Stuart Field

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Stuart Field
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Football game in 1913. (Click to enlarge.)
LocationWest Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.
OwnerPurdue University
OperatorPurdue University
OpenedApril 16, 1892
Purdue Boilermakers football (1892–1924)
Purdue Boilermakers baseball (1892–1939)[1]

Stuart Field was a stadium at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States. It was the home field of the Purdue Boilermakers football team from 1892 until 1924 when Ross–Ade Stadium opened.[2] Purdue's baseball team continued to play at Stuart Field until 1939. The Elliott Hall of Music is located at Stuart Field's former site,[1] while the west grand stand of the field was adjacent to the Purdue Armory.[3]

The field was dedicated on April 16, 1892,[4] and named for Charles B. and William V. Stuart, two brothers who served on the university's board of trustees.[5] Originally a seven-acre[5] (2.8 ha) field with 800 seats,[4] by the 1910s it was expanded to twice that area[5] and a seating capacity of 5,000.[6] Stuart Field was also used for special events, including a biplane demonstration on June 13, 1911, which attracted 17,000 spectators.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Lambert Field (Baseball)". CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 13, 2010.
  2. ^ "Old Oaken Bucket". Purdue University Libraries - Archives and Special Collections. Retrieved January 13, 2010.
  3. ^ "1920s aerial photograph of Stuart Field and the Purdue Armory". Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Stone, Winthrop E. (January 12, 1900). "Report on Athletics at Purdue University". The Twenty-Fifth Report of Purdue University. Indianapolis: Wm. R. Burford. p. 36. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c Purdue Reamer Club (2002). A University of Tradition: The Spirit of Purdue. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press. p. 66. ISBN 1-55753-191-9. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  6. ^ a b Kriebel, Robert C. (2009). Ross-Ade: Their Purdue Stories, Stadium, and Legacies. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press. p. 100. ISBN 978-1-55753-522-1. Retrieved March 19, 2012.

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