Our Stadium

Our-Stadium

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White Center Stadium was built in the Summer of 1940 and would soon become the center of the communities entertainment. The full wooden stadium held upwards of 2,000 people on Friday and Saturday nights, usually overflowing with people down the left and right field lines.

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Astroland Playground

Kids would attend the games, running in and out of the stadium. Inside they would watch their hero’s, and outside they would play on the small field two, in the shadow of the lights from the main stadium. They would ask their parents for money to get something from the snack shack and would watch baseball day and night during the summer months. When not watching or playing baseball, kids would play on the playground outside the left field fence, known as “Astroland”.

Late one night in the 1970’s White Center Stadium caught fire, black smoke could be seen from miles away. The local fire department responded but it was too late. The flames engulfed the beloved stadium, and all they could do was drive out on to the infield and open the hoses to put the fire out.

After the fire, community baseball became somewhat of a memory at White Center Stadium. The stadium was rebuilt, this time with concrete and metal bleachers, and the stadium now seats around 1,200 people. Baseball was never the same in the area, teams would still use the stadium but it was never packed like it had been. The stadium was on the decline with little to no maintenance or improvements to the field for twenty plus years.

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The rebuilt concrete stadium in the 1980’s

In 2008, King County Parks, Seattle Prep High School, King County Sheriffs and the Puget Sound Senior Baseball League, Seattle Mariners, along with many other groups and volunteers organized a remodel of the field. They dedicated the park to long time community leader and slain officer Steve Cox.

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Today the stadium is used by Seattle Prep High School, South West Little League, select baseball programs, and the PSSBL to name a few. The Highline Bears brought back semi-pro baseball to the community in the summer of 2015.  Drawing average crowds between 250-400 fans with attendance nearing 600 on Friday and Saturday evenings. They hope to work with other user groups and remodel/update other parts of the field in the next few years as they continue to grow their reach within the community.

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Map of Mel Olson Stadium