Spratt opened in 1979. Previously Missouri Western played at municipal owned Noyes Field by Central High School (St. Joseph, Missouri). It is named for Elliot Spratt, an executive with Hillyard, Inc. whose family has donated money for numerous buildings on the campus.
Missouri Western opened stadium with a 44-0 victory over Dana College.
Initial cost was $850,000 Lights were added in 1985.
The stadium initially could seat 6,000 but was expanded in 2009 to accommodate 7,500. There is grass seating on an adjoining hill. The biggest crowds are for the Northwest Missouri-Missouri Western football rivalry including 10,129 in 2009 and 9,207 in 2007
From 1998 to 2007 the stadium hosted the Missouri 8-Man High School Football Championship (taking over from longtime host Bearcat Stadium). The games are now played at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis with the 11-man championships.
Kansas City Chiefs Training Center
In 2009 Missouri Western signed a contract for the Kansas City Chiefs to move to the stadium from River Falls, Wisconsin in 2010. A $10.5 million 118,000-square-foot (11,000 m2) facility was built just west of the stadium between it and I-29 on a former softball field It includes full-size indoor football field, a locker room, weight room, training room, coaches’ offices, meeting rooms and a lecture hall. It is designed by St. Joseph architect Jeff Ellison, Ellison-Auxier Architects. The Chiefs occupy it three weeks each year and the Griffons will access the rest of the year.