McCook Field (stadium)

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McCook Field
Location Lawrence, Kansas
Owner University of Kansas
Operator University of Kansas
Capacity 15,000
Opened 1892
Closed 1920
Kansas Jayhawks football (1892–1920)
Kansas Jayhawks baseball (1892-1920)

McCook Field was a stadium in Lawrence, Kansas. It hosted the University of Kansas Jayhawks football team until they moved to Memorial Stadium in 1921. The stadium held 15,000 people at its peak and was opened in 1892. The stadium was financed by John James McCook.

History and Home Field Advantage[edit]

Kansas enjoyed much success in the years they played at McCook. In the 29 seasons at McCook, they compiled a home record of 101-23-8 (.795). Jayhawk coaches who strolled the sidelines of McCook included Fielding H. Yost who would go on to win 6 national championships at Michigan. He led Kansas to a 10-0 record in 1899, going 6-0 at McCook. John Outland (for whom the Outland trophy is named) coached the 1901 season and was 2-2 at home. A.R. "Bert" Kennedy, the winningest coach in KU football history coached all of his seasons while McCook was the home field. He dominated to the tune of 32-3-1 (.903), defeating the likes of Nebraska, Notre Dame, Arkansas, and Oklahoma at McCook field. Even Forrest C. "Phog" Allen the legendary Kansas basketball coach and icon coached football at McCook. He headed up the Jayhawk football program during McCook's final season, 1920. Incidentally, Phog was undefeated at home, going 4-0-1.[1]


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Coordinates: 38°57′49″N 95°14′47″W / 38.96361°N 95.24639°W / 38.96361; -95.24639