Olympic Stadium Improvements - Phase 1
CITY OF HOQUIAM
Completed in 1938, Olympic Stadium is a heavy-timber utilitarian structure built to house over 10,000 football and baseball fans. The stadium was built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as a multi-purpose facility. During the height of construction activity, the WPA had 160 carpenters, 25 helpers, 200 laborers, and 5 foremen on site. The stadium measures approximately 390 feet on the south wing, 75 feet on the north wing and 380 feet on the west wing with a depth of 40 feet, rising to a height of approximately 30 feet. The total cost of construction is estimated to be $123,664 in 1938. The first event in Olympic Stadium was the traditional Thanksgiving Day football game between Hoquiam and Aberdeen high schools. The cedar shingle-sided facility was entered into the National Register of Historic Places on August 22, 2006. Unique in its use and size, the structure remains the best-preserved and largest standing wooden grandstand in the United States. The stadium still retains its original location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, and character and is still being used for its original purpose and serves as a point of pride for the community. In addition to football and baseball events, the stadium is used for a variety of community events such as circuses, concerts, heritage festivals, carnivals, antique car rallies and high school graduation ceremonies.
In 1980, a $1.5 million bond issue was passed to fund a new roof, roof truss reinforcement, construction of new restroom and concession facilities, foundation repairs and a fire suppression system. Another project included $189,000 to replace the drainage and irrigation systems.
Over the years, time and weather deteriorated the main entry portico which shelters the main doors into the stadium. Harbor Architects LLC worked with the City of Hoquiam to replace the aging canopy, while keeping the same look to match the existing building. The project also involved removing the old sprinkler system and installing a new updated one, and removing a concessions structure which had been built without permit under the grandstands in prior years.
Harbor Architects LLC has also assisted the City of Hoquiam with the development of a master plan showing needed and desired improvements, in preparation for various applications for financial assistance. Multiple phases of improvements will be necessary as funding becomes available.
Construction of this phase was completed in early 2021.