The stadium has definitely seen better days, but when stepping inside, you feel like you have been transported back to a time long ago. The stadium has a seating capacity of 12,000, but on this day there might have been 12 people in the stands.
Historic Engel Stadium is the former home of the Chattanooga Lookouts. The stadium opened in 1930 and saw its last Lookout game played in 1999. The dimensions are enormous as the stadium is 325 down the left line, 318 feet down the right field line, and an incredible 471 in dead center, which was the longest in professional baseball history. A new fence was added to shorten the distance in centerfield.
Hall of Famers that played at Engel Stadium: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Satchel Paige, and Harmon Killibrew who is the only player who hit it over the 471 foot centerfield fence.
Today the stadium hosts the Chattanooga men’s league, local high school, and the TSSAA games.
Pictures taken August 4, 2007.