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'''Zable Stadium''' is the [[College of William and Mary]]'s main football venue. It is located between the [[University Center]] and the [[Alumni House]]. The north end of the stadium faces Richmond Road. Closely related athletic facilities include the [[Jimmye Laycock Football Center]] and [[Cary Field]].
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'''Zable Stadium''' is the [[College of William and Mary]]'s main football and track and field venue. It is located between the [[Sadler Center]] and the [[Alumni House]]. The [[Jimmye Laycock Football Center]] is next to the stadium. Before its dedication as Zable Stadium in 1990, it was known as [[Cary Field]] or Cary Field Stadium. The north end of the stadium faces Richmond Road.  
  
 
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In 2000, Walter Zable committed another $6.8 million to the construction of a new football center and improvements to the stadium. Permanent lights were added in 2005 and artificial turf - "Field Turf" - was laid in 2006.
 
In 2000, Walter Zable committed another $6.8 million to the construction of a new football center and improvements to the stadium. Permanent lights were added in 2005 and artificial turf - "Field Turf" - was laid in 2006.
  
==Photographs==
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==Material in the Special Collections Research Center==
 
*''[[Colonial Echo]]''
 
*''[[Colonial Echo]]''
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*''[[Flat Hat]]''
 
*[http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=6513 University Archives Photograph Collection], Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, The College of William and Mary. including P1998.177 and many others.
 
*[http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=6513 University Archives Photograph Collection], Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, The College of William and Mary. including P1998.177 and many others.
*Buildings and Grounds--Zable Stadium, University Archives Subject File Collection
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*Buildings and Grounds--Zable Stadium, University Archives Subject File CollectionSpecial Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, The College of William and Mary.
*William and Mary News, 4/24/96, p. 3; 10/16/96, p. 5
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*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-JHvbGmDnY&list=PL2B53BB68626E7470&index=3&feature=plpp_video Dedication of Walter J. Zable Stadium], 1990, from a video in the University Archives Audiovisual Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, The College of William and Mary.
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*''William and Mary News'', 4/24/96, p. 3; 10/16/96, p. 5.
  
 
==References==
 
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Revision as of 17:38, 16 April 2012

Zable Stadium is the College of William and Mary's main football and track and field venue. It is located between the Sadler Center and the Alumni House. The Jimmye Laycock Football Center is next to the stadium. Before its dedication as Zable Stadium in 1990, it was known as Cary Field or Cary Field Stadium. The north end of the stadium faces Richmond Road.

Zable Stadium

Constructed: 1935

Named for: Walter J. Zable

Renovated: 1979, 2005

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In 1935, the College petitioned the Public Works Administration for funding to construct a number of buildings on campus. Tax-payer dollars, however, could not be used for the construction of athletic facilities. Rumors persist to this day that in order to secure funding, the College masqueraded the construction of the football stadium as an "agricultural exposition" or "amphiteater." Individuals who adhere to this interpretation note the missing section of seats along the fifty-yard lines, which they claim was designed to allow cattle to enter the grounds. The stadium was constructed at a cost of $170,000 (30% of which was supported by the PWA). The structure was designed by J. Bindford Walford and adhered to the neo-Georgian architecture prominent throughout the campus. The stadium is in the shape of a horseshoe with an arcade facing Richmond Road.

In 1979, the stadium underwent a $1 million renovation which raised seating capacity to 15,000, disposed of the original wooden bleachers, repaired masonry, crowned the field, and improved locker and equipment rooms. In 1990, the stadium finally received a formal name - Walter J. Zable Stadium - in honor of a $10 million donation made by Walter J. and Betty C. Zable, the former a track and football star during his time at William and Mary. In 1996, the north gate facing Richmond Road was named the John Harvard Randolph '64 Alumni Gate.

In 2000, Walter Zable committed another $6.8 million to the construction of a new football center and improvements to the stadium. Permanent lights were added in 2005 and artificial turf - "Field Turf" - was laid in 2006.


Material in the Special Collections Research Center

  • Colonial Echo
  • Flat Hat
  • University Archives Photograph Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, The College of William and Mary. including P1998.177 and many others.
  • Buildings and Grounds--Zable Stadium, University Archives Subject File CollectionSpecial Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, The College of William and Mary.
  • Dedication of Walter J. Zable Stadium, 1990, from a video in the University Archives Audiovisual Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, The College of William and Mary.
  • William and Mary News, 4/24/96, p. 3; 10/16/96, p. 5.

References

  • University Archives Buildings File (2007), Zable Stadium, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, The College of William and Mary.

Need help?

To search for further material, see Finding Materials in the SCRC for an introduction to the SCRC Collections Database, card catalogs, Flat Hat-William & Mary News-Alumni Gazette index, etc.

Questions? Contact the SCRC at spcoll@wm.edu or 221-3090, or visit the Special Collections Research Center in the Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William and Mary (hours).

A Note About The Contents Of This Wiki
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