Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Rock Bowl Stadium

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Institution Name: Loras College
Original/Historic Place Name: Loras Field
Location on Campus: Center of Campus
Date(s) of Construction:
1939-1940original construction Krajewski, C. I.
Designer: Clay Ignatius (C.I.) Krajewski
Type of Place: Landscape site
Style: (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, engineering, history, landscape
Narrative: see below
References: see below
ca. 1939-present (2006)stadium

The Rock Bowl Stadium, originally called Loras Field, was built between 1939-1940. Clay Ignatius Krajewski, a local architect who went on to work in Chicago, designed the stadium. Built from a natural depression, the field is surrounded by a rocky, grassy hillside. The Rock Bowl seats 7,500 people and is heavily used by the College for football, track and field, and other sporting events. It has also been a source of health and fitness for the community. The track is used each summer during the youth summer sports camp, and the public is allowed to walk/run along the track, which was resurfaced in 1988. There are programs hosted by Loras College in which local citizens can enroll to develop fitness and health skills, and local schools use the track for practices, track meets, and for fun. It is a wonderful resource for the community. Furthermore, the Rock Bowl is the home for commencement ceremonies when the weather permits.


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