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Forbes Field was perhaps one of the most beautiful vintage stadiums in the game but it was also the eldest. The former home of Ralph Kiner's Pirates was built in 1909 and had a capacity of 41,000 fans. As the new doughnut shaped stadiums began to dot the landscape of the big cities, it was a matter of time before Pittsburgh fell victim to the "cookie cutter" stadium. Forbes was getting harder and harder to maintain. The lure of luxury boxes, larger capacity, increased revenue and a facility that was incredibly easy to maintain would lead to the demise of Forbes Field in 1971. With Astroturf dominating the ballparks around the league… rainouts would occur less often as even a hard rain could be washed off the field with large squeegees.