Milton Frank Stadium

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Milton Frank Stadium
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Former names Huntsville Stadium
Location Huntsville, Alabama
Coordinates 34°42′25″N 86°36′14″W / 34.707°N 86.604°W / 34.707; -86.604Coordinates: 34°42′25″N 86°36′14″W / 34.707°N 86.604°W / 34.707; -86.604
Owner Huntsville City Schools
Capacity 12,000
Construction
Broke ground 1949
Opened 1962
Tenants
Huntsville City Schools
Tennessee Valley Tigers

Milton Frank Stadium is a 12,000-seat multi-purpose stadium in Huntsville, Alabama. It was used for Alabama A&M football games before the creation of Louis Crews Stadium. It is currently used mainly for Huntsville City Schools high school and middle school football and soccer games.[1] Construction began in 1949 and the stadium was opened in 1962 as Huntsville Stadium.[2] It was soon renamed Milton Frank Stadium in honor of the long-time football coach at Huntsville High School. In the 1990s, the grass field was replaced with artificial turf and a new track replaced the original asphalt track.

Milton Frank Stadium was the home the Alabama Hawks of the Continental Football League during the team's two years of existence in 1968-1969.[3][4] Since 2008, the stadium has been the home field for the Tennessee Valley Tigers, a women's American football team currently in the Women's Spring Football League.

John Stanley Welzyn was the public address announcer during high school games at the stadium from 1964 until retiring in 1996.[5] During his tenure, Welzyn also announced Alabama Hawks pro football and Alabama A&M Bulldogs college football games.[6] Welzyn died in 1999 at the age of 66.[6]

Special Olympics competitions for the Madison County, Alabama, area are held each year at the stadium.[7]

In November 2011, the Huntsville City Schools announced that a contract valued at $1.6 million was signed with Goldmon Matheny Architects to renovate the stadium. Upgrades will include new stadium entrances, new fences, new gates, new scoreboards, plus the demolition of the existing restrooms and locker rooms under both grandstands then construction of new locker rooms, restrooms, and concession areas to replace them.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HS Football: Milton Frank Doubleheader Results". WHNT 19 News. October 15, 2009. Retrieved October 21, 2009. With heavy rains wreaking havoc on the the [sic] Goldsmith-Schiffman playing field, a rare high school football doubleheader took place at Huntsville's Milton Frank Stadium Thursday. 
  2. ^ Towery, Tommy (October 4, 2005). "Goldsmith-Schiffman Field: A Rison-Dallas Treasure". Lee's Traveller. 
  3. ^ "Continental Football League". Professional Football Research Association. 
  4. ^ "1968 Alabama Hawks". Booster Club of the Continental Football League. 
  5. ^ Easterling, Mike (September 19, 1996). "Legendary voice: Welzyn leaves mike at Milton Frank Stadium". The Huntsville Times. p. C9. 
  6. ^ a b Sandefur, James III (March 10, 1999). "Familiar voice of local sports announcer is stilled". The Huntsville Times. p. B2. 
  7. ^ Campbell, Steve (October 19, 2009). "Special Olympians compete Tuesday at Milton Frank". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved October 21, 2009. 
  8. ^ Bonvillian, Crystal (November 3, 2011). "Huntsville board gives go-ahead to turn Chapman, Mountain Gap, Whitesburg into P-8 programs". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved November 4, 2011.