Memorial Stadium (Terre Haute)

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Memorial Stadium
ISU Memorial Stadium.jpg
Location 3300 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803
Coordinates 39°28′29″N 87°22′1″W / 39.47472°N 87.36694°W / 39.47472; -87.36694Coordinates: 39°28′29″N 87°22′1″W / 39.47472°N 87.36694°W / 39.47472; -87.36694
Broke ground October 1, 1922
Opened November 27, 1924
Renovated 1967
Owner Indiana State University
Operator Indiana State University
Surface FieldTurf
Construction cost $450,000
($5.5 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect Shourds–Stoner Co.[2]
General contractor North Raffin Construction Co.[2]
Capacity 12,764 (1996-present)
20,500 (1970-1995)
14,000 (1967-1969)
16,000 (1924-1966)
Tenants
Indiana State Sycamores (NCAA)

Memorial Stadium is the current home of Indiana State University football in Terre Haute, Indiana, USA. Constructed in 1923-1924 by the City of Terre Haute to seat approximately 16,000 people, the facility's initial primary use was as the home of the Terre Haute Baseball Club, aka the Terre Haute Tots, a minor league team in the Three-I League; a Class B team. Class B is the equivalent of today's Class A baseball. The stadium was officially dedicated on May 4, 1925 and was universally hailed as the nation's finest minor league baseball stadium.[3] Baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis was present to throw out the first pitch of the season opening game between Terre Haute and the Peoria Tractors. The stadium and its grounds also were used for semi-pro, high school and college football and baseball, professional boxing, circuses, fireworks exhibitions, ice skating and miscellaneous conventions and other events.

Later tenants of Memorial Stadium were the Terre Haute Phillies, a farm club of the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Terre Haute Huts, which had a working agreement with the Detroit Tigers. Terre Haute's long association (since 1883) with professional baseball ended on July 3, 1956.

Renovations[edit]

In 1967, Indiana State University became the first university in the world to own and operate an outdoor artificial playing surface. The stadium, except for its outside wall and memorial arch, was razed in 1968-1969, and converted to a football stadium. The three-part renovation project included: the reorientation of the playing field from a north-south direction to its present east-west configuration; the installation of Astroturf; and the construction of some 4,500 bleacher seats on the north side of the field as well as the rebuilding of seats on the south side. The original arch still remains from the original structure. However, the bleacher seats, installed in 1967, were removed in the summer of 1996 and replaced by a landscaped hill which serves as a general admission section and a site for pregame tailgating for Sycamore fans.[4] As a result, it has little resemblance to the majestic amphitheater constructed in the early Twenties. The field was upgraded in 2009 with a new FieldTurf playing surface, at a cost of $750,000.[5]

Memorial Stadium, which has a current capacity of 12,764, also hosts the annual High School football game (previously the homecoming game) between Terre Haute rivals North-South as they play for the Victory Bell.[6]

There are tentative plans to construct a new multi-purpose stadium on the Indiana State campus, 3 miles to the west. Memorial Stadium would likely then be razed, with the exception of the last portion of original Memorial Stadium, the Arch.

In June 2010, two practice fields were constructed to alleviate scheduling conflicts for practices and provide additional fields for Terre Haute-area youth football and high school programs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Memorial Stadium". Stadium Journey. December 7, 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ Ciancone, Pete (August 11, 2005). "Memorial Stadium Has Housed Decades of Recreation". Tribune-Star (Terre Haute). Retrieved December 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ "2009 Indiana State Football Media Guide: Memorial Stadium". Indiana State Athletics. 2009. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ Couch, Greg (September 24, 2009). "Indiana State Football's Sad State". FanHouse. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ Semmler, Rick (June 25, 2013). "Victory Bell Game Moving From Memorial Stadium". WTHI (Terre Haute). Retrieved June 26, 2013. 

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