Kalamazoo College purchased the land for Angell Field in January 1944 for $47,500. As part of the deal the old College field was given to the city for use as a park. Ground was broken on the field in September of 1944 and the first game played on Angell Field was on September 27, 1946. An article from The Index from the same date states: “Tonight is a red-letter day in the annals of Kalamazoo College history in that the first game played since 1942 will usher in the season with a clash between Kazoo and Adrian in the new Angell Field.” (K defeated Adrian 20-0.) The field was officially dedicated on October 19, 1946. The football stadium and pressbox, lights for night contests, and a quarter-mile track were provided by Mr. and Mrs. William R. Angell, in memory of their son, Chester M. Angell. Lt. Angell was killed in action over Sardinia in 1944. Prior to the land's purchase, it functioned as the north nine holes of the City of Kalamazoo's Arcadia Brook Golf Course.

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  • William R. Angell 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1944-09)
    William R. Angell, member of the Board of Trustees and major donor, behind the wheel of a bulldozer at the groundbreaking for Angell Field, September 1944.
  • Kalamazoo College Alumnus (September, 1946) 

    Kalamazoo College; Kalamazoo College Alumni Association (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 1946-09)
    First Living Memorial: Angell Field -- October 19: Dedication-Homecoming / Louis B. Nichols -- Peaceful Anticipations / Shirley Payne Savage -- Schedules: Dedication-Homecoming -- Letters to Alumni / Everett R. and Ginger ...
  • Angell Field Plaque 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1950)
    Memorial plaque that was erected at the entrance gate to Angell Field. It reads "Angell Field dedicated October 19, 1946. A living memorial to those who gave their lives in World War II that freedom might prevail throughout ...
  • Chester M. Angell Plaque 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1950)
    Memorial plaque erected at the entrance gate to Angell Field in honor of Lt. Chester M. Angell who died in action over Sardinia on March 16, 1944.
  • Kalamazoo College's Angell Field 

    Morgan, Ward C. (Kalamazoo College, 1946-10-19)
    A Kalamazoo College football game at Angell Field. According to the photographer's records, this picture was taken in October, 1946, at the dedication of Angell Field. The field, to the southwest of the main College campus, ...
  • Kalamazoo College Angell Field Entrance Gate 

    Schiavone Studio (Kalamazoo College, 1950)
    The entrance gates at Kalamazoo College's Angell Field. Ticket booths on either side of the gate list prices as 60 cents for high school students and $1.20 for adults. Although Angell Field was completed in 1946, the ...
  • Kalamazoo College Aerial View of Angell Field 

    Photoflight (Kalamazoo College, 1946-10-19)
    An aerial view of Kalamazoo College's Angell Field, taken by the Photoflight service of Three Rivers, Michigan. The view is to the southeast. Along the top right corner of the photograph is West Michigan Avenue; the street ...