Music - Take 'em out by .38 Special
Photographed in 1995 using film.
Pompano Beach Municipal Stadium - Opened in 1957 and demolished in 2008. Hurricane Andrew came along in 1992 and pretty much did major damage to the stadium. Other Florida hurricanes and tropical storms finished the job. After heavy damage to the grandstands and fences, much of the stadium was demolished. The field where Ted Williams managed in spring training for the Washington Senators is still in use. As are the practice fields. The stadium is without major grandstand seating. The city of Pompano Beach rebuilt the site with baseball fields and the area is now used by youth and high school teams.
Location - 18 Avenue at 8 Street Northeast Pompano Beach, Florida
Before Hurricane Andrew came along and pretty much wiped out the stadium, it was used as a spring training and Florida State league playing site. Built in 1957, the stadium first was used by the old Washington Senators as their spring training site. They were there from their inception in 1961 thru 1971. This Senators team was the expansion Senators of 1961. After they moved to become the Texas Rangers, they still used Pompano Beach Stadium as a spring training site. They stayed here from 1972 till the end of spring training in 1986. The field was also used by the Pompano Beach Mets of the FLS from 1969 thru 1973. Then later by the Pompano Beach Cubs, also of the FSL. The Cubs were there for two seasons from 1976 thru 1987. Pompano Beach stadium had one shot at glory if you will. In 1989 the Senior Professional Baseball Association was launched and Pompano Beach had a team. They were known as the Gold Coast Suns. Earl Weaver was the manager, and his two main players were Bert "Campy" Campaneris and Joaquin Andujar. The team divided their "home" games between Pompano Beach Muni. and Bobby Maduro - Miami Stadium. The team and league basically lasted one season before folding. An irony here is that both Pompano Beach Muni and Bobby Maduro stadium were heavily damaged by that bastard of a storm called Andrew. And both were eventually torn down because of the damage the hurricane did.
Welcome to Pompano Beach Muni. Hard to believe teams held spring training here. Meaning it was bare bones and no frills.
The Senators / Rangers dugout if you will. The white door leads back into the clubhouse.
The roofed grandstand towards the center of the photo is the only thing that remains. Everything else including behind home plate have been demolished.
This would have been the clubhouse under the first base stands.