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Francis Field
Gates to Francis Field - Danforth Campus of Washington University in St. Louis.jpg
LocationSt. Louis, Missouri
OwnerWashington University in St. Louis
OperatorWashington University in St. Louis
Capacity3,300
19,000 (previous)
SurfaceFieldTurf
Construction
Broke ground1903
Opened1904
ArchitectCope and Stewardson
Tenants
Washington University Bears (NCAA) (1905–present)
St. Louis Stars (NASL) (1975–77)
Website
http://bearsports.wustl.edu/facilities/francis-field

Francis Olympic Field is a stadium at Washington University in St. Louis that was used as the main stadium for the 1904 Summer Olympics. It is currently used by the university's track and field, cross country, football, and soccer teams. It is located in St. Louis County, Missouri on the far western edge of the university's Danforth Campus. Built in time for the 1904 World's Fair, the stadium once had a 19,000-person seating capacity, but stadium renovations in 1984 reduced the capacity to 3,300 people. It is one of the oldest sports venues west of the Mississippi River that is still in use. Francis Olympic Field now utilizes artificial Field Turf, which can be configured for both soccer and football.

Francis Olympic Field was named for former Missouri governor and president of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition David R. Francis in October 1907.[1] The word "Olympic" was added in 2019 to reflect its role in the 1904 Summer Olympics.[2]

  1. ^ "Washington Stadium Now Called Francis Field", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, p. 31, October 27, 1907
  2. ^ https://www.washubears.com/facilities/francis-olympic-field

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