O'Shaughnessy Stadium and a redone Palmer Field are seen from the roof of Morrison Hall

O'Shaughnessy Stadium and Palmer Field

A prized gem of St. Thomas, O’Shaughnessy Stadium is the home field for the St. Thomas football team. Built in 1947, the stadium has served as an one of the most iconic MIAC fields, hosting numerous NCAA playoff games and the statewide phenomenon of the annual Tommie-Johnnie football game.

The stadium boasts state-of-the-art Daktronics video display boards with an ability to show races, replays and results on 500-inch screens.

The field also serves as an open location for the ultimate frisbee club team, and various intramural leagues, and serves as a training facility for the track and field teams.

’Shaughnessy Stadium is named for Ignatius O’Shaughnessy, St. Thomas graduate and philanthropist, who came to St. Thomas after being expelled from St. John’s University for skipping evening vespers. One fateful train ride landed him in downtown St. Paul, where O’Shaughnessy met Father James Dolphin, the president of St. Thomas. After a warm meal and heartfelt conversation, O’Shaughnessy was accepted into the University of St. Thomas, eventually graduating to become an exceptional philanthropist, with donations including $8.5 million to St. Thomas. His name on the stadium provides fuel to the fiery rivalry between St. John’s and St. Thomas that continues to this day.

Hourly visitor parking is available in the Anderson Student Center Garage after 5 p.m. on weekdays and anytime on weekends. Hourly visitor parking is available anytime at the Anderson Parking Facility or Morrison Parking Ramp.

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Palmer Field in O’Shaughnessy stadium

Room features

  • ADA Accessible
  • Voice amplification
  • Video scoreboard
  • WiFi
  • Stadium seating
  • FieldTurf playing surface, installed in 2017
  • All‐weather, Olympic‐caliber track with 8 lanes, resurfaced in 2017

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O'Shaughnessy Stadium and Palmer Field

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Types of events

Athletic events, camps & clinics, expos and more