Football played at Pratt Park in the past

A football fan finding some quiet time to contemplate a future season at Stanley-Jensen stadium - Photo by Melissa Parker
A football fan finding some quiet time to contemplate a future season at Stanley-Jensen stadium - Photo by Melissa Parker

Prattville – Back in 1947, eleven years before the city of Prattville purchased Pratt Park as part of the grounds for Washington Junior High School, football was played there. In my mind, I can only imagine how the quarterbacks and running backs must’ve zigzagged to avoid the many ducks who currently reside there. Possibly the players did have to fend off an occasional critter, but I imagine that a good time was had by all and everyone made the best of it.

Stanley-Jensen, the stadium now used to tout the highly talented Prattville Lions football team, was erected in 1957. It stands alongside Pratt Park at 460 Doster Road in the city. The stadium has a capacity for about 7,000 screaming, loyal, local football enthusiasts, and is also used for youth baseball games. Of course, during the all-important Prattville Lions’ championship playoff games, a standing room only crowd can reach an estimated 10,000.

Field renovation occurred back in 2005 when synthetic turf was replaced for the grass. The old press box was torn down in March of 2008 and a new one was constructed the following month, with sections for the media, the announcer, the coaches, and for videoing events. There are plans for more facelifts in the future, perhaps making it more fan and player friendly.

They have come a long way from “cheering them on” in 1947 amidst the critters and the mud.

Article by Melissa Parker

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