Lost Landmark-Memorial Stadium, Johnson City (TN)

Memorial Stadium, Johnson City, Tennessee (Pic from Google Maps accessed 12/31/2010)

Memorial Stadium, originally called Roosevelt Stadium, was built in 1935 with Federal Works Project Administration funds.[i] It was demolished to make way for a new community center in July of 2010.   The stadium was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 19th, 2010, too late to stop demolition, which began on July 27th.

Memorial Stadium was the home of the Burley Bowl, which took place between 1945 and 1956.  This much anticipated event consisted of a parade held in downtown Johnson City in mid-morning, followed by a football game at Memorial Stadium in the afternoon.  Both heavily attended proceedings originated soon after the close of World War II as a way to celebrate the opening of the upcoming tobacco market season.

[i] Gray, Gary B.; “Community Center approved – Memorial Stadium to be demolished”; Johnson City Press.com; http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/News/article.php?ID=75658

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