Memorial Stadium (Seattle)
viewed from the northwest in 2006.
|Full name||Seattle High School
|Location||401 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
|Opened||1947 - November|
|Owner||Seattle School District|
|Surface||FieldTurf - (200x-present)
AstroTurf - (1967-200x)
Grass - (1948–1966)
|Seattle Sounders (NASL) (1974–75)|
Memorial Stadium in Seattle, Washington, is located in the northeast corner of the Seattle Center grounds. The stadium currently seats approximately 12,000 people. This was expanded to 17,000, during 1974-75, while the Seattle Sounders, of the North American Soccer League, played at Memorial Stadium, before moving to the newly constructed Kingdome. Similarly, an A-League reincarnation of the Sounders franchise played at Memorial Stadium, before also moving to a newly built stadium, Qwest Field.
The facility is not operated by the Seattle Center itself, but is owned by the Seattle School District and still serves as the "home field" for football games played by high schools within the district. In addition, Memorial Stadium is most commonly used for coed and men's flag football, year round. It is currently the home field for the Seattle Majestics, a women's American football team.
It was the venue for much of the opening ceremonies for the Century 21 Exposition, a World's Fair held in Seattle in 1962. The stadium is used periodically for concerts, such as in connection with festivals, like Bumbershoot, being held at the Center.
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Memorial Stadium hosted the first AAA (now 4A) state championship game for high school football in 1973, the first year of the state playoff system. The top-ranked Wenatchee Panthers were upset by the Kentridge Chargers, 26-24. Entering the title game, Wenatchee had given up just seven points all season and had been the top team in the state polls for four years.
- Seattle Times - Seattle Center, schools reach pact to tear down Memorial Stadium - 2009-11-25
- SeattlePI.com - Memorable moments from Memorial Stadium - 2008-02-26
- Spokane Daily Chronicle - State poises for opening of playoffs - 1973-11-09 - p.15
- Spokane Daily Chronicle - Kentridge stops Panthers' reign - 1973-11-24 - p.9
- Mt. Si HS football - History of Memorial Stadium