|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.
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.