Thursday, October 15, 2009

Farrington Field: Built for the Mites

The Mighty Mites pulled in crowds that packed the stadiums in Texas. When the orphan team crowds began attracting tens of thousands of fans that could no longer be contained in Fort Worth's 5,000-seat La Grave Field down on the Trinity River, they would play in the city's largest stadium, TCU college's Amon G. Carter Stadium.

But the popularity and appeal of the skinny kids from the tiny orphanage convinced Fort Worth to construct a brand new stadium on prime real estate in the shadows of downtown. In 1939 the 18,500-seat Farrington Field opened and remains today the second largest stadium behind TCU's Amon Carter and the art-deco style facility is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a Texas Architectural Landmark, a city landmark and Texas Historic Landmark.

The stadium is still in use by the public school system in Fort Worth and the city's mayor has said he would help with whatever is needed to film scenes for the movie at the stadium.

image credit for full stadium



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