Osborne Stadium

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Osborne Stadium
Osborne Stadium
Former namesBomber Stadium (1936-1937)
Location Winnipeg, Manitoba
Coordinates 49°53′01″N97°09′00″W / 49.8835057°N 97.1500182°W / 49.8835057; -97.1500182 Coordinates: 49°53′01″N97°09′00″W / 49.8835057°N 97.1500182°W / 49.8835057; -97.1500182
Owner The City Of Winnipeg
Capacity 7,800 (football)
5,000 (baseball)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Built1932
Opened1932
Closed1952
Demolished1956
Tenants
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) (1935-1952)

Osborne Stadium opened on May 19, 1932 featuring seating for 4,000 spectators. [1] [2] It was best known as the home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1935 until 1952. The stadium was modified to accommodate baseball in 1935, and became home to teams in various other local and regional baseball circuits.[ citation needed ]

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History

Located in a residential neighbourhood, the construction of Osborne Stadium required removal of existing houses in the area called West Broadway. It was located just west of the Manitoba Legislative Building (where the Great-West Life building currently stands) and was eventually enlarged to hold 7,800 fans. The stadium was named for the street it fronted, Osborne Street North. The Bombers moved to Winnipeg Stadium (later renamed Canad Inns Stadium) for the 1953 season and Osborne Stadium was later demolished.[ citation needed ]

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References

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  2. "Official Opening of Osborne Stadium This Evening". Winnipeg Free Press. May 19, 1932. p. 17.

Hamilton, John David; Dickie, Bonnie (1998). A Winnipeg Album: Glimpses of the Way We Were. p. 102. ISBN   978-0888822048