Bell Field

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Bell Field
Bell Field (6443605231).jpg
Aerial view of track meet from the southeast
Full name Bell Field
Location Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.
Coordinates 44°33′47″N 123°16′44″W / 44.563°N 123.279°W / 44.563; -123.279Coordinates: 44°33′47″N 123°16′44″W / 44.563°N 123.279°W / 44.563; -123.279
Owner Oregon State University
Operator Oregon State University
Capacity 21,000
Surface natural grass
Opened 1910
Closed 1974
Tenants
Oregon State Beavers football
(1910–1952)
Oregon State Beavers track and field
(1911–1974)

Bell Field, originally known as College Field (1893–1909), was an outdoor athletic stadium in the northwest United States, on the campus of Oregon State College (now University) in Corvallis, Oregon. It was the home venue of Oregon State Beavers football prior to the opening of Parker Stadium (now Reser Stadium) in 1953.

Opened in 1910, Bell Field had a seating capacity of 21,000 at its peak and was named after J.R.N. "Doc" Bell, an early supporter of the college and its athletic teams.[1] With a conventional north-south orientation, its low-profile seating was mostly covered in a horseshoe configuration, opening to the north. After Parker Stadium opened, most of the seating was removed, but it hosted the school's track and field program until 1974, after which it was torn down. It was located directly west of the baseball field (today's Goss Stadium at Coleman Field) and parallel to its first base line. The Dixon Recreation Center, opened in 1976, occupies the site.

In the early 1950s, Oregon State played most of its home football games at Multnomah Stadium in Portland.[2] The final varsity game at Bell Field was the only game on campus in 1952, a 27–6 Homecoming loss to conference foe Idaho on November 15, with an approximate attendance of 8,000.[3] The Beavers sole win in the Pacific Coast Conference that season was in the Civil War game in Portland.[2][4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carlson, Kip (2006). "Bell Field". Oregon State Football. p. 45. 
  2. ^ a b "Oregon State Beavers". College Football Data Warehouse. 1952. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Idaho cracks OSC defense for 27-6 win". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. November 16, 1952. p. 1, sports. 
  4. ^ "Old rivals Oregon, OSC meet today". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. November 22, 1952. p. 8. 
  5. ^ "Grid Standings". Spokesman-Review. November 24, 1952. p. 9. 

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