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Postcard of the Stadium at Syracuse University

Postcard of the Stadium at Syracuse University

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Open-up postcard with a black and white photo of Archbold Stadium at Syracuse University. Archbold was named after John D. Archbold who donated a large sum of the construction costs. Archbold broke ground in 1905 and opened in 1907. Archbold was used for track and field as well as football. The stadium had several unique architectural features, including a castle-like facade for the main entrance and a covered grandstand. At its height, Archbold held 40,000 people however it was lowered to 26,000 due to fire codes. Considered too small for modern football, the stadium was closed in 1978 and demolished in 1979 to create space for the new Carrier Dome. The Carrier Dome is where Syracuse currently hosts football games which is named for HVAC manufacturer Carrier. However, despite the Carrier sponsorship, the dome has no heating or cooling. In the last game at Archbold, Syracuse defeated nationally ranked Navy 20-17. The Orangemen's overall record at Archbold was 265-112-20. The postcard depicts the field painted with both vertical and horizontal lines which is where the nickname "gridiron" came from.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
postcard
publisher
American Publicity Co.
associated institution
Syracuse University
maker
American Publicity Co.
place made
United States: New York, Syracuse
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11 in x 3 1/2 in; 27.94 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
1982.0568.187
accession number
1982.0568
catalog number
1982.0568.187
subject
Education
Sports
Football
collegiate
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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