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Syracuse, NY 13244
|Broke ground||May 1, 1905|
|Opened||September 25, 1907|
|Closed||November 11, 1978|
(Football & Track)
Archbold Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium in Syracuse, New York. It opened in 1907 and was home to the Syracuse University Orangemen football team prior to the Carrier Dome opening in 1980. It was the third concrete football stadium built in the country.
The stadium was named for John D. Archbold, who donated $600,000 for the project. He was also responsible for funding towards the building of Archbold Gymnasium, located just to the east overlooking the stadium.
The 800' x 475' stadium was oval-shaped, with a track (originally dirt) and a natural grass football field. The west end zone, the stadium's main entrance, was marked by a grand castle-like façade with turrets framing the gateway arch. There was originally a wooden roof over the central section of the south grandstands for the reserved seating.
In the 1950s, the building was expanded to the north and south, bringing the capacity up to 40,000. However, by the 1970s, the building's capacity was lowered to approximately 26,000 due to fire codes. This proved to be the stadium's undoing. It was closed following the 1978 season, to be razed for the building of the Carrier Dome.
In the final game at Archbold Stadium, on November 11, 1978, the Orangemen defeated nationally-ranked Navy, 20-17.
During its history, Syracuse compiled a 265-112-20 record at Archbold.
Notes and references
- The school did not adopt its current nickname of "Orange" until 2004.
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