American Football Database
Palmer Stadium
Princeton - Palmer Stadium.jpg
Location Princeton, NJ
Broke ground June, 1914
Opened October 24, 1914
Closed November 23, 1996
Demolished Winter, 1997
Owner Princeton University
Operator Princeton University
Surface Natural Grass
Architect Henry J. Hardenburgh
Tenants Princeton Tigers
(Football & Track and Field) (1914-1996)
Capacity 42,000
File:Princeton - Palmer Stadium - 1914 - postcard.jpg

A souvenir postcard of Palmer Stadium in 1914.

Palmer Stadium was a stadium in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. It hosted the Princeton University Tigers football team, as well as the track and field team.[1] The stadium held 45,750 people at its peak and was opened in 1914 with a game against Dartmouth. It closed in 1996 with a game against Dartmouth. Princeton University Stadium was built on the site (albeit pushed slightly further north) in 1997. The building was named for Stephen S. Palmer, a trustee of the university, by his son, Edgar Palmer III. Like Harvard Stadium, it was horseshoe-shaped (which was modeled after the Greek Olympic Stadium), but was wider, including a full-sized track (around the football field) . It opened to the south (facing Lake Carnegie) and the grand main entrance was at the north.

It hosted the Division I NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship in 1981. From 1936 to its closing, the track's long-jump record was held by Jesse Owens.

Palmer Stadium also hosted the NFL's New York Giants for one exhibition game per year from 1965 -1975, the first ten years seeing them face the Philadelphia Eagles and then the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1975.


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