Spratt Stadium
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Spratt Stadium
Spratt Memorial Stadium
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LocationSt. Joseph, Missouri
OwnerMissouri Western State University
OperatorMissouri Western State University
Capacity10,000
SurfaceArtificial
Opened1979
Tenants
Missouri Western Griffons football (NCAA) (1979-present)

Spratt Memorial Stadium is a 7,500 seat stadium in St. Joseph, Missouri, United States, on the campus of Missouri Western State University. In 2010, it became the summer training camp for the Kansas City Chiefs.

History

Spratt opened in 1979. Previously Missouri Western played at municipal owned Noyes Field by Central High School. It is named for Elliot Spratt, an executive with Hillyard, Inc. whose family has donated money for numerous buildings on the campus.

Missouri Western opened stadium with a 44-0 victory over Dana College.

Initial cost was $850,000 Lights were added in 1985.

In 2006 its grass turf was replaced by artificial turf manufactured by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based ProGrass Synthetic Turf Systems[1]

The stadium initially could seat 6,000 but was expanded in 2009 to accommodate 7,500. There is grass seating on an adjoining hill. The biggest crowds are for the Northwest Missouri-Missouri Western football rivalry including 10,129 in 2009 and 9,207 in 2007[2]

From 1998 to 2007 the stadium hosted the Missouri 8-Man High School Football Championship, taking over from longtime host Bearcat Stadium. The games were then moved to the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis with the 11-man championships. Currently, the 8-Man championships are played at the University of Missouri.

Kansas City Chiefs Training Center

Chiefs training camp building adjacent to the school's "MWSU" hillside letters

In 2009 Missouri Western signed a contract for the Kansas City Chiefs to move to the stadium from River Falls, Wisconsin, in 2010. A $10.5 million 118,000-square-foot (11,000 m2) facility was built just west of the stadium between it and I-29 on a former softball field. It includes a full-size indoor football field, a locker room, weight room, training room, coaches' offices, meeting rooms and a lecture hall. It is designed by St. Joseph architect Jeff Ellison of Ellison-Auxier Architects. The Chiefs occupy it three weeks each year and the Griffons access it the rest of the year.[3]

References

  1. ^ prograssturf.com - Retrieved September 29, 2009
  2. ^ Missouri Western Media Guide 2009 - gogriffins.com Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-14. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

Coordinates: 39°45?43?N 94°47?10?W / 39.762022°N 94.785978°W / 39.762022; -94.785978


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