Memorial Stadium, Seattle, Wa., United States

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Clubs: Seattle Reign FC (NWSL), Seattle Cascades (AUDL – Ultimate Frisbee), Seattle School District

Constructed: 1947

Capacity: 12.000 (17.000 in 1974 and 1975 )

Interesting facts:

  • 1962 Opening ceremony Seattle World Fair
  • 1967 First High School stadium using Astro turf
  • Finish of the Seattle Marathon

In the shadow of the EMP museum and the Space Needle lies the Seattle High School Memorial Stadium or Leon H. Brigham Field.

This by George W. Stoddard designed stadium was officially opened in 1947 with a Seattle High School Football jamboree with eight teams. In 1948 it became dedicated to the young people of Seattle who lost their lives in the Second World War.

In 1992, the current scoreboard was installed and the field was renamed to Leon H. Brigham field. Brigham was the first sports Director of the Seattle School District and a big proponent of the construction of the stadium.

Besides being the venue of the football matches of the Seattle School District this, for the United States, a-typical Stadium, also has a history with professional football matches. The Seattle Sounders spent their 1974 and 1975 seasons here before moving to the Kingdome. The second generation Sounders (the original team was disbanded in 1983) played here from their formation in 1994 until their move to Qwest Field in 2003. In 2014 the women’s section of the Sounders, the Seattle Reign, moved here, though with the capacity limited to 6,000.

The distinguishing feature of the stadium are the large covered all seated stands along the long side of the field. In my, admittedly limited, knowledge of American stadiums it is rather unique and gives the stadium an English vibe. Although it should be said that here in Seattle a covered stand certainly is no luxury.

Sources:

www.wikipedia.org

Seattle Reign Fc

40 years of Sounders – Sounderatheart.com