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Carl Sparks Stadium: What to know about the new 3A/2A Gridiron Classic site in Puyallup


The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association voted Monday unanimously to approve three outdoor sites in the Greater Tacoma area — Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma Stadium (5,000-plus capacity), Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium (4,500) and Lakewood’s Harry E Lang Stadium (4,000) — to host the state football championships on Dec. 7.

Here's everything you need to know about Carl Sparks Stadium:

Location: Puyallup (601 7th Avenue Southwest).

Opened: 1934 as Viking Field; 1987, rebuilt and renamed Sparks Stadium.

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Biggest event hosted: 2000 NCAA Division III national football playoff game between Pacific Lutheran and St. John’s of Minnesota. 

Capacity: 4,500.

Amenities: Medium-sized on-site parking lot in south end of facility (with a bigger separate lot across the street); two ticket gates and entry points; three permanent concession areas (two on south side home grandstands; one on north side visiting grandstands); restroom areas under both covered grandstands; spacious walking areas around the stadium.

Recent upgrades: Video scoreboard and new synthetic-grass field surface were constructed in 2018.

Gridiron Classic game schedule: Class 3A game at noon; Class 2A game at 4 p.m.

Quotable: “The venue itself is going to accommodate a large crowd - and we anticipate that with our 3A crowds. They have tons of parking and amenities.” - WIAA assistant executive Andy Barnes