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Harvard Stadium

Harvard Stadium is a football stadium in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Built in 1903, the stadium seats 30,898. The stadium sat up to 57,166 in the past, as temporary steel stands stood in the north end zone until 1951. Completed in just four and a half months, the structure cost $310,000. It is the home of the football team of Harvard University, and hosted its track and field teams until 1984. It was also the home of the Boston Patriots during the 1970 season. Soccer matches also took place at the stadium during the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Harvard Stadium was the first permanent stadium for American intercollegiate athletics. The result was to ensure that collegiate football fields were not widened so as to spread out the game and lessen the danger. Instead, the forward pass was legalized. The stadium was also the first massive reinforced concrete structure in the world. Indeed, many were sure at the time of construction that the stadium would not survive the winter. It has survived 101 winters and counting so far.

Although the bulk of Harvard's campus is in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the stadium and some other athletic facilities, along with Harvard Business School, lie in Allston.

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