Stadium Project: Cramton Bowl – Montgomery, Alabama

Cramton Bowl

There’s nothing better than an old-time stadium to wake you up on a cold day during our week-long stay in Montgomery, Alabama. While snow flurries greeted me as I left the warmth of my Homewood Suites room, the thoughts of getting inside the Cramton Bowl that opened in 1922 and hosted the first-ever night game in the South. That game was in 1927 between Cloverdale and Park Road High Schools. It drew about 7,200 fans.

  • Cramton Bowl

Currently, the 25,000 seat stadium is shared by five teams in the Montgomery Public Schools system  —  Carver Jeff Davis, Lanier, Lee and Park Crossing.

The Cramton Bowl is named for Fred J. Cramton, a local businessman who donated the land for the stadium. It first opened as a baseball stadium. It is known as the home of the Blue-Gray Classic Football Classic that featured college football all-stars from 1938 to 2001.

In addition to the local football games, the Cramton Bowl is also the host of the Camellia Bowl, a college football bowl game featuring teams from the Sun Belt Conference and Mid-American Conference.

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