Ahearn Field

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Ahearn Field
Location Manhattan, Kansas
Owner Kansas State
Operator Kansas State
Capacity Unknown
Surface Grass
Opened 1911
Closed 1921
Construction cost $10,000[1]
Kansas State University

Ahearn Field was the first on-campus athletic field for Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.[2] It was used from 1911 to 1921 by the football team, baseball team, and track team.[1] It was named in honor of former coach Mike Ahearn.

Before Ahearn Field, Kansas State's athletic teams used an open public square in Manhattan located at Bluemont Avenue and 8th Street, known informally as the Athletic Park.[1][2] A covered wooden grandstand was built at the Athletic Park in 1906, along with a small locker room.[1] These structures were both transported to Ahearn Field in 1911 and used at the new site.[1] The grandstand was located at the south end of the field, facing north (approximately the current location of the K-State Alumni Center).[1]

Memorial Stadium was opened at the same site in 1922.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Willard, Julius (1940). History of Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. Kansas State College Press. 
  2. ^ a b Stallard, Mark (2000), Wildcats to Powercats: K-State Football Facts and Trivia, ISBN 1-58497-004-9