In 1986, Fairgrounds Field was built to replace 50 year old SPAR Stadium, which had served Shreveport pro baseball well, but was really beginning to show its age. The Shreveport Captains were in the 7th year of a long term 24 year PDC with the Giants and the Texas League, and didn't want to lose the team because of the conditions of their facility. Attendance at SPAR Stadium was simply awful, as the team was regularly pulling in crowds of 42-44,000, usually last place in the league and almost at the bottom of all Minor League parks.