Stoll Field/McLean Stadium

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Stoll Field/McLean Stadium
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Former names Stoll Field (1916–1923)
Location 202 Avenue of Champions
Lexington, KY 40506
Coordinates 38°02′19″N 84°30′08″W / 38.03861°N 84.50222°W / 38.03861; -84.50222Coordinates: 38°02′19″N 84°30′08″W / 38.03861°N 84.50222°W / 38.03861; -84.50222
Owner University of Kentucky
Operator University of Kentucky
Capacity 37,000 (1972)
Opened October 14, 1916
Closed November 1972
Tenants
Kentucky Wildcats football (1916–1972)
Wildcat Marching Band
KHSAA State Championships (1959–1966, 1968–1972)[1]

Stoll Field/McLean Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. It was the home of the University of Kentucky Wildcats football team. The field has been in use since 1880, but the concrete stands were opened in October 1916, and closed following the 1972 season, and was replaced by Commonwealth Stadium. Memorial Coliseum is located across the street from the site.

It is the site of the first football game played in the South. A historic marker was erected in 2008 and reads -

Side 1 - "STOLL FIELD: In 1880 the first college football game ever played in the South was held here at what was eventually named Stoll Field. It was dedicated in 1916 at the Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt game and was named in honor of alumnus and long-term Board of Trustees member Judge Richard C. Stoll. The field was the setting of early football games and an integral part of student life.

Side 2 - MCLEAN STADIUM This field, which once pastured President Patterson’s cows, was used for military training during World War I and in 1924 it held McLean Stadium. It was named for Price McLean, an engineering student who was fatally injured in a football game in 1923. McLean Stadium was the site of Kentucky football games until they were moved to Commonwealth Stadium in 1973.

McLean Stadium was the site of the first football game of the newly formed Southeastern Conference (SEC) on September 30, 1933, in which Kentucky defeated Sewanee 7–0.[2]

The stadium was a two-sided concrete structure, with bleachers in both endzones. It was named for Judge Richard C. Stoll, a prominent alumnus. In November 1924, the grandstands were renamed McLean Stadium in honor of Price Innes McLean, a former center for the Wildcats who had died from injuries sustained in the 1923 Kentucky-Cincinnati game.

The stadium was the home of the Wildcats during the Bear Bryant era (1946–1953), which included the team's first bowl appearance (in the 1947 Great Lakes Bowl), and their first SEC football championship (in 1950). Bryant's coaching tenure at the predominantly basketball-savvy school is regarded as the best era in UK's football history.

The final Kentucky game played at the stadium was on November 11, 1972, with the Wildcats beating Vanderbilt, 14–13. The final overall games were the 1972 Class A and AA KHSAA State Championships, played on November 24. Trigg County defeated Pikeville 22−0 in the Class A final, while Tates Creek won the Class AA final over Ashland, 16−7.[1]

The stadium was razed during the 1970s, the south end being replaced with the Singletary Center for the Arts. A field was installed in the north end, perpendicular to the old end zone, and is named Stoll Field. It is still the practice field for the UK marching band, and is also used for intramural activities.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Past KHSAA State Football Champions". Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ Dorsey, Patrick (September 23, 2011). "Sewanee, long-lost member of the SEC". Page 2. ESPN.com. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 

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