Bristol Municipal Stadium

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Bristol Municipal Stadium
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Stadium entrance
Bristol Municipal Stadium is located in Tennessee
Bristol Municipal Stadium
Bristol Municipal Stadium is located in the United States
Bristol Municipal Stadium
LocationBristol, TN
Coordinates36°34′56.71″N 82°10′59.76″W / 36.5824194°N 82.1832667°W / 36.5824194; -82.1832667Coordinates: 36°34′56.71″N 82°10′59.76″W / 36.5824194°N 82.1832667°W / 36.5824194; -82.1832667
Built1934
ArchitectArnold, R.V.
Architectural styleOther
NRHP reference #87001039 [1]
Added to NRHPJune 25, 1987

Bristol Municipal Stadium, also referred to as the Stone Castle, is an athletic facility located on the campus of Bristol Tennessee High School in Bristol, Tennessee. The structure features a design that is reminiscent of Medieval Gothic architecture and has a seating capacity of approximately 8,000. The stadium currently serves as the home field of the football team of Tennessee High School. The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

History[edit]

Historic marker for Bristol Municipal Stadium at Tennessee High School

Bristol Municipal Stadium was built during the New Deal by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). It is one of two WPA stadiums in Tennessee that are still in use, the other being Crump Stadium in Memphis.[2] Construction of Bristol Municipal Stadium began in 1934 and was completed in 1936. The construction cost of $34,000 was shared between the federal government and the city of Bristol.[3] The stadium opened on October 8, 1936.[2]

The stadium has been the home field for football teams not only for Tennessee High School, but also for Virginia High School in Bristol, Virginia, the two cities' former segregated high schools for African-Americans (Slater High School in Bristol, Tennessee, and Douglass High School in Bristol, Virginia), King College and Emory & Henry College.[2]

A renovation of the facility was completed in 1986 at a cost of $500,000.[3]

Architecture[edit]

The stadium is built of rough rubble limestone obtained from a WPA project nearby. Its design was influenced by Medieval Gothic architecture, featuring arched entries, 20-foot (6.1 m) high crenellated walls, and unusual corner towers.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
  2. ^ a b c d "Historic Stadiums". Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture.
  3. ^ a b Edgar, Justyn (2010). "The Stone Castle". Bristol City Schools. Archived from the original on December 21, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2014.

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