|Teams: Seattle Rainiers, Seattle Pilots||Opening Day: June 15, 1938|
|First MLB Game: April 11, 1969||Last MLB Game: October 2, 1969|
|Demolished: 1979||Capacity: 11,000 (1938) 25,420 (June 1969)|
|Dimensions: LF 325 CF 400 RF 325 (1938) LF 305 CF 402 RF 325 (1969)|
The Seattle Rainiers moved into Sick's Stadium, after being in exile from the parcel, in 1938. The teak played on that site's Dugdale Park from 1913 until 1932, when the park burned down due to a Independence Day celebration gone bad. The Rainiers played at a converted football field at Seattle Center, Memorial Stadium, until they could move back. The park was named after Emil Sick, owner of the team and the Rainier Brewing Company.
In 1969, the American League expanded, adding the Seattle Pilots. The agreement was made to expand the stadium to accommodate 30,000 people until a new facility could be built. Due to cost overruns and poor weather, the stadium only had 17,000 seats opening day and barely had a scoreboard. The capacity was expanded to 25,000 by June, but many of the seats had obstructed views. The facility, and plumbing, was second class, as there was no water pressure after the 7th inning. The Pilots drew only 678,000 fans over the course of the season, which forced the team into bankruptcy. The team was moved to Milwaukee and renamed the Brewers for the 1970 season.
From 1972 to 1976, the Class A Seattle Rainiers of the Northwest League called this park home. This park was demolished in 1979 and is now a Lowe's store.
The above plaque says: "BATTER UP! You are standing on the former site of Sicks' Seattle Stadium: home of the Seattle Rainiers and the Seattle Pilots. If the year were 1942, you'd be in perfect position to knock one out of the park."
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