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Encyclopedia of Baldwin Wallace University History: Campus Locations - G

An Index of Historical Content and Their Sources

George Finnie Stadium

Citation: Updated B-W History, n.d.

George Finnie Stadium, photographed February 5, 2003. Source: BW CD Collection, Buildings 2, #85, 2-5-2003. Click on image to enlarge.

The George Finnie Stadium of Baldwin-Wallace is one of the finest athletic facilities in the country. Begun in March of 1971, the stadium was completed six months later in August. The stadium was dedicated at 5 :45 p.m. on September 18, 1971. The dedication, presided by Theodore Moll, vice-chairman of the trustees, was attended by 600 quests and included a reception, a dinner, and B-W - Hillsdale College football game. In addition, the Massillon Washington High School tiger Marching Band played a pre-game concert and performed at half time. B-W won the game over Hillsdale by a score of 31-10 before 7,140 fans. The first touchdown was scored by Mike Scullin on a two yard run. It was named in honor of George Finnie who donated over half of the $1.3 million bowl. Finnie was a 70 year-old sportsman from Rocky River. During this time B-W was coached by two legendary coaches, Dr. Lee Tressel, the football coach and athletic director and Paul "Sparky" Adams who was the track coach.

The $1.3 million stadium was designed by Heine, Crider, and Williamson and was built by the R. S. Ursprung Co. American Biltrite Company of Boston supplied the artificial turf and track. It has a Poly-Turf playing surface and seats 8,100. This was the first time artificial turf was used on any field of any level in the Cleveland area. It was 12 built with the latest outdoor lighting equipment and an NCAA approved 42' eight-lane all-weather track. It also included coaching offices, athletic training facilities, locker rooms, showers, a large equipment room, and a two-story press box. The stadium on Bagley Road is sunk below street level giving it a bowl-like appearance. The team room, which is 64' by 164', is seven feet below the road and Bagley Rd. entrance. The Poly-Turf is stripped for both football and soccer. The stadium serves the Yellow Jacket football, track and field, and soccer teams. It also has been the host to four NCAA National Track Championships, as well as numerous Ohio Athletic Conference and All-Ohio track meets, high school meets, and Berea and Midpark H.S games. The facility also provided a training site for the Cleveland Browns. In addition, the stadium has also been used extensively for Health and Physical Education classes and intramural activities, as well as many other special events.

The artificial turf has been redone after 11 years of use and again in 1997. The stadium also received some renovation in 1997, making it more accessible for the disabled. The 1997 senior class gift was the idea for the renovation and an $18,000 donation to be spent on the project. More wheelchair seating will be added near the ramp entrance on the top of the west side.

Grand Manor Apartments

Citation: Updated B-W History, n.d.

The Grand Manor apartments in Berea became a college dormitory in 1969. The City of Berea approved a one year variance with a renewal option for two additional years for the apartments to be used for a dormitory for girls. The colleges growing population as the main reason the apa1iments needed to be purchased. The temporary apartments were to be used while B-W was conducting an enrollment study.

The girls living in Grand Manor, upperclassmen and freshman, shared the building with non-college tenants, but the situation worked well for all involved. The girls did complain, however, about still having to pay $180 for their meal tickets even though they had kitchen facilities in the apartments. The girls said they felt a feeling of freedom and isolation at the same time.

The apartments were later used to house only married undergraduate students and college staff. The couples were charged only $125 a month plus electric bills to live in the apartments. After this change the building served as an independent apartment under the vice-president of Finance, instead of a residence hall. The area was later rezoned and was no longer made available for college use.