McCook Field
LocationLawrence, Kansas
OwnerUniversity of Kansas
OperatorUniversity of Kansas
Capacity15,000
Construction
Opened1892
Closed1920
DemolishedMay 10, 1921[1]
Tenants
Kansas Jayhawks football (1892–1920)
Kansas Jayhawks baseball (1892-1920)

McCook Field was a stadium in Lawrence, Kansas. It hosted the University of Kansas Jayhawks football team until they moved to Memorial Stadium in 1921. The stadium held 15,000 people at its peak and was opened in 1892. The stadium was financed by John James McCook. The Jayhawks current stadium, David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, was built at the site of McCook Field.[1]

History and home field advantage

Kansas enjoyed much success in the years they played at McCook. In the 29 seasons at McCook, they compiled a home record of 101-23-8. Multiple coaching legends coached the Jayhawks during their tenure at McCook included Fielding Yost, who would go on to win 6 national championships at Michigan. He led Kansas to a 10–0 record in 1899, going 6–0 at McCook. John Outland, for whom the Outland trophy is named coached the 1901 season and was 2–2 at home. A.R. "Bert" Kennedy, the winningest coach in KU football history coached all of his seasons while McCook was the home field. His record at McCook was 32-3-1, including defeats against Nebraska, Notre Dame, Arkansas, and Oklahoma at McCook field. College basketball coaching legend Phog Allen coached the football team at McCook. Allen was undefeated at home, going 4-0-1.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b "Destroy it and they will come". KU.edu.
  2. ^ "Kansas Historical Data". December 27, 2013. Archived from the original on December 27, 2013.

Coordinates: 38°57′49″N 95°14′47″W / 38.96361°N 95.24639°W / 38.96361; -95.24639