Al Papik Field & Lauritsen Track

 

Originally called Simon Field, the playing surface in Memorial Stadium, was constructed in 1929 following a generous gift from G. Eli Simon, a Nebraska attorney and father of a graduating senior. The field, which features new FieldTurf installed in 2011, is used by the college and the community for numerous football and soccer games throughout the year. In 2013, the football field was rededicated and named for Al Papik '50, a legendary coach for Tiger football as well as a longtime administrator at Doane. Lauritsen Track is named for the late Walter Lauritsen ’30, an outstanding former athlete in basketball, football and track and field.  As chairman of the Board of Trustees, he did much to further the academic and financial advancement of the college. Memorial Stadium was officially dedicated Nov. 11, 1948, as the Doane-Crete Memorial Stadium, honoring veterans of both world wars. Simon Field and Lauritsen Track are features of the stadium.

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