American Legion Memorial Stadium is a historical monument opened in 1936 as a Works Progress Administration project, dedicated to and honoring the local Charlotte soldiers of World War I. Shortly after construction, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited the new stadium.
Over the years, the venue hosted concerts, community events, and sporting events ranging from Rick Flair and wrestling to the 1981 Carolina Lightnin’ in the American Soccer League Championship game. From 1937 to 2000, the stadium hosted the annual Shrine Bowl, showcasing top high school football players from North Carolina and South Carolina. Since 2012, the Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse has called the stadium home.
The current 83-year-old stadium is unable to host professional soccer due to the narrow playing surface. Once renovations are complete the stadium will hold approximately 10,500 seats, permanent concession buildings, bathroom facilities that meet ADA standards, a video board and new box offices. Additionally, a memorial plaza which recognizes the historical significance of the stadium and honoring the local Charlotte soldiers of World War I.
The stadium lies in the heart of the Elizabeth neighborhood next to a growing Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) campus. The stadium is walking distance from the soon-to-be-expanded CATS Gold Line and the Independence front office which doubles as Jack’s House Soccer Bar and Retail Store. As a part of the stadium renovation, Mecklenburg County has planned $5 million in upgrades to Charlotte’s oldest park, Independence Park and the adjacent greenway.