Palmer Stadium

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Palmer Stadium
Princeton - Palmer Stadium - 1914 - postcard.jpg
A souvenir postcard of Palmer Stadium in 1914.
Location Princeton, NJ
Owner Princeton University
Operator Princeton University
Capacity 42,000
Surface Natural Grass
Construction
Broke ground June, 1914
Opened October 24, 1914
Closed November 23, 1996
Demolished Winter, 1997
Architect Henry J. Hardenburgh
Tenants
Princeton Tigers
(Football & Track and Field) (1914-1996)

Palmer Stadium was a stadium in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. It hosted the Princeton University Tigers football team, as well as the track and field team. The stadium held 45,750 people at its peak and was opened in 1914 with a game against Dartmouth. It closed in 1996 with a game against Dartmouth. Princeton University Stadium was built on the site (albeit pushed slightly further north) in 1997. The building was named for Stephen S. Palmer, a trustee of the university, by his son, Edgar Palmer III. Like Harvard Stadium, it was horseshoe-shaped (which was modeled after the Greek Olympic Stadium), but was wider, including a full-sized track (around the football field) . It opened to the south (facing Lake Carnegie) and the grand main entrance was at the north.

It hosted the Division I NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship in 1981. From 1936 to its closing, the track's long-jump record was held by Jesse Owens.

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Coordinates: 40°20′45″N 74°39′00″W / 40.345755°N 74.65003°W / 40.345755; -74.65003