Less than three decades old, Seals Stadium was demolished in late The ballpark land had been part of pioneer land plots of the "Home Plate Mine," which became an early nickname of the ballpark.
With two tenants, Seals Stadium was uniquly constructed with three dressing rooms. One dressing room was for the visiting team, and one for each of the minor league home teams. The stadium had six tower banks for lighting, which were described as the best in minor league baseball at the time. Opening with a capacity of 18,, Seals Stadium had no roof over the grandstands, because of San Francisco's little rainfall during the summertime and the fans' preference to sit in the sun.
In some years during its minor league days, a live seal was kept in a water tank underneath the grandstand. The field was oriented southeast, with the right field bleachers bounded by 16th Street. They played at the wooden Recreation Park , located at Valencia and 14th Street, before Seals Stadium was built for them.
They joined the Seals at Recreation Park. On March 13, , Seals Stadium officially opened with a spring training game between the Seals and the Detroit Tigers. Seals Stadium hosted other events. Fagan had all billboards removed and had the entire stadium painted green. The roof of the brewery contained a sign depicting an enormous foaming glass of beer that was lit up at night and was visible from inside the park.
Also nearby was the Langendorf Bakery, which sent the smell of baking bread into the ballpark. At the corner of 16th Street and Bryant was the Double Play bar and grill, which opened in and is still in operation today.
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It has been described as a "shrine to baseball. The Seals drew well at Seals Park. In they set a minor league attendance record, drawing , fans. This showcased the feasibility that San Francisco could someday sustain and support a Major League franchise and Fagan was posturing to position the Seals to become a major league franchise.
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The move was ill advised, as disgruntled fans brought their own peanuts and hurled the shells onto the field. The minor league franchise was relocated to Phoenix, Arizona in , becoming the Phoenix Giants. The major league owners approved the move under the condition that the Brooklyn Dodgers would also complete their intended move to Los Angeles.
Both teams moving to California together made sense for scheduling balance and travel.
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On August 19, , official announcement of the moves was made. A separate uncovered bleacher section was added in left field. The ballfield remained without a warning track. Given the temporary usage by the Giants, Seals Stadium was not renamed. Mays would go on to hit. Willie McCovey , another future Hall of Famer, then won the award in The Giants drew well at Seals Stadium. Finishing in , they drew 1,, fans. That increased to 1,, in , when the Giants finished Prevailing winds to left field aided right-handed hitters; of the 45 home runs hit in its first 19 major league games in , 36 were to left field.
At the time, its weather was thought to be considerably less favorable than the site of the park under construction at Candlestick Point. The final game at Seals Stadium took place on September 20, The Giants lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in front of 22, Many of the seats and the light towers were eventually repurposed at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington.
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