Walter Kunz Stadium

Walter Kunz Stadium

"Old" UB Stadium was officially rededicated as Walter Kunz Stadium on April 16, 2005. Walter Kunz, Ed.M., '65, Ph.D. '70, a former UB faculty member and longtime advocate and supporter of the Division of Athletics, made a generous six-figure gift that was fulfilled as part of "The Campaign for UB: Generation to Generation," which helped rehabilitate the stadium and add a new artificial surface. The former home of UB football and track and field teams, the stadium seats 4,000 spectators in permanent bleachers with additional "berm" seating and standing room on the northwest side. It features a new artificial surface encircled by an eight lane, 400-meter running track. The track also features a steeplechase course with a water jump inside removable curbing.

Completed in August, 1985, the stadium was first used for the 1985 Empire State Games, which attracted 10,000 athletes and coaches to opening ceremonies.

The stadium was enhanced in the fall of 1987 with the installation of a $150,000 electronic scoreboard featuring a message board financed by the UB Foundation, Inc., and the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo, Inc.

In addition to the 1985, 1986 and 1996 Empire State Games, the stadium has been utilized for the New York Special Olympics Summer Games, several scholastic and collegiate championships as well as the site for a Republican rally for Presidential candidate Bob Dole and his running mate the late Jack Kemp.


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