Whittier Field

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Whittier Field
Hubbard Grandstand, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME.jpg
Location Brunswick, Maine
Coordinates 43°54′29.25″N 69°57′18.37″W / 43.9081250°N 69.9551028°W / 43.9081250; -69.9551028Coordinates: 43°54′29.25″N 69°57′18.37″W / 43.9081250°N 69.9551028°W / 43.9081250; -69.9551028
Operator Bowdoin College
Capacity 9,000
Construction
Built 1902

Whittier Field is the outdoor stadium of Bowdoin College. Located in Brunswick, Maine, it is the field for Bowdoin football, Bowdoin outdoor track and field, and the Maine Distance Festival.

Whittier Athletic Field[edit]

Designed by & named for Bowdoin College alumni and professor Frank N. Whittier, the field opened on October 3, 1896 with a football game between Bowdoin and Maine State. Whittier's interest in athletics also led him to help with the design and construction of the new Sargent Gymnasium and Hyde Athletic Building (now known as the Smith Union).[1]

Hubbard Grandstand[edit]

The Hubbard Grandstand was designed and built in 1903. The original grandstands are 122 feet long, 37 feet wide and seat nearly 600 people. The Grandstand was dedicated on June 22, 1904. Total capacity of all the seating is 9,000. It was designed in the Shingle Style.[2]

Jack Magee Track[edit]

The track around the field was built in 1970 as a tribute to Bowdoin coach Jack Magee, who retired in 1960. The six lane all-weather track was renovated during the summer of 2005 with a grant from the Nike corporation.

Olympic history[edit]

The Magee Track was the site of a 1972 Olympic Training Camp that brought American Olympic athletes including Steve Prefontaine to Bowdoin for the summer before the Munich Olympics.

The track was the home track for Joan Benoit Samuelson, a 1981 Bowdoin graduate and the 1984 Olympic Gold Medal Marathon champion.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dorman, Daniel M. A Matter of Life and Death; CSI Brunswick: The Forensic Work of Dr. Frank Whittier. Pejepscot Historical Society, 2008.
  2. ^ "George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Whittier Field". Bowdoin Library. Retrieved 2010-02-25.