Ralph Korte Stadium

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Ralph Korte Stadium
"The Ralph"
Former names The Stadium @ Bob Guelker Field
Cougar Field
Address Stadium Drive
SIUE Campus
Location Edwardsville, Illinois
Coordinates 38°46′54″N 90°00′41″W / 38.781755°N 90.011379°W / 38.781755; -90.011379
Owner Southern Illinois University
Operator SIU Edwardsville
Athletics Department
Genre(s) Soccer/Track & field
Seating type Bleachers
Capacity 3,000 seats +1,000 on lawn
Record attendance T&F = 11,072
Soccer = 8,000+ (est.)
Current Config. = 4,665
Field size Field = 120x75 yards
Track = 400 meter oval
Surface Artificial turf
Scoreboard Electronic
Construction
Built 1993–94
Opened Cougar Field: Fall, 1969
Stadium: 24 June 1994 (1994-06-24)
Renovated 2013 (latest)
Expanded 1993–94, 2009
Tenants
SIUE men's & women's soccer
SIUE men's & women's track & field

Ralph Korte Stadium, also known as "The Ralph", is a 4,000 seat stadium located on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in Edwardsville, Illinois. It is home to the SIUE Cougars men's and women's soccer and outdoor track & field teams.[1] In addition to the stands on the west side of the field, a berm was put in on the east side in 2011 to provide lawn seating for the tailgating fans known as "The East Siders."

The stadium was constructed on university property surrounding the existing "Bob Guelker Field" in 1993–94 by the City of Edwardsville as a site to host the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival.[2][3] In 1998, the university trustees named the stadium to honor Ralph Korte, the founder of The Korte Company of Highland, an SIUE alumnus and strong advocate of the school.[4]

The soccer playing surface was named, on November 1, 1986, in honor of Bob Guelker, the coach who inaugurated SIUE's men's soccer program and led it to the NCAA Division II championship in 1972 and the Division I crown in 1979.

The Korte Stadium and its earlier incarnation, Cougar Field, has hosted the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship in 1970 and 1975, the 1972 Division II Men's Soccer Championship, and the Division II NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship in 1997, 1998, 2001, and 2003. It was also the home stadium for the Saint Louis Athletica of Women's Professional Soccer for part of their 2009 season, during which the capacity was expanded to 5,000 seats; the team later started playing at Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park.

The track features eight 48-inch lanes, with European-style broad turns (118 meters) and short straightaways (82 meters). The field event facilities include high jump aprons; pole vault runways; long jump/triple jump pits; shot put, discus, and hammer throw rings; and javelin throw runways on the west side, just outside the stadium grandstand.

The Gateway Arch on the St. Louis riverfront, 25 miles to the southwest, can be seen from the top of the stands at The Ralph.

The record single-day attendance for a track & field competition is 11,072 on July 10, 1994 at the U.S. Olympic Festival.

Although an estimated crowd of over 8,000 was present for the 1971 Bronze Boot game versus St. Louis at Cougar Field, the largest soccer crowd in the stadium's current configuration was 4,665 for the Homecoming game against Bradley on October 4, 2014.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Ralph Korte Stadium & Sports Complex". Travel Illinois. ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "SIUE 50th Anniversary Historical Timeline". Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Maps & Directions - Ralph Korte Stadium". Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Alumni Profiles- Ralph Korte". Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Bradley vs. SIUE at Edwardsville, Ill., 10/4/2014 at 7 p.m.". Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 

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Preceded by
Spartan Stadium
Busch Memorial Stadium
Host of the College Cup
1970
1975
Succeeded by
Miami Orange Bowl
Franklin Field

Coordinates: 38°46′57″N 90°00′41″W / 38.782458°N 90.011394°W / 38.782458; -90.011394