OPENING DAY at No Name Stadium is April 6, 1992, and the team and the town are going to have to go some if they want to better the show Baltimore mounted for the "new" Memorial Stadium in 1954.
That "new" needs some explaining. In 1954 the team wasn't new. The old St. Louis Browns became the Baltimore Orioles, but the stadium was a $6 million redo of what was once, tracing its beginnings to 1922, Municipal Stadium. The Baltimore Orioles of the International League played there following the 1944 fire that burned down their home, Oriole Park at Greenmount and 29th. Municipal/Memorial Stadium had been gussied up in a major-league way for Baltimore's major-league team.
To the Spartan, horseshoe-shaped Municipal Stadium, which had been designed for football (Navy played Notre Dame there), were added the upper deck, 20,000-plus additional seats, many chair-back seats to take the place of traditional wooden benches, the mezzanine, a new administration building, light towers and a new facade on 33rd Street. George Weiss, then vice president of the powerhouse Yankee organization who visited the place a week before opening day, said, "I'm surprised with its vastness, and I'm pleased with its overall design for playing and watching. I just hope it'll be ready for opening day."