Ownby Stadium

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Ownby Stadium
Ownby Stadium is located in Texas
Ownby Stadium
Ownby Stadium
Ownby Stadium is located in the US
Ownby Stadium
Ownby Stadium
Address5800 Ownby Dr.
LocationUniversity Park, Texas
Coordinates32°50′22″N 96°46′56″W / 32.83944°N 96.78222°W / 32.83944; -96.78222Coordinates: 32°50′22″N 96°46′56″W / 32.83944°N 96.78222°W / 32.83944; -96.78222
OwnerSouthern Methodist University
OperatorSouthern Methodist University
Acreage1.2 acres (0.49 ha)
SurfaceNatural Grass
Broke ground1926 (1926)
Opened1926 (1926)
Closed1998 (1998)
DemolishedOctober 1998 (1998-10)
ArchitectDeWitt & Lemmon
BuilderOsborne Engineering Co.
SMU Mustangs (NCAA) (1926–1948, 1989–1994)
Dallas Tornado (NASL) (1976–1979)
Jordan C. Ownby Stadium
Architectural styleColonial Revival, Georgian Revival
MPSGeorgian Revival Buildings of Southern Methodist University TR (AD)
NRHP reference #80004093[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 27, 1980[2]
Removed from NRHPSeptember 23, 2004

Ownby Stadium was a stadium in the University Park suburb of Dallas, Texas. It was the home of the Southern Methodist University Mustang football team. In late 1998, the stadium was demolished to build Gerald J. Ford Stadium at the site.

Named for Jordon Ownby, the stadium was built at the south end of the campus. There was controversy at the time of the stadium's inception, as the school had spent the gift from Ownby on a stadium (per his wishes) rather than a full-sized library, which the school did not have at the time.[3]

As the Mustangs rose to prominence in the 1930s, they began scheduling an increasing number of games at the much larger Cotton Bowl, and finally moved there on a permanent basis in 1948,[4] while later moving to Texas Stadium. However, after massive rules violations resulted in the NCAA handing down the "death penalty" in 1987, SMU officials decided to move football games back to a heavily renovated Ownby Stadium.

From 1976 to 1979 the chief tenant at Ownby was the Dallas Tornado of the North American Soccer League.

The 23,783-seat stadium consisted of four grandstands, one on each side, with the west (home) side being larger than the rest. In late 1998, the stadium was demolished to make way for Gerald J. Ford Stadium, which stands on the same site.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2013-11-02). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "National Register of Historic Places" (PDF). Annual Listing of Historic Properties. National Park Service. February 3, 1981. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  3. ^ DES Newsletter, Volume IV, Issue IV, April 2005, smu.edu.
  4. ^ SMU Football - Historical Information