Manning Bowl

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Manning Bowl
Former names Municipal Stadium (1937)
Location 76 Locust St, Lynn, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°28′31″N 70°57′15″W / 42.475147°N 70.954087°W / 42.475147; -70.954087
Owner Lynn, Massachusetts
Operator City of Lynn
Capacity 21,000 (American football and soccer)
Surface Grass
Broke ground September 1936
Built June 21, 1938
Opened November 24, 1937
Renovated 1974
Closed 2004
Demolished 2005
Construction cost $500,000
($8.33 million in 2017 dollars[1])
Architect Cyril Harding
Lynn English (1937-2004)
Lynn Classical (1937-2004)
Lynn Trade High School/Lynn Tech (1937-2004)
Saugus High School (1946)
St. Mary's High School (1948-2004)
Peabody High School (1955-1957)
Boston Rovers (1967)
Bay State Titans (1990)

Manning Bowl is a former American football and soccer stadium located in Lynn, Massachusetts. It was the home stadium for Lynn English, Lynn Classical, Lynn Tech, St. Mary's High School, the Boston Rovers of the United Soccer Association in 1967, and the Bay State Titans of the Minor League Football System in 1990. Demolished in 2005, it was replaced by Manning Field built at the same location.[2]

High school football[edit]

Manning Bowl, a WPA project, opened on November 24, 1937 for the annual Thanksgiving Day football game between English and Classical. The stadium was not yet completed and was known only as Municipal Stadium. English defeated Classical 13-6 and Henry Pazik (father of future Major League pitcher Mike Pazik) scored the first touchdown in the stadium's history on a 33-yard pass play from Joe McNulty.

The stadium was completed on June 21, 1938 and named for mayor J. Fred Manning. The first football game held in the completed stadium was a night game between Peabody High School and Classical with Peabody winning 27-7.

In 1948, the city of Lynn became the first to televise high school football, in an arrangement with WNAC-TV in Boston.

The Harry Agganis All-Star Football Classic was played at Manning Bowl from 1956–1959 and again from 1965-2003.

The final game played at Manning Bowl was on November 25, 2004 and was the annual Thanksgiving Day game between English and Classical. English won the game 28-8. The final touchdown in Manning Bowl history was scored by Mike Orfanos on a 2-yard run.[3]

Notable high school athletes who played at the Manning Bowl[edit]

Professional football[edit]

On September 18, 1945, the Boston Yanks defeated the defending National Football League champion New York Giants 14-3 in an exhibition game at the Manning Bowl. The game was only attended by 8,500 due to poor weather.[4] The Yanks returned to the Manning Bowl the following season for "Boley Dancewicz Night", which honored Yanks quarterback and Lynn native Frank "Boley" Dancewicz. The Yanks defeated the Long Island Indians of the American Football League 27-0 in front of 10,000 spectators. At halftime, Dancewicz was presented with a radio, watch, and a pen and pencil by Mayor Albert Cole.[5][6]

In 1959, the Chicago Bears defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 in the Cardinal Cushing Charity Game. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Norm Van Brocklin started for Philadlephia.

The semi-pro Bay State Titans played their only season here. Defensive Tackle Eric Swann would be selected with the 6th overall pick in the 1991 NFL Draft.

College football[edit]

The first college football game in the Manning Bowl was a 1953 contest between Holy Cross and Dartmouth.


The Rolling Stones kicked off their 1966 North American Tour at the stadium on June 24, 1966. The event was cut short due to rain and police had to use tear gas bombs to quell the angry crowd.

On June 11, 1976, Ray Charles held a charity concert to raise money for the Life Institute for Blind. The Four Tops and Dorothy Moore also performed.

Mötley Crüe drew 15,000 fans during an August 1985 concert, Accept and Y & T were on the bill, as were Helix (Helix did not perform). It was known as Summer Jam 85.

Aerosmith performed at the stadium during their Done with Mirrors Tour on September 14, 1985.

The Beach Boys performed at the Stadium September 23, 1984.

The Kinks performed at the Stadium September 8, 1985.

Other events[edit]

The first official event held at the Manning Bowl was a city-wide dance held on a specially made dance area in the end zone. This area was also used to show night time movies during the 1930s and 40s.

The Manning Bowl hosted memorials following the deaths of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.

From 1966 to 1982, The Manning Bowl was home to Drum & Bugle Corps World Open Championship.

The Manning Bowl was the home stadium for the Boston Rovers during the United Soccer Association's only season. The league's first ever game was held here and ended in a 1-1 draw against the Detroit Cougars. Mick Leech scoring for Rovers.

The first ever Agganis All-Star Basketball Game was played here in 1976.

In 1985, the Manning Bowl hosted 2 World Class Championship Wrestling Events

In 1978, Eddie Feigner hurled one of his 930 no-hitters in a game played on makeshift diamond.


  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ Classical opens Manning Bowl with a Bang
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  4. ^ Nason, Jerry (September 19, 1945). "Boston Yanks Beat New York Giants, 14-3". The Boston Daily Globe. 
  5. ^ "'Dancewicz Night' to Feature Yanks Game at Lynn Tuesday". The Boston Daily Globe. September 15, 1946. 
  6. ^ "Boston Yanks Top L. I. Indians in Lynn Bowl, 27-0". The Boston Daily Globe. September 18, 1946. 

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