Quigley Stadium (Little Rock)

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Quigley–Cox Stadium
at Verizon Wireless Field
Location

Little Rock Central High School

Little Rock, Arkansas
Broke ground1935
Opened1936
Renovated2009
OwnerLittle Rock School District
SurfaceArtifical turf (2009–present)
Natural grass (1936–2008)
Tenants

Little Rock Central Tigers football (1936–present)
Arkansas Razorbacks football, 1920–29
Arkansas Razorbacks football, 1920–29


Arkansas Razorbacks football, 1940–47
 
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Quigley–Cox Stadium
at Verizon Wireless Field
Location

Little Rock Central High School

Little Rock, Arkansas
Broke ground1935
Opened1936
Renovated2009
OwnerLittle Rock School District
SurfaceArtifical turf (2009–present)
Natural grass (1936–2008)
Tenants

Little Rock Central Tigers football (1936–present)
Arkansas Razorbacks football, 1920–29
Arkansas Razorbacks football, 1920–29


Arkansas Razorbacks football, 1940–47

Quigley Stadium is a football stadium used by Little Rock Central High School. Prior to its 1930s remodeling, it was known as Kavanaugh Field and was the home field of the Little Rock Travelers baseball team. The stadium was built by the Works Progress Administration in 1936 and seats 15,000. At that time it was the largest stadium in the state of Arkansas. It has been used by many high school and college football teams, including the Arkansas Razorbacks (prior to 1948) and Philander Smith College. In 2009, the field was replaced with artificial turf. Verizon Wireless donated much of the money for the renovation, and the stadium was renamed Quigley–Cox Stadium at Verizon Wireless Field.[1] Coordinates: 34°44′12.84″N 92°18′6.24″W / 34.7369000°N 92.3017333°W / 34.7369000; -92.3017333

Early Quigley[edit]

Earl Quigley served as head coach at Little Rock High School (now known as, Little Rock Central). He coached the Tigers from 1914 through 1946 for football, basketball, track & field, and baseball with an overall career record of 760 wins, 190 loses and 11 ties.

In 22 years, his football teams won 149 games, lost 56 and tied 11. As head track & field coach, he led the Tigers to 18 consecutive state track & field championships, the second longest streak in the nation, and an overall track meet record of 98-2 that included 97 straight wins. Later, Coach Quigley was named Athletic Director and in 1957, Tiger Stadium was renamed Quigley Stadium to honor his outstanding contributions to high school athletics.

Quigley also coached baseball and basketball from 1916–30. He later served as business manager of the Arkansas Travelers.

Honors and awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Verizon Wireless Contributes $250,000 To Central High’s Quigley Stadium In Arkansas". Verizon Wireless. Retrieved April 29, 2013.