In honor of the 150th academic year for Gustavus Adolphus College, there will be a series of articles this year in the St. Peter Herald sharing stories of the shared history, values and partnership between the college and the town.
Athletics have been a proud tradition in St. Peter for over 100 years, but it was in 1929 that sports in St. Peter finally “saw the light.” Gustavus Adolphus College played host to the first night football game ever in the state of Minnesota. St. Peter High School had the distinction of playing the first high school football game at night soon thereafter. The College’s then new stadium was completed in the summer of 1929. It cost the college $25,000 to construct. The 2,500-seat stadium boasted handball courts, locker rooms, dressing facilities and lights. It was constructed with the generous donations of alumni and of private citizens of St. Peter. Individuals donating toward the stadium were guaranteed a lifetime seat marked with their name.