Breese Stevens Field - Madison's Premier Outdoor Concert Venue
Breese Stevens Field is a historic outdoor venue that has hosted a variety of sports and musical performances throughout its storied career. A National Historic Landmark, the athletic field has recently begun to offer its space for concerts and other live performances.
Breese Stevens Field History
The Breese Stevens Municipal Athletic Field was constructed in 1926 to serve as a stadium for the Madison Blues, a minor league baseball team that played on the field until 1942. It served as the home field for another minor league baseball team, the Class A Madison Muskies, between 1982 and 1993. In 2014, the Breese Stevens Field was approved for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2015, the field first began to host outdoor concerts for the Madison community.
Breese Stevens Field Events
Today, the Breese Stevens Field continues to host an array of athletic matches and competitions. It serves as the home field for the Madison 56ers, an amateur soccer team, as well as the Madison Radicals, a professional Ultimate frisbee team. Local educational institutions, such as Madison's East High School and Edgewood College, also make use of the facilities on a regular basis.
The Breese Stevens Field has also been the site of a variety of special sporting events. Of particular note are several exhibition races that famous sprinter Jesse Owens ran in there in 1938. The field has also hosted numerous soccer tournaments, exhibition matches and a rich variety of sports, including wrestling, boxing, ice skating, midget car races and even rodeos.
Apart from sporting events, the field has hosted marching ensembles, circuses and various community gatherings. Since 2015, the Breese Stevens Field has also hosted concerts, with previous performances by the Avett Brothers, CAKE, Dr. Dog, Wilco and the Steve Miller Band.
Breese Stevens Field Seating Layout
The Breese Stevens Field offers seating on both the field level and up in the original grandstand. For fans craving an especially good view, VIP tickets are offered. These special tickets allow access to the "Gold Circle" right in front of the stage so patrons can get nice and close to the action. These fans will also have access to a tented VIP space. For all patrons, there are food carts available, notably Salvatore's Pizza Bus.
Looking for other things to do in Madison? Take a tour of the Wisconsin State Capitol, stroll the Olbrich Botanical Gardens or browse the exhibits at the Chazen Museum of Art. Catch other live entertainment at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Madison.
The Breese Stevens Field was named in honor of former Madison mayor Breese J. Stevens, whose widow sold the land to the city on the condition that the new facility would carry his name.
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