The first college football game was played in 1869, when students from Princeton and Rutgers in New Jersey faced off.
Today, the piece of grass on which they played that game has been replaced by a gymnasium. However, some of the oldest sports grounds are still standing. There are many college football fields across the country that are 100 years old or more.
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These stadiums have undergone renovations, expansions and cleanings – some major, some minor – since they first opened their doors, but each holds a special place in the history of the sport.
On the Google map embedded below, you can find out where each stadium is and fun facts about these ancient networks.
Franklin Field (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) – 1895
Franklin Field has been the host of baseball, opera, military training, soccer, and a U2 concert, but it’s a soccer field, first and foremost. It is the oldest college football stadium in the United States, and the site of the first game broadcast on radio in 1922. In addition to hosting countless Ben Quakers games, it was the site of 18 games between the Army and the Navy.
Harvard Stadium (Boston, Massachusetts) – 1903
Initially a gift from the 1879 class at Harvard University, the stadium hosted its first football game on November 14, 1903 against Dartmouth. Since then, rugby, lacrosse, soccer and ice hockey have been played on the field. It was the home of the New England Patriots – and then the Boston Patriots of the NFL – for two seasons in 1970 and 1971.
Kyle Field (College Station, Texas) – 1904
Edwin Jackson Kyle, a Texas A&M University professor and alumnus, wanted an athletic field on campus. But Texas A&M University didn’t have the funds for it at the time, so Kyle donated a plot of land on the southern edge of the campus set aside for his horticultural experiments. He then bought and built the stands with his own money, creating the beginnings of what is known today as Kyle Field. In 1919, Texas A&M won the National Championship after not letting any of its ten competitors to score one point. The permanent concrete structures and benches Added to Kyle Field in 1927.
Kyle Field. Fabulous. pic.twitter.com/VHUU0toXRt
– Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) October 6, 2018
Viton Field (Wooster, Massachusetts) – 1908
The first football game at Holy Cross took place in 1903, but Fitton Field was not revealed until September 26, 1908. In 1986, the wooden stands were removed and replaced with aluminum ones. From 1935 through 1938, the Holy Cross never lost a home game. In 2006, the movie “Game Plan” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was filmed.
Bobby Dodd Stadium (Atlanta, Georgia) – 1913
As Kyle Stadium was more of a stadium than a concrete stadium until 1927, Bobby Dodd Stadium is technically the oldest in FBS. Originally known as Grant Field until 1988 – when the school renamed it for the legendary coach – the stadium’s western stands were built by students in 1913. It originally seated just 5,600 fans, a fraction of today’s 55,000 capacity. Plus a team Georgia Tech Football, Bobby Dodd has hosted professional football and soccer matches. When it hosted Atlanta United FC matches in 2017, it broke MLS attendance records.
“This ain’t goodbye baby, that’s a thank you”
– Bally Sports South (BallySportsSO) August 2, 2017
Davis Wade Stadium (Starkville, Mississippi) – 1914
His original name was Scott Field in honor of Olympic sprinter Don Magruder Scott, the Bulldogs’ home became Davis Wade Stadium in 2001 after he made a large donation to expand the stadium. The team’s first mascot, Bully I, buried under the seat At the 50-yard line in 1939.
Yale Powell (New Haven, Connecticut) – 1914
that An estimated crowd of over 70,000 people They came to watch the first game in the Yale Bowl, including presidents William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt, but if they were Bulldogs fans, they left disappointed. Harvard won easily, 36-0. Yale fans left the field happier on October 5, 1929, when Yale beat Vermont 89-0. In 1973 and 1974, the New York Giants played their home games in the Yale Bowl.
– Yale Football (yalefootball) November 7, 2015
Foot Hemingway Stadium (Oxford, Mississippi) – 1915
The stadium is named after Judge William Hemingway, professor and head of athletics at the school, and John Howard Foot, who won 190 games and three national titles at the Ole Miss, and has been on the same site since 1915, when the stands were built. A permanent establishment was built in 1939 and capacity increased to 24,000 by 1941. In 2016, 66,176 fans came to see Ole Miss challenge Alabama.
Niebert Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio) – 1915
Cincinnati began playing football on the site in 1901, but construction on Nepert Stadium did not begin until 1915 and was not fully completed until 1924. The stadium was named after Jimmy Nepert, who died after an injury he suffered in a 1923 game against Miami. (Ohio). His grandfather provided the necessary funds to complete the construction of the stadium. Two US presidents – Franklin Roosevelt and Barack Obama – spoke at Neebert.
– Cincinnati Bearcats (@GoBEARCATS) 4 June 2018
Camp Randall Stadium (Madison, Wisconsin) – 1917
Built on land originally used to train Wisconsin forces during the Civil War, Camp Randall hosted its first game on November 3, 1917, which saw the Badgers Beat Minnesota 10-7. In 2004, the stadium saw an average attendance per game of 82,368 fans.
Mitchell Northam is a graduate of Salisbury University. His work has been featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Orlando Sentinel, SB Nation, FanSided, USA Today, and Delmarva Daily Times. He grew up on the East Coast of Maryland and now resides in Durham, North Carolina