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Chapter 2 - Pre-MIAC Years - 1903-1921

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College Athletic Facilities

Concordia's early athletic facilities were marginal at best. What was described as a "large and commodious" gymnasium was located in the east basement of Old Main. The gym measured 28 feet by 72 feet. It had a height of almost 24 feet because its floor was 12 feet lower than that of the remainder of the basement. Bleachers, lockers and dressing rooms were conspicuously absent. Showers were located in a room under the north stairway and water from the showers ran through a pipe which emptied into Prexy's Pond.(2)

In later years after the floor of the gymnasium was filled to basement level, this area of the building served as quarters for the commercial, domestic science, chemistry and physics departments.

In 1907 the gym was equipped with a set of apparatus including horizontal bars, parallel bars, traveling rings, swinging rings, punching bags, chest weight machines and medicine balls. One part of the gym was used for basketball purposes. At one end a heavy canvas curtain was hung allowing baseball throwing. During the winter the candidates for the baseball team got regular practice every day in the gymnasium.(3)

Spaces for outdoor activities were not a problem. A baseball field and skating rink were a part of the outdoor facilities.

As early as 1909 an attempt was made to agitate a movement among the students for the building of a new gymnasium. A few meetings were held under the auspices of the athletic association but nothing definite resulted. But later in the year the matter was considered again. The college felt certain that the momentum would materialize and the results would be the erection of a large gymnasium which would be a credit to Concordia College and to the whole community.(4)

Concordia had a body of students that were warmly interest in their college and were willing to sacrifice time and money in order that Concordia may be pushed more and more to the front.
 
 

Chapter 2

1. Concordia College Record, July 1907.

2. Cobber Chronicle, p. 52.

3. Concordia College Record, July 1907.

4. Crescent, December 1909.

5. Cobber Chronicle, p. 200.

6. Concordia College Record, July 1907.

7. Concordia College Record, March 1908.

8. Concordia College Record, May 1909.

9. Crescent, November 1909.

10. Crescent, May 1910.

11. Ibid.

12. Crescent, February 1910.

13. Crescent, January 1911.

14. Crescent, May-June 1911.

15. Crescent, November 1911.

16. Crescent, December 1911.

17. Crescent, April-May 1912.

18. Crescent, May-June 1911.

19. Crescent, October 1912.

20. Crescent, March 1913.

21. Crescent, April 1914.

22. Crescent, October 1914.

23. Crescent, March 1914.

24. Crescent, February 1914.

25. Crescent, May 1915.

26. Crescent, October 1915.

27. Crescent, December 1915.

28. Crescent, November 1915.

29. Crescent, March 1915.

30. Crescent, January 1916.

31. Crescent, October 1916.

32. Crescent, October 1916.

33. Crescent, November 1916.

34. Concordia College Record, January 1916.

35. Crescent, January 1916.

36. Crescent, January 1916.

37. Crescent, February 1916.

38. Crescent, February 1916.

39. Crescent, October 1916.

40. Crescent, October 1917.

41. Crescent, October 1917.

42. Crescent, April 1917.

43. Crescent, January 1918.

44. Crescent, October 1919.

45. Crescent, January 1919.

46. Crescent, November 1919.

47. Crescent, February 1919.

48. Crescent, April 1919.

49. Crescent, April 1920.

50. Crescent, March 1920.

51. Crescent, May 1920.

52. Crescent, October 1920.

53. Crescent, October 1920.

54. Concordian, December 22, 1920.

55. Concordian,. April 22, 1921.
 
 

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