On June 30th, Forbes Field opened up to a sold out crowd amid much fanfare. It was described as the biggest sporting opening ceremony in United States history up until that time. The ballpark was sold out and 5,000 overflow tickets were given for people to sit in the outfield along what would have been the warning track. Though many urged Barney Dreyfuss to name the ballpark "Dreyfuss Park", Dreyfuss instead named the new stadium in honor of General John Forbes who captured Fort Duquesne from the French in 1758 and rebuilt a new "Fort Pitt" at the site *Gershman/Mcollister. When Barney Dreyfuss passed away in 1935, a movement to change the ballpark to Dreyfuss Field took place but Dreyfuss' widow wanted to keep her husband's wishes and the ballpark would remain known as Forbes Field its demolition.