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Date Opened May 2, 1925
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Venue Address 755 Frederick Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

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In 1922, the San Francisco Park Commission accepted a $100,000 gift from the estate of Mary Kezar. The gift was intended to build a memorial in honor of Kezar's mother and uncles who were pioneers in the area. After the City and County of San Francisco appropriated an additional $200,000 the stadium was built in a year. Dedication ceremonies were held on May 2, 1925 and featured a two-mile footrace between Ville Ritola and Paavo Nurmi of Finland, who were two of the greatest runners of their day.

After suffering extensive damage in the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, Kezar was rebuilt with a much smaller seating capacity. The upgrades included an eight-lane, all-weather track and a large grass athletic field suitable for soccer, football and lacrosse.

Kezar's resurrection as a 10,000-seat stadium was planned before the Loma Prieta Earthquake. The field and track configurations remained the same. A replica of the original concrete arch bearing the name "Kezar Stadium" was built on the west side of the stadium as a tribute to the original structure.

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