Historic Holman Stadium
'Historic' Holman Stadium was constructed in 1937, when Charles Frank Holman contributed $55,000 for the project in honor of his parents. His father, Charles Holman, came to Nashua as a poor salesman but managed to launch a successful confectioners business on Eldridge Street. He was later voted mayor of Nashua in 1879 (pictured right). Funding was also provided by President Frankin D. Roosevelt's Great Depression recovery plan. Philip S. Avery, a Nashua native, was chosen as the architect.
From 1946-1949, Holman Stadium hosted the Nashua Dodgers, a minor league affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers that made American history. Managed by future Hall of Fame manager Walter 'Smokey' Alston, the Nashua Dodgers became the first racially integrated ballclub of the twentieth century, led by fellow Hall of Famer Roy Campanella and future Cy-Young Award winner Don Newcombe. When Alston was ejected from a game in 1946, Campanella assumed the manager position, marking the first time in American history that an African-American managed a team with white athletes. Nashua came from behind to win the game.
Since the Dodgers departed, Holman Stadium has hosted California Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates farm affiliates, several independent league teams, and countless high school and college baseball and football games. In addition to athletics, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Tina Turner, and Whitney Houston highlight some of the musical acts that have performed at the park over the years.
Holman Stadium has a seating capacity of 2,825.