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Francis Field, St Louis, Missouri, USA

Francis Field is a stadium in St. Louis which was used as the main stadium for the 1904 Summer Olympic Games. The stadium was built in 1902 for the 1904 World's Fair. It is one of St. Louis' registered historic landmarks.

For the 1904 Olympic Games, the stadium hosted the archery, athletics, cycling, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, roque, tug of war, weightlifting, and wrestling events. The tennis events were held on some dirt courts located outside the stadium.

photo of the Francis Field stadiumphoto of the Francis Field stadium taken from "The Olympic Games 1904", official report by Charles J.P. Lucas

Francis Field is located in the Washington University campus, and is currently used by the university's track and field, cross country, football, and soccer teams. The stadium once had a capacity of 19,000, but renovations in 1984 reduced the capacity to 3,300. Francis Field now is now covered by artificial Field Turf, which can be configured for both soccer and football.

Major Events Held at Francis Field

Here are just some of the major events that have been held at Francis Field:

Francis Field Trivia

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