Dedicated to honoring Mecklenberg County Veterans who fought in World War I, American Legion Memorial Stadium is a historic landmark. Its reconstruction focused on preserving its features while enhancing visitor experience.
As a destination for community sporting events in Mecklenburg County and home to the USL’s Charlotte Independence, the stadium has a rich history. Opened in 1936, the original stadium was a result of President Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration public works program. The stadium has hosted everything from wrestling and concerts to band competitions and football games, becoming a beloved regional and local space to gather. The project has maintained the Historic Landmark Designation by replicating and respecting the style of the original design with the 100% recycled original stone field wall, replicated ticketing booths, and concrete walls at the top of the seating bowl.
The stadium also features competition support facilities which include a new video board, training room, referee room, and locker rooms. Additional upgraded amenities include the press box, restrooms, and concessions. Separations between these support structures create unique sightlines into – and out of – the venue, connecting the historic 10,500-capacity venue to the community.
An extensive public art program honors World War I veterans and also is visible from the inside and outside of the venue. The memorial, designed by artists Simon Donovan and Ben Olmstead, incorporates large-scale, symbolic sculptural relief walls depicting icons and heroes of the war. A simple, elegant sculptural relief of the American flag complements the imagery of soldiers.