Hanson Field is a 16,368-seat multi-purpose stadium in Macomb, Illinois, USA.[1] The stadium which opened in 1950 is home to the Western Illinois Leathernecks football team and track and field team. The field is named after former WIU football coach/A.D. and Marine legend Rock Hanson. A unique feature of the facility is an extensive hillside that surrounds the field allowing for additional seating for thousands of spectators. Outside the stadium, a statue of former WIU track and field coach and two time Olympic gold medalist Lee Calhoun stands and a bulldog statue is located at the main entrance.

Hanson Field
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LocationMacomb, Illinois
Coordinates40°28′06″N 90°41′03″W / 40.4684°N 90.6842°W / 40.4684; -90.6842Coordinates: 40°28′06″N 90°41′03″W / 40.4684°N 90.6842°W / 40.4684; -90.6842
OwnerWestern Illinois University
OperatorWestern Illinois Athletics
Record attendance19,850 (October 20, 1973 vs. Central Michigan)
SurfaceMatrix Turf
Western Illinois Leathernecks (NCAA)


A record crowd of 19,850 watched the Leathernecks defeat Central Michigan, Oct. 20, 1973.

From 1996 through 2004, Hanson Field was the training camp home of the National Football League's St. Louis Rams.[2]


In 2001, the main entrance of the stadium was renovated by adding an iron gate, brick pillars and an arch displaying the words, Hanson Field. The stadium’s east side received a $5 million face lift prior to the 2007 season. The renovation to the student seating section, funded largely by a facilities enhancement and life safety fee at the request of student leaders, included new bleachers, increased seating capacity, a new entrance, restrooms and concession stands.[3]

In 2011, Matrix Turf was installed on the field.[4]

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  1. ^ "Hanson Field". goleathernecks.com. Retrieved 2015-01-12.
  2. ^ "2003 NFL Training Camp Locations". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  3. ^ "Hanson Field-Macomb, Illinois". stadiumjourney.com. Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  4. ^ "Hanson Field Matrix Turf Completed". GoLeatherNecks.com. Retrieved August 10, 2017.

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