War Memorial Stadium was built in the 1930s in Buffalo, New York and was home to a number of different sports, teams, and events over the years. It earned the nickname The Rockpile from locals and was a big part of the city’s history. Here is a look at some interesting facts and little known information surrounding historic War Memorial Stadium.
-When it was built in 1937, it was originally named Roesch Memorial Stadium.
-For one year, in 1937, the stadium was renamed Grover Cleveland Stadium. It then operated as the Civic Stadium from 1938 to 1960 when the name was changed once again, this time to War Memorial Stadium.
-Two different Bills football teams called the stadium home. First the Buffalo Bills of the AAFC from 1946 to 1949 and then the Buffalo Bills of the American Football League and eventually the NFL from 1960 to 1972.
-On July 19th, 1958, NASCAR held a Grand National race on the grounds of the stadium. The race was won by Jim Reed, but is also known as the United States debut of the man that would eventually become known as The King, Richard Petty.
-The majority of the baseball scenes filmed for the 1984 Robert Redford film The Natural were filmed at War Memorial Stadium.
-The last regular tenant of the stadium was the minor league baseball team the Buffalo Bisons.
-War Memorial Stadium was demolished in 1988.