20 Fun Facts About Municipal Stadium In Kansas City, Missouri

Municipal Stadium in Kansas City was a true historical site that saw a great deal of important sporting moments during its lifetime. For more than half a century, it was home to the biggest professional sports that the city had to offer. Even though it is gone now, it is still remembered fondly by sports fans from there and those lucky enough to have experienced it too.

Here is a look back at some fun facts about Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium.

    -Municipal Stadium was home to the Kansas City Chiefs from 1963 to 1971.

    -A team that went by both the Kansas City Blues and Kansas City Cowboys played in Municipal Stadium while in the National Football League from 1924 to 1926.

    -From 1955 to 1967, Municipal Stadium was home to the Kansas City Athletics who would go on to move to Oakland.

    -The famous Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues called the stadium home from 1923 to 1931 and then again from 1937 to 1954.

    -The Kansas City Royals played there from 1969 to 1972.

    -From 1923 to 1954, the American Association’s Kansas City Blues baseball team played their home games at Municipal Stadium.

    -Municipal Stadium was even a professional soccer field when the Kansas City Spurs played there from 1968 to 1970.

    -Prior to the 1955 baseball season when the Kansas City Athletics came to town, almost the entire stadium was demolished and rebuilt.

    -From 1923 to 1937, the stadium was known as Muehlebach Field. It was then Ruppert Stadium from 1937 to 1943. It would go by the name of Blues Stadium from 1943 to 1954, before finally going by Municipal Stadium from 1955 on.

    -The address of Municipal Stadium was 22nd Street and Brooklyn Avenue.

    -In 1924, the first Negro League World Series game was played at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium.

    -The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is located just a few city blocks from where the stadium once stood.

    -The reason for the renaming of the stadium to Ruppert Stadium in 1937 was that the Yankees had just purchased the Kansas City Blues as a minor league team and the owner of the Yankees at the time was Colonel Jacob Ruppert.

    -In 1955, when Major League Baseball’s Athletics moved to Kansas City and into Municipal Stadium, the stadium was without a big league caliber scoreboard. The scoreboard from Braves Field in Boston, where the Boston Braves had played up until 1952, was purchased and relocated to Kansas City.

    -In the early 1960s, the Athletics kept a small zoo filled with goats and sheep behind the right field fence. Fans could picnic there and everyone laughed as the animals would scurry away from home runs hit over the wall.

    -Municipal Stadium hosted the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 1960.

    -During their first tour of the United States, the Beatles would play a concert in Municipal Stadium on September 17th, 1964.

    -During the years in which the Kansas City Chiefs called Municipal Stadium home, both they and their opponents both had their team benches on the same side of the field.

    -The final pro football game played at Municipal Stadium was a double overtime loss by the Chiefs to the Miami Dolphins on December 25th, 1971. This was not only the only playoff game ever played there, but it would also go down as the longest game in NFL history.

    -Municipal Stadium was demolished in 1976, approximately four years after the Chiefs moved into Arrowhead Stadium and the Royals moved into Royals Stadium (now known as Kaufman Stadium).

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