Drake Field (stadium)

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Drake Field
Drake Field.jpg
Location Auburn, Alabama, United States
Coordinates 32°36′07″N 85°29′15″W / 32.60194°N 85.48750°W / 32.60194; -85.48750Coordinates: 32°36′07″N 85°29′15″W / 32.60194°N 85.48750°W / 32.60194; -85.48750
Owner Alabama Polytechnic Institute
Operator Alabama Polytechnic Institute
Capacity 7,550 (1939)
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 1909
Opened October 7, 1911
Tenants

Auburn University Tigers (football) (1911-1939)
Auburn University Tigers (baseball) (1911-1949)

Auburn High School Tigers (football) (1911-1920, 1935-1939)

Drake Field was an American football, baseball, and track stadium on the campus of Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama, United States. From 1911 to 1939, Drake field was the home field of the Auburn University Tigers football team. The stadium was also home to the Auburn University Tigers baseball team from 1911 through 1949, and the Auburn High School Tigers football team from 1911 through 1920 and 1935 through 1939. It had a capacity of 7,550 in 1939.[1]

History[edit]

Drake Field was named for John Hodges Drake III, who served as the college physician from 1873 until 1926 and who donated the land for the field.[2] The field was inaugurated on October 7, 1911 with the college football team's 29-0 win over Mercer. Two months later on the field, Auburn High School played the program's first football game, against Sidney Lanier High School, on November 25, 1911.[3]

Auburn High School continued to play football at the stadium until moving to their on-campus stadium Ross Field in 1921; they returned to Drake Field in 1935 after outgrowing that facility.[4] Both the high school and the college football teams moved to adjacent Auburn Stadium, today Jordan-Hare Stadium, in 1939. The college baseball team continued playing at Drake Field until 1949, when they moved to Plainsman Park. The field remained until the construction of the Haley Center in the late 1960s. Drake Field today sits on the site of the Auburn University student union.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fred Turbyville, The Blue Book of College Athletics (Baltimore, Md.: F. Turbyville, 1939), 39.
  2. ^ "Auburn Men Glory in Athletic Field", Montgomery Advertiser, October 13, 1911; Mickey Logue and Jack Simms, Auburn: A Pictorial History of the Loveliest Village(Auburn: s.n., 1996), 64.
  3. ^ "Auburn Men Glory in Athletic Field", Montgomery Advertiser, October 13, 1911; AHSFHS.org, "Auburn - 1911", retrieved August 16, 2008.
  4. ^ Opelika Daily News, September 21, 1921Opelika Daily News, November 2, 1935.
Preceded by
first stadium
Ross Field
Home of the
Auburn High School Tigers

1911–1920
1935–1939
Succeeded by
Ross Field
Auburn Stadium
Preceded by
Auburn athletic field
Home of the
Auburn Tigers (baseball)

1911–1949
Succeeded by
Plainsman Park