Palmer Stadium

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Palmer Stadium
Princeton - Palmer Stadium.jpg
LocationPrinceton, NJ
OwnerPrinceton University
OperatorPrinceton University
Capacity42,000
SurfaceNatural Grass
Construction
Broke groundJune, 1914
OpenedOctober 24, 1914
ClosedNovember 23, 1996
DemolishedWinter, 1997
ArchitectHenry J. Hardenburgh
Tenants
Princeton Tigers
(Football & Track and Field) (1914-1996)
A souvenir postcard of Palmer Stadium in 1914.

Palmer Stadium was a stadium in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. It hosted the Princeton University Tigers football team, as well as the track and field team.[1] The stadium held 45,750 people at its peak and was opened in 1914 with a game against Dartmouth. It closed in 1996 with a game against Dartmouth. Princeton University Stadium was built on the site (albeit pushed slightly further north) in 1997. The building was named for Stephen S. Palmer, a trustee of the university, by his son, Edgar Palmer III. Like Harvard Stadium, it was horseshoe-shaped (which was modeled after the Greek Olympic Stadium), but was wider, including a full-sized track (around the football field) . It opened to the south (facing Lake Carnegie) and the grand main entrance was at the north.

It hosted the Division I NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship in 1981. From 1936 to its closing, the track's long-jump record was held by Jesse Owens.

Palmer Stadium also hosted the NFL's New York Giants for one exhibition game per year from 1965 -1975, the first ten years seeing them face the Philadelphia Eagles and then the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1975.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Palmer Stadium – Memories Of A Magical Time - Princeton Magazine". princetonmagazine.com.

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Coordinates: 40°20′45″N 74°39′00″W / 40.345755°N 74.65003°W / 40.345755; -74.65003