Spar Stadium Pt. 1, Shreveport Louisiana
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MUSIC - Dreamwalk by Peter White

Photographed in 1989, 1992, 1994 and 1997 using film.

Spar Stadium - Opened in 1935, closed in 1985. Park grandstands were demolished and site is now used for community baseball.

Known as Texas League Park 1938 - 1942, Gassers Park 1943 - 1946, Texas League Park 1946 - 1957, Bonneau Peters Field 1968, Braves Field 1968 - 1970, Spar Stadium 1971 - 1985. The park is now known as Galilee Stewart-Belle Stadium.

Location - At the soutwest corner of Dove St. and Sycamore Ave., in Caddo Parrish, Shreveport, Louisiana.

If you want to find the ruins of old Spar Stadium, just head to the corner of Sycamore Avenue, Dove Street, Park Avenue and Gary Street in Shreveport Louisiana. The original park has been mostly demolished, but rebuilt it as a community baseball field.
Built back in 1935, the park began its life as Gassers park. Babe Ruth and the Yankees barnstormed here when they were heading up to New York after spring training. The park was used for minor league ball all during its existence. The ballpark was host to the Southern league from 1959 to 1961. The Texas league Shreveport Captains used the renamed Spar stadium from 1972-1985. In the last few years at Spar, the Captains were the AA team for the San Francisco Giants. Over the last years of its life, the park was falling apart. The upper seating bowl had been condemned and the roof had been removed. After the 85 season, the team moved to Fairgrounds field, next door to Independence stadium. Spar stadium continued to rot in the hot humid Louisiana summers.

My first visit was in 1988 and as you can see from the photos, Spar was pretty much decrepit. Not much was left, the clubhouses and offices were in ruins. The beer garden tables in right field were overgrown with weeds. In the late 90's, the City of Shreveport put the park out of its misery. It was finally demolished, but the field remained. Permanent stands were rebuilt and it is now used for High School and other league baseball.
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Map showing where Spar Stadium is.


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These next 4 photos are courtesy of my friend Steve who sent them to me. He worked for the Captains at one time. This was Spar stadium while it was in use... but the upper seating area and pressbox had been condemned.


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The upper seating area and pressbox... the upper seating area had been condemned.


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Spar stadium near the end of its life.


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Pretty rough (by today's standards) infield at Spar stadium.


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Spar stadium from the air just about the time it opened. Photo courtesy of Steve.


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An aerial shot from the 40's of Spar stadium. Photo courtesy of Steve.


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The old beer gardens sit rotting in the hot humid Louisiana summer.


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