Exhibition Stadium

First and Figures

Status: Demolished 

Address: Lake Shore Drive

Capacity: 43,737

Cost to construct: $2 Million; $17 Million renovations 

Architect: N/A 

Owner:  City of Toronto

Former Naming: Canadian National Exhibition Stadium


The Field

Playing Surface: Turf

Defining Feature: Odd shape, no seating in right field

Dimensions (ft) Initial distance in parenthesis

Left Field: 330

Left Center: 375

Center Field:  410

Right Center: 375

Right Field: 330


Opening Day and Firsts

Opening Date: April 7, 1977

Opponent: Chicago White Sox

Results:  Blue Jays 9 White Sox 5

Attendance:  44,649

First Hit: Riche Zisk (homerun, White Sox)

Winning Pitcher: Jerry Koosman

Losing Pitcher: Ken Brett


Umpires: Nestor Chylak, Joe Brinkman, Rich Garcia, Steve Palermo

Managers: Roy Hartsfield, Blue Jays; Bob Lemon, White Sox

Starting Pitchers: Bill Singer, Blue Jays; Ken Brett, White Sox

Ceremonial Pitch Ten children



Hosted Events

World Series: none

All Star Games: none

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