Denny Field (Alabama)

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Denny Field
Former names University Field (1915–1920)
Location 10th Street at 7th Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Coordinates 33°12′26″N 87°32′46″W / 33.20722°N 87.54611°W / 33.20722; -87.54611Coordinates: 33°12′26″N 87°32′46″W / 33.20722°N 87.54611°W / 33.20722; -87.54611
Owner University of Alabama
Operator University of Alabama
Surface Natural grass
Opened 1915
Closed 1928
Tenants
Alabama Crimson Tide (1915–1929)

Denny Field was located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and served as the home field for the University of Alabama football team from 1915 through the 1928 seasons, excluding 1918 when a team was not fielded due to World War I. The field was located at the intersection of 10th Street and 7th Avenue at the southern edge of the University of Alabama campus.[1] At present, its former location is the site of portions of Byrd Hall, Parker-Adams Hall and a parking lot.[2][3]

The venue opened in 1915, and was originally named University Field.[2] It was rededicated as Denny Field on October 9, 1920, prior to the third game of the 1920 season against Birmingham–Southern.[4] Named in honor of former Alabama president George H. Denny, at that time official Denny Field signage was unveiled and it was noted that the name was selected due to Dr. Denny's continued support of the growth of the athletic program at Alabama.[4]

During its tenure as the team's home field, Alabama amassed an overall record of 43 wins to only 2 losses. It was replaced by Denny Stadium, now known as Bryant–Denny Stadium, in 1929.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Digital Sanborn Maps (Map) (Tuscaloosa 1923, Sheet 219 ed.). Environmental Data Resources, Inc. 1923. 
  2. ^ a b University of Alabama Sports Information. "Facilities: Bryant–Denny Stadium". Retrieved December 17, 2008. 
  3. ^ Paul W. Bryant Museum. "Stadium History". Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Denny Field name of Crimson ground". The Montgomery Advertiser. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. October 11, 1920. p. 6. 
  5. ^ University of Alabama Sports Information. "All-time Record in Tuscaloosa" (PDF). Retrieved December 17, 2008.