Memorial Field (Dartmouth)

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Memorial Field
Dartmouth College
Dartmouth Memorial Field 1.jpg
Location 4 Crosby Street
Hanover, NH 03755
Owner Dartmouth College
Operator Dartmouth College
Capacity 13,000
Surface Artificial Turf (as of Fall 2006)
Opened 1893; 1923
Tenants
Dartmouth Big Green
(Football & Track and Field)

Memorial Field is a football stadium located in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. It is the home of Dartmouth Big Green football and outdoor track teams. The athletic teams at Dartmouth College compete in the Ivy League.

In 1893, Dartmouth alumni built a football field called Alumni Oval in the southeastern part of the campus. The field's original wooden grandstand, which backed up on Crosby Street, burned in 1911. In 1923, the College built Memorial Field, with a brick-faced concrete stand and press box on Crosby Street. The stadium opened as a memorial to the students and alumni who had served and died in World War I. Permanent stands on the east side of the field were built later, and end zone bleachers have also been used.

Memorial Field underwent renovation during the summer of 2006, including replacement of the natural grass field with artificial turf to allow nearly year-round use; installation of an 8-lane Tartan track; construction of safety improvements; and the construction of a new varsity athletics center that has reduced the East Stands. With some of the loss made up by stands placed behind the end zones, the current seating capacity is approximately 13,000, down from 22,000 pre-renovation. Despite the loss of seats, it is still the largest athletic field of any sort in northern New England, ahead of the University of Vermont's 10,000-seat soccer stadium.[citation needed]

The stadium is the end-point of a popular Shriners parade every summer (as well as the venue for the New Hampshire vs. Vermont high school all-star football game which follows the parade). Coordinates: 43°42′04″N 72°17′03″W / 43.70111°N 72.28417°W / 43.70111; -72.28417

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