Jul 282013
 

Since the NFL’s founding in 1920, there hasn’t been a season in which the NFL and Major League Baseball didn’t share a stadium. But for the season second in row the two leagues will only share one stadium. The NFL’s Oakland Raiders and MLB’s Oakland Athletics share Oakland (O.co) Coliseum in Oakland, CA.

Posted below is a line chart that shows by season the number of pro football teams that have shared a stadium with a Major League Baseball team(s).

Following the line chart, there is a list of every instance of when a pro football and Major League Baseball team shared a stadium.

Yearly Breakdown on the # of Pro Football Teams That Have Shared Stadiums with MLB Teams

 

Every Instance of a Pro Football and Major League Baseball Team Sharing a Stadium

Note: In order for it to be counted as an instance of a shared stadium, both the pro football and Major League Baseball team needed to play the majority of their home games at the same stadium.

Stadium names have changed often throughout history. To be consistent the stadiums are listed with their most current/recognizable names.

Columns can be sorted by clicking on the titles in the header.

Year(s)StadiumPro Football TeamMajor League Baseball Team(s)
1980-1994Anaheim StadiumLos Angeles RamsCalifornia Angels
1968-1996AstrodomeHouston OilersHouston Astros
1966-1991ATL-Fulton Co. StadiumAtlanta FalconsAtlanta Braves
1933-1935Baker BowlPhiladelphia EaglesPhiladelphia Phillies
1954-1983Baltimore MemorialBaltimore ColtsBaltimore Orioles
1929Braves FieldBoston BulldogsBoston Braves
1932Braves FieldBoston Braves (Redskins)Boston Braves
1966-1987Busch MemorialSt. Louis CardinalsSt. Louis Cardinals
1995Busch MemorialSt. Louis RamsSt. Louis Cardinals
1961Candlestick ParkOakland RaidersSan Francisco Giants
1971-1999Candlestick ParkSan Francisco 49ersSan Francisco Giants
1940, 1942Cleveland MunicipalCleveland RamsCleveland Indians
1946-1993Cleveland MunicipalCleveland BrownsCleveland Indians
1922-1925Comiskey ParkChicago CardinalsChicago White Sox
1929-1930Comiskey ParkChicago CardinalsChicago White Sox
1940-1943Comiskey ParkChicago CardinalsChicago White Sox
1945-1958Comiskey ParkChicago CardinalsChicago White Sox
1933-1934Crosley FieldCincinnati RedsCincinnati Reds
1926Ebbets FieldBrooklyn LionsBrooklyn Dodgers
1930-1944Ebbets FieldBrooklyn Dodgers/TigersBrooklyn Dodgers
1946-1948Ebbets FieldBrooklyn Dodgers (AAFC)Brooklyn Dodgers
1933-1936Fenway ParkBoston RedskinsBoston Red Sox
1944, 1946-1948Fenway ParkBoston YanksBoston Red Sox
1945Fenway ParkBos/Bkn Yanks/TigersBoston Red Sox
1963-1968Fenway ParkBoston PatriotsBoston Red Sox
1933-1942Forbes FieldPittsburgh Steelers/PiratesPittsburgh Pirates
1944Forbes FieldCard-PittPittsburgh Pirates
1945-1957Forbes FieldPittsburgh SteelersPittsburgh Pirates
1959-1963Forbes FieldPittsburgh SteelersPittsburgh Pirates
1931Baker BowlFrankford Yellow JacketsPhiladelphia Phillies
1921Griffith StadiumWashington SenatorsWashington Senators
1937-1960Griffith StadiumWashington RedskinsWashington Senators
1963-1971Kansas City MunicipalKansas City ChiefsKansas City Athletics
1977-1998KingdomeSeattle SeahawksSeattle Mariners
1958-1961L.A. ColiseumLos Angeles RamsLos Angeles Dodgers
1960L.A. ColiseumLos Angeles ChargersLos Angeles Dodgers
1920-1921League ParkCleveland Tigers/IndiansCleveland Indians
1923-1925League ParkCleveland Indians/BulldogsCleveland Indians
1937-1938League ParkCleveland RamsCleveland Indians
1982-2009MetrodomeMinnesota VikingsMinnesota Twins
1961-1981Metropolitan StadiumMinnesota VikingsMinnesota Twins
1993-1994Mile High StadiumDenver BroncosColorado Rockies
1982Milwaukee Co. Stadium ¹Green Bay PackersMilwaukee Brewers
1968-1981Oakland ColiseumOakland RaidersOakland Athletics
1995-2013Oakland ColiseumOakland RaidersOakland Athletics
1921Polo GroundsNY Brickley GiantsNew York Yankees & New York Giants
1925-1955Polo GroundsNew York GiantsNew York Giants
1949Polo GroundsNew York BulldogsNew York Giants
1962-1963Polo GroundsNew York Jets/TitansNew York Mets
1969-2003Qualcomm StadiumSan Diego ChargersSan Diego Padres
1962-1971RFK StadiumWashington RedskinsWashington Senators
1970-1999Riverfront StadiumCincinnati BengalsCincinnati Reds
1964-1973Shea StadiumNew York JetsNew York Mets
1974-1975Shea StadiumNew York JetsNew York Mets & New York Yankees
1975Shea StadiumNew York GiantsNew York Mets & New York Yankees
1976-1983Shea StadiumNew York JetsNew York Mets
1940-1942Shibe ParkPhiladelphia EaglesPhiladelphia Athletics & Phi. Phillies
1943Shibe ParkPhil-PittPhiladelphia Athletics & Phi. Phillies
1944-1954Shibe ParkPhiladelphia EaglesPhiladelphia Athletics & Phi. Phillies
1955-1957Shibe ParkPhiladelphia EaglesPhiladelphia Phillies
1923Sportsman's ParkSt. Louis All-StarsSt. Louis Browns & St. Louis Cardinals
1934Sportsman's ParkSt. Louis GunnersSt. Louis Browns & St. Louis Cardinals
1960-1965Sportsman's ParkSt. Louis CardinalsSt. Louis Cardinals
1993-2011Sun Life StadiumMiami DolphinsFlorida Marlins
1971-2000Three Rivers StadiumPittsburgh SteelersPittsburgh Pirates
1921Tiger StadiumDetroit TigersDetroit Tigers
1925-1926Tiger StadiumDetroit PanthersDetroit Tigers
1938-1939Tiger StadiumDetroit LionsDetroit Tigers
1941-1974Tiger StadiumDetroit LionsDetroit Tigers
1971-2002Veterans StadiumPhiladelphia EaglesPhiladelphia Phillies
1920Wrigley FieldChicago TigersChicago Cubs
1921-1970Wrigley FieldChicago Bears/StaleysChicago Cubs
1931-1939Wrigley FieldChicago CardinalsChicago Cubs
1927-1928Yankee Stadium INew York Yankees INew York Yankees
1946-1949Yankee Stadium INew York Yankees II (AAFC)New York Yankees
1950-1951Yankee Stadium INew York YanksNew York Yankees
1956-1972Yankee Stadium INew York GiantsNew York Yankees

 

¹ In 1982, the Green Bay Packers played the majority of their home games at Milwaukee County Stadium due to cancelled games from an NFL players strike.

 

Additional Info

  • Greatest Number of Pro Football Teams Sharing Stadiums with MLB Teams: In 1971, 17 of the NFL’s 26 teams shared a stadium with a MLB team.
  • Highest Percentage of Pro Football Teams Sharing Stadiums with MLB Teams: In 1940 and again in 1942, 9 of the NFL’s 10 teams (90%) shared a stadium with a MLB team.

 

  • Greatest Number of Seasons a Pro Football Team Has Shared Stadiums with MLB: For 62 seasons the Arizona Cardinals’ franchise shared a stadium with a MLB team.
Rk Franchise # of Seasons
1 Cardinals 62
2 Steelers 60 ¹
3 Eagles 53
4 Bears 50 ²
5t Giants 49
5t Vikings 49
7 Browns 48
8 Redskins 39
9 Lions 37
10 Chargers 36

 

¹ The Steelers shared a stadium with MLB’s Pittsburgh Pirates for all but one of the seasons listed. It’s the most seasons that the same pro football/MLB pair shared stadiums. Note: In 1943, the Steelers merged with the Philadelphia Eagles. The majority of their home games were played at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, but two home games were played at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

² For all of the seasons listed, the Bears shared Wrigley Field with MLB’s Chicago Cubs. It’s the most seasons that the same pro football and MLB team shared a single stadium.

 

  • There are only eight current NFL franchises that have never shared a stadium with MLB. The Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

 

  • Greatest Number of Seasons a Stadium Hosted Both Pro Football and MLB: For 51 (60 combined) NFL seasons, Wrigley Field was the home stadium of MLB’s Chicago Cubs and three NFL teams; the Chicago Tigers (1920), Chicago Bears (1921-1970), and Chicago Cardinals (1931-1939).
    • For 49 seasons, Cleveland Municipal Stadium was the home stadium of the Cleveland Indians, and two NFL/AAFC teams; the Cleveland Rams (1940) and Cleveland Browns (1946-1993).
  • Greatest Number of Different Stadiums Shared with MLB: The Rams franchise has shared five different stadiums with MLB teams: Anaheim Stadium (California Angels), Busch Memorial (St. Louis Cardinals), Cleveland Municipal (Cleveland Indians), L.A. Coliseum (Los Angeles Dodgers), and League Park (Cleveland Indians).

 

  • Four stadiums have been the home to two pro football teams while they were also the home to a MLB team(s).
Stadium Season(s) Pro Football Teams MLB Team
Wrigley Field 1931-1939 Chicago Cardinals & Chicago Bears Chicago Cubs
Polo Grounds 1949 N.Y. Bulldogs & N.Y. Giants N.Y. Giants
L.A. Coliseum 1960 L.A. Chargers (AFL) & L.A. Rams (NFL) L.A. Dodgers
Shea Stadium 1975 N.Y. Giants & N.Y. Jets N.Y. Mets and N.Y. Yankees

 

  • Wrigley Field (then known as Cubs Park) was the first MLB stadium to host an official NFL game. On October 10, 1920, the Chicago Tigers hosted the Chicago Cardinals in a game that ended in a scoreless tie. On the same date the Detroit Heralds played a non-NFL opponent, the Cleveland Panthers, in Tiger Stadium (then known as Navin Field).

 

Sources: The Pro Football Archives, Baseball-Reference.com, Arizona Cardinals Media Guide, St. Louis Rams Media Guide, Official Detroit Tigers WebsiteChicago Tribune (4/21/1941 ProQuest ID 176312281)

 

  2 Responses to “Stadiums Pro Football and Major League Baseball Have Shared”

  1. The jays share a field with the argos

    • You’re correct. However, the scope of the article only covers the NFL, AAFC, and AFL; all pro football leagues that I would consider “major”.

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