Crump Stadium

In 1956, I was overseas with the Navy when we began hearing about a young Memphis singer who had become an over-night success.  When on leave that year, I drove to Memphis from San Diego and my parents had tickets my first night home for a charity concert, featuring Elvis, at Crump Stadium.

- Gene Gill,  1951



  Memphis:  75 years ago (1933)

A three-acre athletic field to cost $35,000 and seating 10,000 spectators will be built with CWA funds on the property in the rear of Central High for the use of Memphis Prep Schools.  Approval of the project was given by state and Federal CWA officials at a two-day conference ending yesterday at The Peabody.

- William McClusky, 1940



For us high school football players, there was no place better to play than Crump Stadium.  Though our fans never filled it up, it was a thrill to play there - the same place where the "big boys" played.  We had a game scheduled the night that Mr. Crump died and I believe the game was cancelled because of his death.  Under the Friday night lights playing there was a wonderful experience.

- Terry West, 1955



Jackie Burns, Tech 1935, scores the first touchdown ever scored in Crump Statium

My father's best friend was a delightful man named Jackie Burns.  My dad once told me that Jackie scored the first touchdown ever scored in Crump Stadium.  I wondered, until this site confirmed Jackie as a member of the Class of '35, and that he played football and was in the inaugural game of Crump Stadium against Greenfield, TN - which Tech won 43-0.  Burns was listed as one of the YellowJackets who scored and that is close enough for me to confirm this local historical footnote.

- Mike Beck, 1964