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Skelly Field At H. A. Chapman Stadium
Skelly Field at H. A. Chapman Stadium
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The University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane against the Bearkats of Sam Houston State, September 26, 2009
H. A. Chapman Stadium is located in Oklahoma
H. A. Chapman Stadium
H. A. Chapman Stadium
Location in Oklahoma
H. A. Chapman Stadium is located in the United States
H. A. Chapman Stadium
H. A. Chapman Stadium
Location in the United States
Former namesSkelly Field (1930-1947)
Skelly Stadium (1947-2007)
Location3112 East 8th Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Coordinates36°8?55?N 95°56?38?W / 36.14861°N 95.94389°W / 36.14861; -95.94389Coordinates: 36°8?55?N 95°56?38?W / 36.14861°N 95.94389°W / 36.14861; -95.94389
OwnerUniversity of Tulsa
OperatorUniversity of Tulsa
Capacity30,000 (2008-present)
35,542 (2005-2007)
40,385 (1965-2004)
19,500 (1947-1964)
14,500 (1930-1946)
SurfaceGrass (1930-1971)
Tartan Turf (1972-1981)
Astroturf (1982-1990)
Stadia Turf (1991-1999)
FieldTurf (2000-present)
Construction
Broke groundMay 11, 1930
OpenedOctober 4, 1930
Construction cost$275,000 (all in tax money) (approximate, original)
($4.21 million in 2019 dollars[1])
ArchitectSmith & Senter Architects[2]
Tenants
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (NCAA) (1930-present)
Tulsa Roughnecks (NASL) (1978-1984)
Oklahoma Outlaws (USFL) (1984)
Tulsa Tornados (USL) (1985)

Skelly Field at H. A. Chapman Stadium is an outdoor football stadium located on the campus of the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Commonly known as H. A. Chapman Stadium, it is the home field for the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane of the American Athletic Conference. The venue opened in 1930 and currently seats around 30,000 fans for football, since renovation completed in 2008.[3][4]

History

Skelly Field (as it was originally known) was built in 1930 as a 14,500-seat stadium. It was named for its primary benefactor, William Skelly, the founder of Skelly Oil. Tulsa defeated Arkansas 26-6 at the opening game on October 4, 1930.[5]

In 1947, the north stands were added and the stadium was renamed Skelly Stadium. In 1965, the track was removed, the field was lowered, the west stands were expanded and the south stands were added, bringing the total capacity to 40,385 seats. In February 2005, the north stands were demolished to make way for the new Case Athletic Complex, reducing the seating capacity to 35,542.[5] In 2007-2008, the stadium was renovated, reducing capacity to 30,000 [6]

The stadium, located on historic U.S. Route 66, hosted the Oklahoma Outlaws of the USFL in 1984. Skelly was once the principal home field for two American football legends - future NFL Hall-of-Famer (and later U.S. Congressman) Steve Largent when he played for the University of Tulsa and Doug Williams of the Oklahoma Outlaws, who later was a Super Bowl MVP for the Washington Redskins. The stadium was also home to the Tulsa Roughnecks of the North American Soccer League 1978-1984 and the short-lived Tulsa Mustangs of the AFA.

The stadium's attendance record was established on September 26, 1987, when 47,350 fans watched Tulsa lose to Oklahoma, 65-0.[5]

On April 26, 2007 it was reported that, with a renovation project underway, the stadium was renamed as Skelly Field at H. A. Chapman Stadium after the primary benefactor of the renovation.[7]

The stadium is also used for Union Public Schools versus Jenks Public Schools football games.

Atttendance records

The highest attended game in stadium history was 47,350 on September 26, 1987 against No. 1 -- ranked Oklahoma.[8][9]

Top Ten Single Game Attendance

Rank Attendance Date Winning team Losing team
1 47,350 September 26, 1987 No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners 65 Tulsa Golden Hurricane 0
2 41,235 September 13, 1985 Tulsa Golden Hurricane 27 Oklahoma State Cowboys 23
3 40,785 September 9, 1989 Tulsa Golden Hurricane 20 Oklahoma State Cowboys 10
4 40,385 September 9, 1989 Oklahoma State Cowboys 16 Tulsa Golden Hurricane 10
5 40,385 September 20, 1997 Missouri Tigers 42 Tulsa Golden Hurricane 21
6 40,385 September 12, 1998 Tulsa Golden Hurricane 35 Oklahoma State Cowboys 20
7 40,385 September 9, 2000 Oklahoma State Cowboys 26 Tulsa Golden Hurricane 26
8 40,385 August 30, 2002 No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners 27 Tulsa Golden Hurricane 0
9 40,385 November 17, 1990 Tulsa Golden Hurricane 20 Montana State 2
10 40,235 September 29, 1983 Oklahoma State Cowboys 31 Tulsa Golden Hurricane 7

Largest season attendance average

The highest attendance average in a season was 31,236 in 1991 with 7 games.[10][11]

Rank Season Attendance Average Games
1 1991 31,236 7
2 1965 28,899 4
3 1982 28,355 5
4 1989 25,388 5
5 1993 25,077 5
6 1992 24,883 6
7 1996 24,814 5
8 1995 24,538 6
9 1987 24,074 4
10 1990 23,917 5

Wins

Tulsa's Victories at Skelly Field

Win Date Opponent Score Attendance
First win October 4, 1930 Arkansas Razorbacks 26-6 30,000
25th win October 27, 1934 Kansas State Wildcats 21-0 12,000
50th win October 18, 1941 Saint Louis Billikens 33-7
75th win November 22, 1945 Arkansas Razorbacks 45-12
100th win November 10, 1951 Kansas State Wildcats 42-26
125th win November 15, 1958 Texas Tech Red Raiders 9-7
150th win October 23, 1965 Cincinnati Bearcats 49-8
175th win September 29, 1973 Cincinnati Bearcats 16-13
200th win November 3, 1979 Wichita State Shockers 28-26
225th win October 20, 1984 Wichita State Shockers 55-20
250th win November 16, 1991 Louisville Cardinals 40-0
275th win September 20, 2003 Arkansas State Indians (Red Wolves) 54-7
290th win November 26, 2006 Tulane Green Wave 38-3
200th win October 24, 2008 UCF Knights 49-19

Renovation

The newly renovated H. A. Chapman Stadium.
The newly renovated H. A. Chapman Stadium.

The stadium was renovated following the end of the 2007 football season. The project included new seating, a new pressbox, club and loge seating, and a new scoreboard. With the removal of the upper section of the west stands, seating capacity dropped to approximately 30,000, which made Chapman Stadium the smallest stadium in Conference USA.

See also

References

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800-". Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Leon Bishop Senter, FAIA (1889-1965)". Tulsa Architecture. Archived from the original on January 22, 2016. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ https://tulsahurricane.com/news/2015/6/4/FB_0604152438.aspx#:~:text=Ground%2Dbreaking%20ceremonies%20were%20held,hand%20for%20the%20first%20game.
  4. ^ https://tulsaworld.com/archive/flip-this-house/article_e93d954c-4067-5278-98da-3d0a46062733.html
  5. ^ a b c "Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium". Retrieved 2007.
  6. ^ "TU Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium". Retrieved 2009.
  7. ^ Eric Bailey (April 26, 2007). "TU's stadium changes titles, but Skelly name not forgotten". Tulsa World.
  8. ^ https://tulsahurricane.com/sports/2015/4/21/GEN_201401017.aspx
  9. ^ http://www.soonerstats.com/football/seasons/schedule.cfm?seasonid=1987
  10. ^ https://tulsahurricane.com/sports/2015/4/21/GEN_201401017.aspx
  11. ^ http://www.soonerstats.com/football/seasons/schedule.cfm?seasonid=1987

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