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In the newsroom you will find articles about the stadium's history as well as updates on our current project. Be sure to check back often for updates.



Join us at Grand Island Senior High’s West Gym for the HISTORIC GROUNDBREAKING CELEBRATION of our Memorial Stadium. The public is invited to attend and encouraged to park in the west parking lot off Custer Ave. Questions? Call 308-385-5900 ext 1170 or email

When the GIPS Foundation decided to take on a fundraising effort to renovate Grand Island’s Memorial Stadium, the first thing we knew we had to do was research the past. We wanted to know how this community pulled together to build the stately Memorial Stadium and who was involved. We found some great help at the Grand Island Public Library and started to piece the information together.

See original campaign letters, lists and news clippings. There is also an article by the Grand Island Independent about how the GIPS Foundation received these historical documents.

Lists 131 Names; Stand in Niche In East Stadium

The 1945-47 Memorial Stadium Campaign included these 1,600 community donors

One of the key points which stand out in my mind after reading all the historical data on the 1945-1947 campaign to build Grand Island’s Memorial Stadium

Students at Senior High and Barr and Walnut Junior Highs have been doing their share to aid in construction of the new Memorial Stadium here, and so far, have raised more than $1,000 to be added to the stadium fund.

Inspired by a $10 million gift from 1964 Senior High graduate and Hall of Honor member, Lanny Martin, the Memorial Stadium Project now looks to raise an additional...

At the close of World War II, the community seeking a suitable memorial for veterans of World War II...

After more than a year of planning, hard work, and through the Grand Island Memorial Stadium became a reality...

Out of a coffee drinking session in the Hotel Yancey coffee shop in World War II days grew the dream that became Grand Island’s Memorial Stadium.