Memorial Stadium History:


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Memorial Stadium, standing at the northeast corner of the Seattle Center grounds, was built to honor former Seattle high school youths who gave their lives in World War II.

Designed by Seattle architect George W. Stoddard, it was dedicated in 1948. A memorial wall inscribed with the names of the war dead, over 700 names in all, was erected outside the stadium a year later.

On November 25, 1948, Memorial Stadium hosted Seattle’s firstcity-wide television broadcast when the 1948 Turkey Day game between Wenatchee and West Seattle was shown on KRSC-TV (now KING-TV).

In 1982, the stadium was the site of the Opening Ceremonies for theSeattle World’s Fair. In 1967, it became the first high school stadium in the country with artificial turf.

The current name above the scoreboard, Leon H. Brigham Field, is a tribute to the Seattle School District’s first Director of Athletics, a long-time high school football coach who pushed for the creation of Memorial Stadium.

Memorial Stadium has served as home turf for numerous pro and semi-pro sports teams over the years. Today, in addition to high school football games, Memorial Stadium is home field for Seattle Reign FC, Seattle’s NWSL team. It also hosts concerts, adult recreational league soccer, and flag football. On November 25, 1948, Memorial Stadium hosted Seattle’s firstcity-wide television broadcast when the 1948 Turkey Day game between Wenatchee and West Seattle was shown on KRSC-TV (now KING-TV).

In 1982, the stadium was the site of the Opening Ceremonies for theSeattle World’s Fair. In 1967, it became the first high school stadium in the country with artificial turf.

The current name above the scoreboard, Leon H. Brigham Field, is a tribute to the Seattle School District’s first Director of Athletics, a long-time high school football coach who pushed for the creation of Memorial Stadium.

Memorial Stadium has served as home turf for numerous pro and semi-pro sports teams over the years. Today, in addition to high school football games, Memorial Stadium is home field for Seattle Reign FC, Seattle’s NWSL team. It also hosts concerts, adult recreational league soccer, and flag football.