether this was a ploy by the club owners to get a new stadium, I donít know. But I found nothing particularly worth saving here.

Sure enough, Knoxville city officials announced in early 2003 that the 48-year-old stadium would face the wrecking ball in the spring. However, the field, which has been used since the 1920s and once hosted an exhibition by one of Babe Ruthís barnstorming teams, will remain intact. Todd Helton, a major league infielder from Knoxville, has made a donation to ensure the future of the field.

Game # Date League Level Result
268 Sun 10-Aug-1997 Southern AA KNOXVILLE 6, Chattanooga 3
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