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Stadium Bowl – still breathtaking after 100 years

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

“I know of nothing like it, nothing on this side of the water, and nothing abroad. While I had heard of your Stadium, I had no idea of what an extraordinary feature of your municipal life it is.”
– Teddy Roosevelt, 1911

Is there a more beautiful, more historic high school football field in the country than Stadium Bowl?

If there is, we haven’t seen or heard of it.

Stadium Bowl, with its spectacular outlook over Commencement Bay and its view of the Stadium High School “castle,” has hosted presidential visits, big sporting events and community celebrations. It was there that Babe Ruth put on a batting exhibition, John Philip Sousa and his band played to their largest seated audience ever, and a young Heath Ledger sang and danced while filming “10 Things I Hate About You.”

The iconic Tacoma landmark is celebrating its centennial today and Saturday with events ranging from a food drive (organizers hope to set a Guinness World Record for most food collected in a 24-hour period) and football game to an old-fashioned All Community Program.

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