Finished within a year, the grandstand’s heavy timber beams could hold up to 1,200 people. Beneath the grandstand, Springfield College planned to build storage rooms, a dressing room, a massage room with fifteen tables, washrooms, bathrooms, a “comfortable ladies’ room,” a ticket office, a locker room with two hundred lockers, and a check room. Before the construction of Pratt Field, the college’s outdoor athletics were confined to a single field south of the gymnasium. This area had become inadequate for their needs, and so on December 3, 1909, Springfield College had plans drawn for a track, football field, baseball diamond, and six tennis courts. They planned for the courts to have cement bottoms that could be flooded in winter and converted into a large ice rink for hockey. They also decided to erect an eight-foot concrete fence around the property, one of the first of its kind ever built. On March 18, 1910, Herbert L. Pratt offered to pay the entire cost of construction. The field formally opened in the fall of 1910, in connection with a football game. More information about Pratt Field can be found in “The Pratt Athletic Field” by Elmer Berry (The Association Seminar, vol. 19, no. 09, June 1911).
Text on border reads, "Old South Field YMCA College; No. 1 Somerset St., Boston."; Though text says old South Field, structure shown has been verified as the Pratt Field Grandstand and it is believed that the slide was mislabeled;
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