Barton Malow

American Legion Memorial Stadium

Mecklenburg County

American Legion Memorial Stadium Fireworks on Opening Night

American Legion Memorial Stadium on Opening Night

Dedicated to honoring Mecklenberg County Veterans who fought in World War I, American Legion Memorial Stadium is a historic landmark and its renovation focused on preserving its features while enhancing the 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 in Charlotte. 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.

Support buildings were also added, including restrooms, a press box, and four new concession buildings. Two of the new concession stands include full-service kitchens outfitted with gas-fired foodservice equipment and walk-in coolers. Separations between these support structures create unique sightlines into — and out of — the venue, connecting the historic 10,500-capacity venue to the community.

Honoring Our Veterans

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.