MUSIC - Frontiers by Journey
Photograohed in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2005 using film.
MacArthur Stadium "Big Mac" - Opened in 1934 and demolished in 1997. The site is now a parking lot for Alliance Bank Stadium. Location - E. Hiawatha Blvd. Syracuse, New York. Known as Municipal Stadium 1934 - 1942, MacArthur Stadium 1942 - 1997.
Alliance Bank Stadium - Opened in 1997. Location - 1 Tex Simone Dr. Syracuse, New York. Known as P&C Stadium 1997 - 2005, Alliance Bank Stadium 2005 - present.
Oncenter War Memorial - Opened in 1951 and still in use. Location 800 S. State Street Syracuse, New York. Known as Onondaga War Memorial 1951 - 2008, War Memorial at Oncenter 2008 - present.
MacArthur Stadium was the former home for the Syracuse Chiefs of the International league. For 62 glorious summers, the people of Syracuse watched their beloved Chiefs battle the best players in the International league. It was cozy and comfortable, like an old sweatshirt. MacArthur stadium had its day in the sun.
MacArthur stadium was built in 1934 and was used by the Boston Red Sox as their AAA affiliate. Syracuse was also home to triple A teams for Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Minnesota, the Yankees and most recently the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays have had their AAA team there since the 1978 season.
MacArthur has seen its share of great players coming up. Starting with Denny McLain, to Thurman Munson, Ron Guidry, Fred McGriff, Vernon Wells, Roy Halliday, and Carlos Delgado. The Chiefs have won 8 governors cups, depicting the champions of the International league. Their last win was in 1976 when they defeated the Richmond Braves
MacArthur stadium was located on Hiawatha Blvd. E and Tex Simone Dr., just north east of downtown Syracuse. MacArthur was an old fashion ballpark. No frills, no exploding scoreboards, no unnecessary nonsense. It looked like something out of Bull Durham. You can almost picture Crash Davis walking out to talk to Nuke LaLoosh about "not thinking, it can only hurt the team." It was a single deck stadium with wooden advertising on the outfield walls.
Heavy winter snows had taken its toll on the park. It was in need of major repairs. Rust was everywhere. It was a relic and doomed to the wreckers ball. In 1996 the end finally came. That was the final year for MacArthur stadium. The following season, the Chiefs moved across the parking lot to the brand new Alliance bank stadium. MacArthur stadium was demolished in 1997. It is now part of the new parks parking lot. No marker has been placed anywhere to let people know about the legacy of old MacArthur stadium.
The Onondaga War Memorial is a small arena in downtown Syracuse. It's location is at the corner of State Street and Harrison Street. It is now known as the War Memorial at Onecenter. Built in 1951, it featured the first ever poured in place concrete roof in the United States.
Its first major tenant was the Syracuse Nationals of the NBA. The team played in Syracuse for 14 seasons and made the playoffs every year. The Nats won the cities only pro championship in 1955. After the 1963 season, the team was sold and moved to Philadelphia to become the 76ers.
Hockey has been king at Onondaga for most of its life. Several teams have called the Onondaga home. The latest team is the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.
After 57 years, the War Memorial is still going strong. It's small and suits Syracuse well.
MacArthur stadium in the snow. 1/96
Map showing MacArthur Stadium site. Photo from internet.
MacArthur stadium in summer. 7/94
The clubhouse for the Chiefs is the building to the left of the picture. 7/94
A shot from the parking lot. This is also where the new park will be built. 7/94
From in back of the right field wall. 7/94
The main concourse. It wasn't fancy, 7/94
Another view of MacArthur stadium, or Big Mac, as it was called by the locals. 10/95
You can see over the bleachers down the left field line, the new park rising from the ground. 10/95
The broadcast booth and press box on the roof. 10/95
The dugout of the Chiefs. Kind of a half shell roof. 10/95
The water logged visitors dugout, with the astroturf in front. 10/95
A view of the clubhouse for the Chiefs. 10/95
The entrance to the clubhouse. 10/95
The main concourse down the first base line. 10/95
Big Mac with a mantle of white on a bitter cold January day. 1/96
The sunset season for MacArthur stadium is beginning in 4 months. 1/96
You can see the rust on the seats as well as the railings. 1/96
The main concourse with the Chiefs offices in the background. 1/96
Snow fills the dugouts now, but soon players will be filing in for the last season of Big Mac. 1/96
The visitors dugout with about 6 inches of fresh snow. 1/96
Big Mac sits in white, waiting for the final spring and summer of her life. Soon the wreckers ball will replace a baseball, and bring MacArthur stadium down for good. Towards the end, MacArthur stadium was a rust bucket. Time had finally caught up with her. Her day in the sun was a long one. Now nothing is left but memories. 1/96
As you can see, nothing is left of MacArthur stadium. Just a huge plot of blacktop. For 62 years players roamed the green grass of her outfield. Now, the only roaming is by autos looking for a place to park. I wonder if the youngsters of Syracuse realize what was on this plot of blacktop? 6/05
The new park, Alliance bank stadium, is going up behind the left field stands of MacArthur stadium. 10/95
The same shot 3 months later. The main concourse has been poured and soon the rest of the park will begin to take shape. 1/96
Alliance bank stadium has replaced the hulking relic of MacArthur stadium. It has all the modern conveniences of a new park. Some say its antiseptic in a way, and it will never match Big Mac for charm. The king is dead, long live the king. 6/05
Map of the Syracuse War Memorial. It is in between Madison, Harrison and State Streets.
The Onondaga War Memorial arena in downtown Syracuse. 7/94
The inside of the war memorial. It was the first home to the Syracuse Nats of the NBA. The Nats fled Syracuse in 1963 for Philadelphia. No other pro sports team has replaced them in Syracuse. 7/94