History of
the Stadium

Kansas Football is one of the oldest programs in College Football, established in 1890, playing in what is recognized as the first stadium built on a college campus west of the Mississippi River. David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium is the seventh-oldest collegiate stadium in the nation and home to many notable moments and players through time.

Located at the Base of Mt. Oread at 11th and MAINE Streets in Lawrence, Kansas, explore the 100-PLUS year history of Memorial Stadium and Kansas Football.

Moments in the

  • 1890

  • 1893

  • 1899

  • 1908

  • 1912

  • 1920

  • 1921

  • 1921

  • 1922

  • 1925

  • 1927

  • 1947

  • 1961

  • 1963

  • 1965

  • 1978

  • 1991

  • 1997

  • 1999

  • 2008

  • 2014

  • 2021

Program History &

Throughout its 132-year history, Kansas Football has a celebrated history that spans generations.


Years of Kansas Football


All-Time Victories


Players Inducted into the Kansas Football Ring of Honor


Bowl Appearances


David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium was the University’s first major war memorial, built in the years following the First World War to commemorate the 129 students and alumni who died making “the world safe for democracy.” David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium is one of several war memorials on the University of Kansas campus, including the Vietnam War Memorial, Korean War Memorial, World War II Memorial Carillon and Campanile, Victory Eagle, and Kansas Memorial Union. The renovated David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium will continue its cherished history by commemorating WWI as one of Kansas’ six war memorials. Details on the memorial will be released at a later date.

  • Within the light on Oread’s hill Above the valley’s golden beauty, Our comrades’ spirit hovers still The mem’ry of their faith in duty They died that we might have the peace For which mankind has ever striven. Their call to us will never cease: ‘Give ye always as we have given.

    The Memorial Hymn