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FRANCIS FIELD

Francis Field

Washington University's Francis Field and Gymnasium were the site of the 1904 Olympic Games, the first international games to be held in the Western Hemisphere.  Following the '04 Olympics, it became the permanent home of the Bears, who were formerly known as the Pikers.  During the the '20s, '30s, '40s and '50s, Washington University's prosperous, golden pigskin days, the teams played,  before crowds as large as 19,000, half of them seated in temporary wooden stands,  such teams as Notre Dame, SMU, Missouri, Nebraska, Army, Oklahoma and Boston College.

In July of 1994, Francis Field served as a centerpiece for the U.S. Olympic Festival as 3,000 athletes were housed on the 169-acre Hilltop Campus for the country's top amateur sporting events.

 

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