Memorial Stadium (Seattle)

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Memorial Stadium
Leon H. Brigham Field (2891579174).jpg
viewed from the northwest in 2008
Full name Seattle High School
Memorial Stadium
Location 401 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
US
Coordinates 47°37′22.12″N 122°20′59.59″W / 47.6228111°N 122.3498861°W / 47.6228111; -122.3498861
Broke ground 1946
Opened 1947 - November
Owner Seattle School District
Surface FieldTurf
Architect George Stoddard
Capacity 12,000 (football)
17,000 (soccer)
Tenants
Seattle School District
Seattle Sounders (NASL) (1974–75)
Seattle Sounders (A-League/USL-1) (1997–2002)
Seattle Majestics (IWFL) (2007–09)
Seattle Reign (NWSL) (2014–)

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.

Leon H. Brigham Field on Memorial Stadium Scoreboard

Dedicated in late 1947, Memorial Stadium was built in memory of the Seattle youth who gave their lives in World War II. A memorial wall was inscribed with the names of over 700 fallen individuals.[1] Above the scoreboard reads "Leon H. Brigham Field" as a tribute to the man who was inducted into the Washington State Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1979.[2]

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. The Seattle Majestics, a women's American football team, played home games at Memorial Stadium from 2007 to 2009 before moving to Kent.[3]

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.[4][5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

Beginning with the 2014 season, Memorial Stadium became the home to Seattle's NWSL soccer team, Seattle Reign FC. [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.seattlecenter.com/locations/detail.aspx?id=59
  2. ^ http://www.gnfafootball.org/leonbrigham.htm
  3. ^ Hunter, Steve (31 March 2009). "Seattle Majestics: Real women, playing real football". Federal Way Mirror. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Seattle Times - Seattle Center, schools reach pact to tear down Memorial Stadium - 2009-11-25
  5. ^ SeattlePI.com - Memorable moments from Memorial Stadium - 2008-02-26
  6. ^ Spokane Daily Chronicle - State poises for opening of playoffs - 1973-11-09 - p.15
  7. ^ Spokane Daily Chronicle - Kentridge stops Panthers' reign - 1973-11-24 - p.9
  8. ^ http://reignfc.com/

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