In 1989, the city of Canton built a "state of the art", 5700 seat facility around the backroads of Canton Ohio. They named it in honor of the great man who called this his home… Thurman Munson Stadium debuted in April of 1989 as the Indians pulled their affiliation out of Historic Bowman Stadium in Williamsport Pennsylvania and bought out the Seattle Mariners’ franchise which was playing in Burlington Vermont’s Historic Centennial Field and immediately moved that franchise to the new ballpark in Canton. While Canton is the location of the ballpark, Canton also has a population of 80,000. Akron meanwhile, is 24 miles north of Canton and has a population of 218,000. Not wanting to isolate 218,000 possible fans, They thought it better to name the team the Canton-Akron Indians instead of simply the Canton Indians.