Skelly Field at H. A. Chapman Stadium

Skelly Field at HA Chapman Stadium (often shortened to HA Chapman Stadium) is a football stadium located on the campus of the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is primarily the home of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team. The stadium currently seats 30,000.

Skelly Field at HA Chapman Stadium
Skelly Stadium
The University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane against the Bearkats of Sam Houston State, September 26, 2009
H. A. Chapman Stadium is located in Oklahoma
H. A. Chapman Stadium
H. A. Chapman Stadium
Location in Oklahoma
H. A. Chapman Stadium is located in the United States
H. A. Chapman Stadium
H. A. Chapman Stadium
Location in the United States
Former namesSkelly Field (1930–1947)
Skelly Stadium (1947–2007)
Location3112 East 8th Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Coordinates36°8′55″N 95°56′38″W / 36.14861°N 95.94389°W / 36.14861; -95.94389Coordinates: 36°8′55″N 95°56′38″W / 36.14861°N 95.94389°W / 36.14861; -95.94389
OwnerUniversity of Tulsa
OperatorUniversity of Tulsa
Capacity30,000 (2008–present)
35,542 (2005–2007)
40,385 (1965–2004)
19,500 (1947–1964)
14,500 (1930–1946)
SurfaceGrass (1930–1971)
Tartan Turf (1972–1981)
Astroturf (1982–1990)
Stadia Turf (1991–1999)
FieldTurf (2000–present)
Broke groundMay 11, 1930
OpenedOctober 4, 1930
Construction cost$275,000 (all in tax money) (approximate, original)
($4.21 million in 2019 dollars[1])
ArchitectSmith & Senter Architects[2]
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (NCAA) (1930–present)
Tulsa Roughnecks (NASL) (1978–1984)
Oklahoma Outlaws (USFL) (1984)
Tulsa Tornados (USL) (1985)


Skelly Field (as it was originally known) was built in 1930 as a 14,500-seat stadium. It was named for its primary benefactor, William Skelly, the founder of Skelly Oil. Tulsa defeated Arkansas 26–6 at the opening game on October 4, 1930.[3]

In 1947, the north stands were added and the stadium was renamed Skelly Stadium. In 1965, the track was removed, the field was lowered, the west stands were expanded and the south stands were added, bringing the total capacity to 40,385 seats. In February 2005, the north stands were demolished to make way for the new Case Athletic Complex, reducing the seating capacity to 35,542.[3] In 2007–2008, the stadium was renovated, reducing capacity to 30,000 [4]

The stadium, located on historic U.S. Route 66, hosted the Oklahoma Outlaws of the USFL in 1984. Skelly was once the principal home field for two American football legends – future NFL Hall-of-Famer (and later U.S. Congressman) Steve Largent when he played for the University of Tulsa and Doug Williams of the Oklahoma Outlaws, who later was a Super Bowl MVP for the Washington Redskins. The stadium was also home to the Tulsa Roughnecks of the North American Soccer League 1978–1984 and the short-lived Tulsa Mustangs of the AFA.

The stadium's attendance record was established on September 26, 1987, when 47,350 fans watched Tulsa lose to Oklahoma, 65–0.[3]

On April 26, 2007 it was reported that, with a renovation project underway, the stadium was renamed as Skelly Field at H. A. Chapman Stadium after the primary benefactor of the renovation.[5]

The stadium is also used for Union Public Schools versus Jenks Public Schools football games.

Largest attendanceEdit

The record attendance of Skelly Field is 47,350 when #1 Oklahoma visited Tulsa on September 13, 1986.[6][7]

Rank Date Attendance Winner Result Loser
1 September 16, 1987 47,350 #1 Oklahoma 65–0 Tulsa
2 September 13, 1986 41,235 Tulsa 27–23 Oklahoma State
3 September 9, 1989 40,785 Tulsa 20–10 Oklahoma State
4 September 18, 1993 40,385 Oklahoma State 16–10 Tulsa
5 September 20, 1997 40,385 Missouri 42–21 Tulsa
6 September 12, 1998 40,385 Tulsa 35–20 Oklahoma State
7 September 9, 2000 40,385 Oklahoma State 36–26 Tulsa
8 August 30, 2002 40,385 #1 Oklahoma 37–0 Tulsa
9 November 17, 1990 40,385 Tulsa 20–2 Montana State
10 September 29, 1984 40,385 #10 Oklahoma State 31–7 Tulsa


The newly renovated H. A. Chapman Stadium.

The stadium was renovated following the end of the 2007 football season. The project included new seating, a new pressbox, club and loge seating, and a new scoreboard. With the removal of the upper section of the west stands, seating capacity dropped to approximately 30,000, which made Chapman Stadium the smallest stadium in Conference USA.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "Leon Bishop Senter, FAIA (1889–1965)". Tulsa Architecture. Archived from the original on January 22, 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium". Retrieved October 21, 2007.
  4. ^ "TU Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium". Retrieved August 14, 2009.
  5. ^ Eric Bailey (April 26, 2007). "TU's stadium changes titles, but Skelly name not forgotten". Tulsa World.
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