Sunday, August 10, 2008

McMinnville's Wortman Field: No More Mud

For any fan of Linfield Wildcat football, McMinnville High School's Wortman Field has a special place in their heart. Wortman field was the location of three of Linfield's NAIA title games appearances during the 1982, 1984, and 1986 seasons.

Back in the old NAIA days all of the playoff games were rewarded not by a top seat format but by bids that teams/cities would place to host the playoff games and even the championship game. All three of Linfield's 80's NAIA titles would have been hosted at the 'Catdome but turf was beyond repair after being ripped up from previous weeks of playoff football.

In the fall of 2006 McMinnville School District voters approved a $62 million dollar bond to improve multiple aspects of facilities in the district and one of those improvements was installing field turf at Wortman field. Construction is just wrapping up as the field turf has been installed, new lighting erected, and the resurfacing of the track is wrapping up. So here's to the muddy battles at Wortman field that cemented Linfield's legacy as one of college football's premiere programs.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great to see another Oregon Facility get upgraded!