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Updated May 20, 2014 - 9:59 pm

ASU baseball says goodbye to Packard Stadium

(Photo: Jim Cross/KTAR)

The lights dim for good Tuesday night at Arizona State University's Packard Stadium.

After 40 years of use by ASU baseball, the stadium will be demolished. Future ASU Baseball teams will call Phoenix Municipal Stadium their new home.

ASU Baseball legend Floyd Bannister sat in the dugout at Packard Stadium on opening day in 1974. It was the first game ever played at the field.

Bannister recalled fond memories playing at Packard, "The electricity, and the noise, and just the competition; It was incredible. It was so much fun."

On Tuesday night, Bannister sat in the stands to say goodbye.

"I feel very fortunate to have that opportunity and sad to see it go but I'm sure glad I can cherish a lot of memories."

Bannister's name and retired number hang in the outfield of Packard Stadium.

About the Author

Cooper Rummell is a Southern California native. He moved to Arizona in 2012 to pursue a bachelor's degree in journalism at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Since May 2013, Cooper has worked as a desk anchor and reporter at KTAR. He has a passion for investigative political reporting and covering the local crime beat.


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