"Well, folks, that's the greatest opening in the history of television, bar none… We're still here. We are still, as (far as) we can tell, on the air and I guess you are hearing us even though we have no picture and no return audio. And we will be back, we hope, from San Francisco in just a moment."
--Al Michaels, broadcasting the pregame during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake
Today named Stade Uniprix, Jarry Park (Le Parc Jarry) was
a Montreal baseball stadium and home to the Montreal Expos; Major League
Baseball's first Canadian franchise from 1969-1976.
Royals (IL, 1928-1960)
Expos (MLB, 1969-1976)
Field - 340 ft
Left-Center - 368 ft
Center Field - 417 ft; 420 (1974-)
Right-Center - 368 ft
Right Field - 340 ft
Backstop - 62 ft
It served as a temporary home until a domed stadium could be built. The
decision was made to convert the 3,000 seat baseball stadium in the North
End (Villeray) into a nearly 30,000 seat venue. National League president
Warren Giles was promised a covered stadium by city officials for 1972.
The franchise left Montreal after the 2004 season without ever playing
their home games in such a stadium.
The stadium consisted of a single unroofed grandstand stretching from
the left-field foul pole to the right-field foul pole and a large bleacher
stand in left field. Beyond right field was a swimming pool in the city
park, which long home runs occasionally were hit into. The element was
later replicated in Bank
to Jarry Park!
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The stadium was rather sparse, given that it was intended to be only a
temporary home - though it took far longer to build the Olympic
Stadium than was initially anticipated, so much so that there was talk
of moving the franchise - and the stadium was very open to the elements,
which was a particular problem at the beginning and end of the season.
The stadium was used for various civic events in the years after the
Expos moved out. It was gradually converted into a tennis stadium, with
one corner of the court located at the old backstop. The stadium was
renamed du Maurier Stadium in 1987. It has since been renamed Uniprix
Stadium (Stade Uniprix).
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