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Offutt Field

Offutt Field

Greensburg (PA), 15601, United States

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Description Offutt Field is a multi-purpose athletic field, located in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. It is currently used by the Greensburg-Salem School District and Seton Hill University, primarily as a football field. The stadium was called Athletic Park, until 1928 when Greensburg-Salem renamed the field after James H. Offutt, a community leader and school director. The school district had previouslypurchased the land in December, 1916. Purchase price for the 4.4-acre site was $17,166.66. The Greensburg Athletic Association, an early organized football team based in Greensburg, played their home games at the stadium from 1890–1900. The stadium has also hosted minor league baseball, Little League baseball and track and field.Offutt Field is currently the stadium with longest service in southwestern Pennsylvania.HistoryPro footballThe field was the home of the Greensburg Athletic Association, a professional football team during the 1890s. The field's playing surface once had a stream, known as Jack's Run, which crossed a corner of the field. Early-day accounts of football games at Athletic Park noted that the football occasionally went into the creek, and players became heroes with the crowd for plunging into the waters to retrieve the ball. On October 26, 1895, during a game between Greensburg and the Carnegie Athletic Club of Braddock, once Greensburg scored a touchdown after only a minute and a half into the game, some spectators at Athletic Park were, according to news reports at time, were "so hilarious over the rout that they threw their hats in the air and some went in the creek" that ran past a corner of the field. In 1916, the field level was raised and the creek covered. Jacob's Run is a part of Jacob's Creek.