Tuesday, June 24, 2014

#38: Francis Field

St. Louis was host to the Summer Olympics in 1904, having been the first city in the Western hemisphere to have the Olympics. By the way, that same year, there was also the World's Fair. So it is without doubt, 1904 was 'the year' of St. Louis.

  • Francis Field is part of the campus of Washington University, and it is used for football, track, and many other outdoor sports
  • Opened in 1904, it is one of the oldest outdoor sports venues on the western side of the Mississippi River that is still being used
  • It is named after David R. Francis, who had quite a resume for a politician (see his Wikipedia page for more details). Francis was president of the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Expedition.
  • Up until 1984, the field seated 19,000. Today it seats 4,000.
  • The professional soccer team, The St. Louis Stars, once played here in the 1960s
The cake, which past tribute to the 1904 Olympic games:
Left side of the cake

Right side of the cake
NOTE: There are many Francis Fields around the country, including nearby Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois!

Wikipedia link
Francis Field on Washington University's website

6900 Forsyth Boulevard, ST. LOUIS, MO, 63105
Cake artist: April Morrison

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