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Friday, February 10, 2012

#McDaniel New Gill Stadium will take its place in college's #Sports #History #Westminster

Eagle Archive McDaniel's new Gill Stadium will take its place in college's athletic history  By Kevin Dayhoff, February 9, 2012,0,3363909.story

On Feb. 3, McDaniel College held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Kenneth R. Gill Stadium.

In an article by The Eagle's Steve Jones, at, he noted that at the ceremonies, "shovels dug into a pile of dirt at McDaniel College" to kick off the project.

Actually, that wasn't just any ol' "pile of dirt," but rather soil from a storied history — for both the college and Westminster.

The new $8 million, 1,434-seat Gill Stadium, which will replace the existing 900-seat Bair Stadium, will provide spectators a great view of the running track and athletic field.

That track has been known since June 10, 1922, as Hoffa Field.

Of course, growing up in Westminster in the 1950s, it was really known as "the football field on the Geiman farm." In the years before 1922, when the college was outside of Westminster city limits, the Geiman farm, and the then-Duvall Farm, were located between the campus and what we now know as Baugher's Restaurant.

The first mention of the Geiman farm in the definitive history of the college, "Fearless and Bold," written by Dr. James E. Lightner, is in 1888…,0,3363909.story


Also, be sure to not miss this Sunday’s column in the Baltimore Sun, it is sure to bring a smile to your face: “Eagle Archive: Evans Store robbery in 1895 reminds us to hang onto our socks,” by Kevin Dayhoff


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