- Hiram Bithorn Stadium
stadium_name = Hiram Bithorn Stadium
location = Hato Rey,
owner = Municipality of San Juan
operator = Municipality of San Juan
tenants = Santurce Crabbers (1933-2004, 2008-"current"),
LBPPR Atléticos de San Juan(2008-"current"), PRSL (Soccer) Academia Quintana(2008-"current"), PRSL (Soccer)
Montreal Expos(NL) ( 2003- 2004) San Juan Senators, LBPPR San Juan Metros, LBPPR
seating_capacity = 18,000
dimensions = Left Field - 325 ft / 99 m
Left-Center - 375 ft / 114 m
Center Field - 404 ft / 123 m
Right-Center - 375 ft / 114 m
Right Field - 325 ft / 99 m
Backstop - 60 ft / 18 m
The Hiram Bithorn Stadium ("Estadio Hiram Bithorn" in Spanish) is a
baseball stadiumin San Juan, Puerto Rico, operated by the municipal government of the city of San Juan. Its name honors the first Puerto Rican to play in the major leagues, Hiram Bithorn, who first played with the Chicago Cubsin 1942. Built in 1962 under the mayoral administration of Felisa Rincón de Gautier, replacing Sixto Escobar Stadiumthe stadium was home to the Santurce Crabbers and the San Juan Senators of the LBPPR.
The stadium hosted
Major League Baseball's Opening Day Game in 2001, in which the Toronto Blue Jaysfaced the Texas Rangers in an American Leaguematch-up. However, 4,000 who bought tickets were turned away when the police determined the safe capacity of the park had been vastly exceeded.
It was the object of a major overhaul under the mayoral administration of
Jorge Santini, before becoming the part-time home of the Montreal Exposof the National Leaguein 2003and 2004prior to their move to Washington, D.C.as the Washington Nationals. The Expos played 22 "home" games in each season as a result of poor attendance at their home Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Prior to Major League Baseball's announcement of the Montreal Expos move to Washington, Puerto Rico and San Juan made an effort to lure the Expos franchise to the island territory permanently.
event will be played here.
In 2008 it will serve as the stadium for
Atléticos de San Juanand Academia Quintana. Two soccer teams that will take part in the Puerto Rico Soccer League, Puerto Rico's first ever professional soccer league
The stadium has approximately 18,000 seats, with field dimensions of 325 feet (99 m) down the left field line, 325 feet (99 m) down the right field line and 404 feet (123 m) to center field. The fences are 8 feet (2.5 m) high.
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