Peninsula War Memorial Stadium
Home plate entrance to Peninsula War Memorial Stadium, Sep-2012.
A look in at the seating bowl from a scoreboard stanchion beyond left field.
A view from beyond first base toward the scoreboard.
- Location: Kentucky Street off Pembroke Avenue, Hampton, Va.
- Opened: 1948
- Home teams: Newport News Dodgers, Piedmont League (1948-57); Peninsula Senators (1963), Grays (1964-68), Astros (1969), Phillies (1970-71), Pennants (1974), Pilots (1976-85, 1989-92), White Sox (1986-87), Virginia Generals (1988), Carolina League; Peninsula Whips (1972-73), International League; Apprentice School Builders, USCAA
- Capacity: 4,875
Peninsula War Memorial Stadium began its life as the home of the Newport News Dodgers, who used the name of the adjacent and surrounding city rather than that of its actual home, in Hampton. Subsequent teams to play here used the “Peninsula” appellation, with the exception of a 1988 club that called itself the Virginia Generals. Most of those seasons from 1963 to 1992 were in the Carolina League, with the exception of two years when an International League team provided a natural rival for the Tidewater Tides, playing across Hampton Roads at Metropolitan Memorial Park in Norfolk.
With the stadium still in decent shape despite not hosting a professional team, the Coastal Plain League, a college summer league, came in and picked up the Pilots name that had been used by most of the pro teams at the park since 1976.
I was not able to get into Peninsula War Memorial Stadium on my 2012 visit.
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