Archbold Stadium

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Archbold Stadium
Syracuse-university archibald.jpg
Location Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244
Coordinates 43°2′10″N 76°8′11″W / 43.03611°N 76.13639°W / 43.03611; -76.13639Coordinates: 43°2′10″N 76°8′11″W / 43.03611°N 76.13639°W / 43.03611; -76.13639
Owner Syracuse University
Operator Syracuse University
Capacity 23,000 (original)[1]
40,001 (maximum)
26,000 (final)
Construction
Broke ground May 1, 1905
Opened September 25, 1907
Closed November 11, 1978
Demolished 1979
Tenants
Syracuse Orangemen
(Football & Track)

Archbold Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium in Syracuse, New York. It opened in 1907 and was home to the Syracuse University Orangemen[2] football team prior to the Carrier Dome opening in 1980. It was the third concrete football stadium built in the United States.

History[edit]

The stadium was named for John D. Archbold, who donated $600,000 for the project. He was also responsible for funding towards the building of Archbold Gymnasium, located just to the east overlooking the stadium.

Description[edit]

The 800' x 475' stadium was oval-shaped, with a track (originally dirt) and a natural grass football field. The west end zone, the stadium's main entrance, was marked by a grand castle-like façade with turrets framing the gateway arch. There was originally a wooden roof over the central section of the south grandstands for the reserved seating.

Grandstand expansion[edit]

In the 1950s, the stadium was expanded to the north and south, bringing the capacity up to 40,000. However, by the 1970s, stricter fire codes forced a reduction in capacity to 26,000.

This proved to be the stadium's undoing. By the mid-1970s, Syracuse faced the prospect of being demoted to Division I-AA unless it got a more modern stadium, and quickly. It was closed following the 1978 season, to be razed for the building of the Carrier Dome, which occupies Archbold's former footprint.

Final game[edit]

In the final game at Archbold Stadium, on November 11, 1978, the Orangemen defeated nationally ranked Navy, 20-17.

During its history, Syracuse compiled a 265-112-20 record at Archbold.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://syrguide.com/guide/2013/03/27/archbold-stadium/
  2. ^ The school did not adopt its current nickname of "Orange" until 2004.

External links[edit]

Events and tenants
Preceded by
The Oval
Home of
Syracuse Orange football

1905 – 1978
Succeeded by
Carrier Dome