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 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.
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.
Events Held at Francis Field
Here are just some of the major events that have been held at Francis Field:
- 1904 Summer Olympic Games
Francis Field Trivia
- The stadium is named after David Rowland Francis, who was instrumental on getting the 1904 Summer Olympics to St. Louis.
- The attached gymnasium was the site of four U.S. presidential debates in 1992, 2000, 2004, and 2016.
- During both the 1984 and 1996 Olympic Torch relays, the Olympic Flame passed by Francis Field on its way to the site of the Olympic Games.
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