||Municipal Stadium is constructed in seven months. It holds
80,000 people for a 1924 Army-Navy game. The stadium cost: $458,000.
||Three groups vie to bring a Major League football team to
|July 4, 1944
||Oriole Park, home of the minor league Orioles, burns. The team
moves to Municipal Stadium.
|May 2, 1945
||Aviation pioneer Glenn L. Martin champions an innovative
baseball-football stadium designed by architect E. Russell Marks that
would have movable seating and a "light metal roof supported by air
|Nov. 26, 1946
||The Baltimore City Council adopts a resolution supporting bond
money for the new stadium.
|Aug. 8, 1948
||Mayor Tommy D'Alessandro presents a model of the new stadium, sans
roof. The illness and subsequent death of Baltimore native Babe Ruth leads the park board to
name the stadium after him.
||"Gold Star Mothers of Baltimore" - who had lost
sons and daughters in World War II - condemn the park board for not adopting the
name "Memorial Stadium."
||The board resolves to adopt the name "Memorial
Stadium." A 116-foot-tall facade will
be placed in front of the stadium to
||Construction begins on what would become the first in a
generation of multipurpose stadiums built around the country. Cost: $6
|Sept. 27, 1953
||The stadium hosts its first event, as the NFL Colts upset the Chicago
|April 15, 1954
||Memorial Stadium officially opens. Major League
baseball is back in Baltimore for the first time since the 19th
||The "World's Largest Automatic Scoreboard" is installed
at a cost of $172,000.
||The NFL Colts win a second straight world championship, one year
after winning the "Greatest Game Ever Played" in overtime against
the New York Giants.
||The Orioles win their first world championship since 1897, sweeping
the Los Angeles Dodgers.
||Orioles and Colts owners press for a new stadium.
|Jan. 17, 1971
||The Colts defeat the Dallas Cowboys, 16-13, in Super Bowl V.
||A domed stadium is proposed for Camden Yards.
||The Orioles win a third World Series title against the the Philadelphia
|March 29, 1984
||The Colts depart for Indianapolis.
||The last Orioles game is played at Memorial Stadium. The team moves
across town to
Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
||The NFL Ravens (formerly the Cleveland Browns) play at Memorial
Stadium. The team moves to PSINet Stadium at Camden Yards for the '98 season.
||Memorial Stadium demolition begins. The stadium is
scheduled to be destroyed by September to make way for Stadium Place,
billed as an affordable retirement community.