Memorial Stadium (Wichita Falls)

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Memorial Stadium
Wichita Falls October 2015 80 (Memorial Stadium).jpg
Location Southwest Parkway at Barnett Road
Wichita Falls, TX
Coordinates 33°51′15″N 98°34′57″W / 33.85417°N 98.58250°W / 33.85417; -98.58250Coordinates: 33°51′15″N 98°34′57″W / 33.85417°N 98.58250°W / 33.85417; -98.58250
Owner Wichita Falls Independent School District
Operator Wichita Falls Independent School District
Capacity 14,500
Opened 1970
Tenants
Midwestern State (NCAA) (1988–present)
Oil Bowl Classic
John Hirschi High School Huskies (UIL)
S.H. Rider High School Raiders (UIL)
Wichita Falls High School Coyotes (UIL)

Memorial Stadium is an American football and soccer stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas located on Southwest Parkway at Barnett Road. It is owned and operated by the Wichita Falls Independent School District.

Built in 1970, the stadium can comfortably seat 14,500 fans with room for 2,500 more and is one of the largest high school football stadiums in the state of Texas. Some of the stadium's attractions include parking for up to 3,600 cars, a luxurious two-story press box for visiting coaches, dignitaries, and the media, as well as an Artificial turf playing surface and a state of the art scoreboard, most of which were added several years after the stadium's initial opening.[1] Every summer, Memorial Stadium is host to the Oil Bowl Classic, an annual high school all-star football game that pits the best football players from Texas against those from Oklahoma.[2] On April 10, 1979, Memorial Stadium was severely damaged when an F4 tornado tore through the southwest portion of Wichita Falls, the winds only measuring up to an F3 on the Fujita scale while the tornado was directly on top of the stadium, however.[3] The tornado in question also brought upon extremely severe damage to the town of Wichita Falls, causing major safety reforms to buildings and a massive rebuild of the town and the infrastructure within it.[4] That Tuesday in April 1979 hosted the creation of several smaller but equally devastating tornados around the Red River Valley area in what is known as the 1979 Red River Valley tornado outbreak, often casually referred to as "Terrible Tuesday".

Memorial Stadium is home to the John Hirschi High School Huskies, S.H. Rider High School Raiders, and Wichita Falls High School Coyotes. It has also served as the home of the Midwestern State University football program since 1988.

Preceded by
none
Hughes Stadium
Host of the NCAA Division I-AA National Championship Game
1978
1981–1982
Succeeded by
Orlando Stadium
Johnson Hagood Stadium

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Midwestern State University - Memorial Stadium". www.msumustangs.com. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  2. ^ "History – Oilbowl". oilbowl.com. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  3. ^ Burress, About The Author Paige (2014-04-10). "Looking Back at the Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak • Texas Storm Chasers". Texas Storm Chasers. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  4. ^ "USATODAY.com - 1979 Texas tornado led to safety changes". usatoday30.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2017-01-21.