- Memorial Stadium (University of Kansas)
Memorial Stadium Bill Snyder Family Stadium - East
Location 1017 West 11th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Coordinates Coordinates: Broke ground May 10, 1921 Opened October 29, 1921 Renovated 1998, 2006 Expanded 1927, 1963, 1965 Owner University of Kansas Operator University of Kansas Surface FieldTurf Construction cost $275,000 USD
($3.37 million in 2011 dollars)
Architect LaForce Bailey and Clement C. Williams
Treanor Architects (renovations)
Capacity 22,000 (1921-1926)
Record attendance 52,530 Tenants Kansas Jayhawks (NCAA) (1921–present)
University of Kansas Memorial Stadium is a football stadium located in Lawrence, Kansas, on the campus of the University of Kansas. The stadium is dedicated as a memorial to the KU students who died in World War I. The primary use of the stadium is to host the University's football and track and field intercollegiate athletics teams.
Construction and Renovation
Memorial Stadium was built in 1920 funded by students, faculty, and fans. Originally the stadium had only east and west bleachers, which were expanded southward in 1925. The north bowl seating section was added in 1927 to give the stadium its horseshoe shape which it retains today. The west bleachers were expanded significantly upwards in 1963, with similar additions to the east side in 1965. A major renovation in 1978 repaired concrete and upgraded home and visiting team facilities.
Permanent lights were installed in 1997 and the current infrastructure is the result of a 1998 renovation. The press box and scholarship suites saw significant improvement and expansion in 1999, and the MegaVision video board was installed in the same year.
The track that rings the stadium has been resurfaced several times, most recently in 1999.
A new scoreboard with two video strips was mounted at the top of the stadium's north bowl for the 2005 season, correcting a quirk of the stadium that north-driving teams had no way to see the clock without turning around. In 2006, the playing field was named Kivisto Field in honor of prominent donor Tom Kivisto.
On October 6, 2006 at precisely 11:27am, the University of Kansas broke ground on the new $31-million Anderson Family Football Complex and it opened in 2008. The building includes offices, academic areas, a weight room, locker rooms, an audio-visual room, meeting rooms, a cardio room, a hydro-therapy room, a nutrition area and a display area. It is also joined by new practice fields to the southeast of the stadium.
On September 17, 2009, the Kansas Board of Regents approved a $34 million addition of luxury seating on the east side of the stadium. The addition, known as the Gridiron Club, will increase the stadium's capacity by 3,000 seats. However, as of 2011, construction has yet to begin.
The stadium's current official capacity is 50,071, although the horseshoe shape allows tailgaters to view the game from the Campanile hill to the south. A then-record crowd of 51,574 saw the Jayhawks defeat Kansas State 25-18 in 1973.
At the Jayhawks' November 5, 2005 streak-snapping 40-15 victory over Nebraska, it was announced that that attendance record was broken, with a standing-room-only crowd of 51,750.
On November 18, 2006 a then attendance record of 51,821 fans watched the Jayhawks defeat Kansas State, 39–20. The home attendance average of 44,137 in seven games during the year set a new season record, surpassing the prior season's record of 43,675 in six contests. Over the last three seasons, stadium attendance has averaged more than 41,000 per game.
On November 1, 2008 the Jayhawks set a new record of 52,230 fans in attendance. The Jayhawks beat Kansas State 52-21 in the Sunflower Showdown.
Kansas Jayhawks football
- In 2005, the Jayhawks went undefeated at Memorial Stadium for the first time since 1951. The team allowed just two touchdowns in first quarters at home during the season.
- In 2007, the Jayhawks went undefeated at home again, highlighted by a 76–39 victory over Nebraska. The 76 points by the Jayhawks was the third most scored in Kansas history, and also the most points given up in Nebraska history.
The Kansas Relays
Memorial Stadium has also hosted the Kansas Relays track and field event every year since 1923, except in 1943, 1944 and 1945 due to World War II and 1998 and 1999 due to construction. The Relays annually see top area high school and intercollegiate competitors, and the open events often draw Olympic runners such as Maurice Greene and Marion Jones. The Kansas Relays is the location where world-record holder Justin Gatlin tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in 2006. Gatlin is currently serving an eight year suspension.
- Prominently featured in the 1983 television movie, The Day After.
The following are the top 10 largest crowds in stadium history:
- 1. 52,530 September 5, 2009 vs Northern Colorado
- 2. 52,230 November 1, 2008 vs Kansas State
- 3. 52,112 August 30, 2008 vs Florida International
- 4. 51,930 November 15, 2008 vs #5 Texas
- 5. 51,910 November 3, 2007 vs Nebraska
- 6. 51,821 November 18, 2006 vs Kansas State
- 7. 51,767 September 20, 2008 vs Sam Houston State
- 8. 51,750 November 5, 2005 vs Nebraska
- 9. 51,574 October 13, 1973 vs Kansas State
- 10. 51,525 November 14, 2009 vs Nebraska
- ^ http://www.buildings.ku.edu/m.shtml
- ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2008. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
- ^ http://www.buildings.ku.edu/m.shtml
- ^ New Turf
- ^ "Homecoming Weekend Starts with a Bang at Football Facility Groundbreaking" (Press release). University of Kansas. October 6, 2006. http://kuathletics.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/100606aaa.html. Retrieved 2006-10-07.
- ^ http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2009/sep/17/regents-approve-expansion-memorial-stadium/?sports
- ^ "KU-KSU Postgame Notes" (Press release). University of Kansas. November 18, 2006. http://kuathletics.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/111806aad.html. Retrieved 2006-11-18.
- ^ Postgame Notes Kansas 49, Northern Colorado 3 September 5, 2009
- ^ "Kansas Postgame Notes" (Press release). University of Kansas. November 26, 2005. http://kuathletics.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/093006aab.html. Retrieved 2006-10-07.
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University of Kansas Academics
Schools: School of Law • School of Business • School of Engineering • School of Medicine
Locations: Lawrence, KS • KU Medical Center
People: Notable alumni and faculty • Bernadette Gray-Little
Misc: Carrie • Center for International Political Analysis • Center for the Study of Science Fiction • Coal City Review • Kansas Geological Survey • Studio 804
Kansas Jayhawks Teams: Men's basketball • Football • Baseball • Women's basketball
Mascots: Big Jay • Baby Jay
Facilities: Allen Fieldhouse • University of Kansas Memorial Stadium • Hoglund Ballpark
People: Bill Self • Turner Gill • Gary Bender • Sheahon Zenger • Max Falkenstien
Misc: Rock Chalk, Jayhawk • Border War • Sunflower Showdown
Campus Student life Broadcasting History
History of the University of Kansas
Football stadiums of the Big 12 Conference
Floyd Casey Stadium (Baylor) • Jack Trice Stadium (Iowa State) • Memorial Stadium (Kansas) • Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium (Kansas State) • Faurot Field (Missouri) • Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (Oklahoma) • Boone Pickens Stadium (Oklahoma State) • Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium (Texas) • Kyle Field (Texas A&M) • Jones AT&T Stadium (Texas Tech)
College football venues in Kansas Division I
Big 12 Division II Mid-America NAIA Heart of America Kansas Collegiate
Adair-Austin Stadium (Friends) • Lindstrom Field (Bethany) • Thresher Stadium (Bethel) • Salina Stadium (Kansas Wesleyan University) • McPherson Stadium (McPherson) • Peoples Bank Field (Ottawa) • Saint Mary Field (Saint Mary) • Joel Wiens Stadium (Tabor) • Smisor Stadium (Sterling) • Richard L. Jantz Stadium (Southwestern)
Haskell Memorial Stadium (Haskell Indian Nations)
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