A Flashback to Old Lexington, Let's Visit Stoll Field!
Stoll Field/McLean Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. It was the home of the University of Kentucky Wildcats football team. The field was in use since 1880, but the concrete stands were opened in October 1916, and closed following the 1972 season, and was replaced by Commonwealth Stadium. From this picture, you can see the sidewalk on the left side that now sits in front of Memorial Coliseum. Stoll Field was the site of the very First football game ever played in the South and the site of the first football game ever played in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in 1933 when Kentucky defeated Sewanee 7-0.
My parents always tell me stories of going to Stoll Field to watch the Kentucky games. My mom said it was an era where everyone very much dressed up in their Sunday best to attend the games. She remembers that all the seats were wooden and that after the games, you were allowed to walk across the actual field. My brother was about 4 years old and he said he didn't remember much but does recall that there was ivy growing up the walls of the stadium. It was great hearing the stories from my family about Stoll Field. I bet someone in your family has interesting stories too. Just ask!
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