Time Runs Out On Reno's Moana Stadium


Moana Stadium

RENO, NV - Even in its prime Moana Stadium, may not have been a Field of Dreams, but the old park served the community for 50 years.

And dreams were launched there.

Beginning in 1947, Moana hosted a Single-A farm team, the Silver Sox, which began as a New York Giants affiliate, and over the years other teams including the Dodgers, Indians, Padres and Twins sent young prospects to play here.

Dodger greats like Willie Davis and Jim Levfebre played here. Duane Kuiper, Dennis Eckersley, and Roberto Alomar followed in various uniforms.

But as the park aged, major league organizations wanted improvements. The city didn't deliver. The Silver Sox went south.

In recent years it has been used by independent and semi-pro teams as well as youth and adult leagues.

This past season, the city turned off the sprinklers and locked it up. Things had just gone too far.

The teams that used the park maintained it. They're gone and the city hasn't the money to do the job or replace it.

The land will someday be used again for recreation. The city and a local aquatics group are planning a multi-pool complex to replace the closed Moana Pool next door.

Those plans will remain just that until better times allow funding.

In the meantime the old park will stand quiet and hold its memories.

Despite its shortcomings, splinteredd bleachers, frosty, windy April openings among them, the park still hold fond memories for many.

One longtime Reno sports figure who played and umpired there told us he couldn't bring himself to go there or even to watch our story.

"I want to remember it as it once was."

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