Horlick Field

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Horlick Athletic Field
Horlick Field
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Former names North Side City League Park, City League Park, League Park
Location 1648 North Memorial Dr.
Racine, WI 53203
Owner City of Racine
Operator City of Racine
Capacity 8,500
Surface Natural Grass
Construction
Opened 1907 (Approximate) as North Side City League Park; October 19, 1919 as Horlick Athletic Field
Construction cost $250,000 Bleacher Upgrade in 2006/07
Architect Walter Dick
Tenants
Racine Raiders (1953-Present)
Racine Legion (1919-1924)
Racine Tornadoes (1926)
Racine Belles (1943-1950)

Horlick Field, located on the north side of Racine, Wisconsin, in the United States, is an 8,500 seat football stadium and a baseball park enclosed within stone walls and chain fences. The land for the field was donated by William Horlick, the inventor of malted milk.[1] It was designed in 1907 by Walter Dick, who also designed the North Beach Beach House.

Football has been a part of Horlick Field's history since 1919. It was the home for the Horlick - Racine Legion, a member of the NFL from 1922 to 1924, and the Racine Tornadoes, an NFL team in 1926. Now the Racine Raiders, a minor league team in the Mid-States Football League, call Horlick Field their home.

Teams from the high schools and local leagues play their regular season games in the baseball diamond, which is the site for local tournaments and championship games. The park has been the home of the Old Timer's Athletic Club Softball Tournament for over three decades. The Racine Belles, immortalized in the film A League of Their Own, called Horlick Field their home while the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was in existence.

Horlick Field is one of the most venerated venues in drum and bugle corps history, having hosted an unrivaled 99 drum and bugle corps shows through 2013, some considered among the best of all time. In the Golden Age of the drum and bugle corps activity between 1962 and 1978, Horlick Field hosted 57 drum and bugle corps shows, an average of almost 3.5 shows a year.[2]

Statistics[edit]

  • Location: 1648 North Memorial Drive, on the corner of High Street and North Memorial Drive.
  • Ownership: Owned and operated by the City of Racine, Wisconsin. Concessions for all events held at Historic Horlick Field are run by the Racine Raiders Minor League Football Club.
  • Playing Surface: Natural Grass

References[edit]

  1. ^ Drummond, Margo (1994). "The Horlick Mausoleum". A Walking Tour Guide: Mound Cemetery, Racine, Wisconsin. Racine, WI: Preservation-Racine, Inc. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  2. ^ Karls, Alan R. (2014). Racine’s Horlick Athletic Field: Drums Along the Foundries. Charleston, SC: The History Press,.