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O'Brien Field is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose stadium in Charleston, Illinois.[3] It is home to the Eastern Illinois University Panthers football and track and field teams. O’Brien Field is name after Maynard O'Brien who coached football and track at Eastern Illinois University.[4] The stadium features a nine-lane track and in 2004 an artificial turf field was installed. In 2009 a state of the art scoreboard was installed on the north end of the field with a video board and new sound system.

O'Brien Field
Former namesLincoln Field
Location100 Grant Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Coordinates39°28′50″N 88°10′52″W / 39.48056°N 88.18111°W / 39.48056; -88.18111Coordinates: 39°28′50″N 88°10′52″W / 39.48056°N 88.18111°W / 39.48056; -88.18111
OwnerEastern Illinois University
OperatorEastern Illinois University
Capacity10,000
Record attendance12,600
November 9, 1980
(vs. Northern Iowa)
SurfacePro-Grass
Construction
Broke ground1968[1]
Opened1970
Renovated1999
Construction cost$1.7 million[2]
ArchitectAtkins, Barrow & Graham, Inc.[2]
Tenants
Eastern Illinois Panthers (NCAA) (1970–present)

The stadium served as the summer home for the former St. Louis Cardinals football team in 1976 and 1977 and again from 1982-87.

The record attendance for O'Brien Field was 12,600 on November 9, 1980 vs. Northern Iowa. The all-time Win-Loss-Tie record at O'Brien Field is 178-90-3 as of the end of the 2018 football season.

The stadium also plays host to the IHSA State Finals in track and field every year.

O’Brien Home RecordsEdit

Home Records
Year Record
1970 1-4
1971 4-1
1972 0-5
1973 2-4
1974 3-2
1975 2-1-2
1976 3-3
1977 1-3
1978 7-0
1979 4-3
1980 7-0
1981 5-1
1982 7-0
1983 5-1
1984 4-2
1985 5-1
1986 7-1
1987 3-2
1988 4-2
1989 6-0
1990 3-2
1991 4-1
1992 4-1
1993 1-2-1
1994 4-2
1995 6-0
1996 3-2
1997 4-1
1998 3-3
1999 4-1
2000 5-0
2001 5-1
2002 5-0
2003 3-3
2004 3-2
2005 4-2
2006 5-1
2007 3-2
2008 3-2
2009 3-2
2010 1-4
2011 1-4
2012 5-0
2013 6-1
2014 3-2
2015 3-2
2016 2-3
2017 3-2
2018 2-3
Totals
49 Years
178-90-3[5]
.662

O’Brien AttendanceEdit

Attendance
Year Games Total Attendance Average Attendance Highest Game Attendance Lowest Game Attendance
2002 5 35,030 7,006 10,731 3,740
2007 5 37,058 7,412 9,861 3,083
2008 5 25,447 5,090 7,996 1,919
2009 5 38,847 7,770 11,271 3,509
2010 5 28,443 5,689 8,007 4,311
2011 5 37,937 7,588 9,111 6,157
2012 5 35,681 7,137 9,154 5,319
2013 7 56,086 8,013 11,569 3,850
2014 5 32,476 6,496 9,169 2,170
2015 5 28,387 5,678 8,104 1,438
2016 5 29,067 5,814 7,907 3,054
2017 5 24,750 4,950 8,176 2,828
2018 5 26,985 5,397 7,670 2,149

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nostalgia Surrounds O'Brien" (PDF). Eastern Illinois University. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Illinois January 21". Engineering News-Record. New York City: McGraw-Hill. 182 (1): 38. 1969.
  3. ^ "O'Brien Field". eiupanthers.com. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  4. ^ "O'Brien Field" (PDF). p. 140. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "2018 EIU Football Media Guide page 140" (PDF). Retrieved May 29, 2019.

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