HARVARD UNIVERSITY’S SOLDIERS FIELD, 1907
Harvard Stadium, also known as Soldiers' Field, stands on the banks of the
Charles River in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Built
in 1903 to serve as the home field for the Harvard Crimson football team,
it took only four and a half months to construct. The nation's oldest stadium,
it was the first large permanent arena for college athletics and the model for
other sports facilities, such as Chicago's Soldiers' Field designed by the same
architect. One of the largest structures of its time, it seated over 57,000 until
1951, when the steel bleachers at the end of the field were removed, lowering
it to its current capacity of 30,323.
Although early doubters thought the concrete structure would not withstand
northern winters, Harvard Stadium remains the home of the Crimson to the
present day, and has been used for numerous other sporting and cultural events,
including as the soccer venue for the 1984 summer Olympics.