Stadium – Watertown SD

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Description

In 1940, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) received funding for a $66,000 project to build a high school athletic field and stadium for the Watertown school district. The construction was completed in 1941, and the site included a baseball field, football field, running track, and seats for up to 5000 spectators. After completion, the stadium hosted the majority of football games played by the Watertown Arrows.

The site is still used today by the Watertown Arrows. The site has also been used for hosting musical concerts, and for launching fireworks for Fourth of July celebrations. In 2000, the site was registered under the National Register of Historic Places, preventing the site from being torn down.

Source notes

Information about the site's construction was taken from:
“18 Nov 1940, Page 9 - Argus-Leader at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com. Accessed December 5, 2020. https://www.newspapers.com/image/229109223/?terms=Watertown+Stadium+from+1920+-+1940+in+South+Dakota.

Information about how the site was used in the past was taken from:
“19 Aug 1941, Page 9 - Argus-Leader at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com. Accessed December 6, 2020. https://www.newspapers.com/image/229645722/?terms=Watertown+home+stadium. Accessed December 2020.

Information about how the site was used in the present taken from:
“Watertown Arrows Stadium: Visit Watertown.” visitwatertownsd.com. Accessed December 5, 2020. https://visitwatertownsd.com/directory/watertown-arrows-stadium/. Accessed December 2020.

Information about the site's registration to the National Register of Historic Places was taken from:
“Watertown Stadium.” National Parks Service. U.S. Department of the Interior. Accessed December 5, 2020. https://npgallery.nps.gov/NRHP/AssetDetail?assetID=27443141-f050-433a-8b4b-fb318b12a864. Accessed December 2020.

Project originally submitted by John Schoberg on December 10, 2020.

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Location Info


1600 W Kemp Ave
Watertown, South Dakota 57201

Coordinates: 44.902294, -97.1402239

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