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PLAYING SURFACE: Natural Grass (2003-2017)
Artficial Turf (2018)



September 12, 2003
St. Joseph 34, Kalamazoo Central 13

FIRST GAME ON TURF: August 24, 2018
St. Joseph 34, Kalamazoo Central 13

The first Dickinson Stadium

In the mid 1940's the St. Joseph School system acquired the title to a 40 acre parcel of land known as the Dickinson Estate.  The area is where the current high school now stands.  Around that same time the citizens of St. Joseph recognized the need for a new athletic and recreation area.  The St. Joe football team played their games at Wells field (where Jefferson elementary currently sits).  There was no parking for the fans, except on the neighboring streets, and the wooden grandstands were in danger of collapse.  It was then that the St. Joe residents got the ball rolling for a new facility.  After receiving numerous recommendations by various experts, the planning committee, commissioned architect Robert V. Knox to develop the sketches and conceptual drawings of the stadium.  The Board of Education would take these plans to the various service clubs around St. Joseph to rally the community involvement in the project,  Every group that were presented the plans went on record as supporting it.  The voters overwhelmingly passed the $170,000 bond proposal on July 25, 1949 for the new stadium and track.  A little over a year later, on September 22, 1950, the original Dickinson Stadium opened.  Dickinson Stadium held it's last event on October 19, 2001.  In the 51 year history of the stadium it was the home to thousands of events, including football games, track meets, soccer games, band competitions, and commencement ceremonies.

The new Dickinson Stadium

The idea for a new stadium came about when a commission was charged with reviewing and making recommendations on the future of the facilities of the St. Joseph Public School system for the next 30-40 years.  After a review of the old stadium it was determined that to bring the stadium's aging and deteriorating steel support and infrastructure up to code would be a very expensive project.  The commission visited newly constructed high schools around the Midwest and made recommendations for the St. Joe schools, including a new football stadium.   In March of 2001 a plan for a bond proposal was presented to the St. Joe taxpayers, which not only included the new stadium, but also a new athletic fieldhouse and other various projects at the high school, and a new auxiliary gym, offices, library and orchestra room at Upton Middle School.   The bond issue passed on September 25, 2001, less than a month later, the last game at the old Dickinson Stadium would be played and demolition would begin. 

While construction continued during the 2002 football season the varsity team played their "Home" games at Lakeshore's Al Stockman Stadium, Benton Harbor's Filstrup Field and at Bridgman High School.  Upton Middle School was the home site for the JV and Freshman teams.  The new stadium still has one feature from the old stadium, and that is the electronic scoreboard/message center that was installed prior to the 1998 season.  The scoreboard was dismantled and moved 200 feet from it's previous location to where it currently stands.  The stadium now also has an 8 lane running track, the old stadium had 7 and only 6 were useable.   The first games were played on Thursday, September 4th, by the Freshman and JV teams who gave the stadium it's first shakedown before the Grand Opening a week later.  The official dedication was prior to the game between St. Joseph and Kalamazoo Central which St. Joe won 34-13.  Less than a year after the opening, the new Dickinson Stadium had the honor of hosting country music and TV star Reba McIntyre for a performance benefiting Harbor Habitat for Humanity,  The concert was part of Reba's 2004 tour which was sponsored by Whirlpool Corporation.  The concert was held in front of over 6,500 on July 20, 2004.

The first touchdown scored in the new stadium came on a 9 yard touchdown pass from Andy Schueneman to Charlie Lavelle in the first quarter of the Stadium's first game on September 12th 2003.  Nick Sherrill added the extra point on the first score in the new stadium.  Schueneman is the only player that has played a varsity game in both the old and new stadiums.

North East (Detroit, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Mattawan, Battle Creek, Richland)

  • I-94 West to Exit 27
  • Turn Right on Niles Ave. (M-63)
  • Continue along Niles Ave to Hilltop Road, turn left (Walgreens on the corner).
  • Continue along Hilltop to second light (KFC on the corner) (Cleveland Ave.) turn right.
  • Cleveland Avenue will end at the stadium, turn right onto Lakeshore drive, pass the stadium and turn right onto Kingsley (florist on the corner)
  • Right on Stadium Drive into parking lot.

East (Sturgis, Coldwater)

Coldwater start here

  • I-69 South towards Indiana, go West on Indiana Toll Road(I-80/90)

Sturgis Start here

  • I-80/90 (Indiana toll road) West towards Chicago, exit 72 (US-31) go north on US-31
  • US-31 to Berrien Springs (exit 15B, second of the two exits) towards St. Joe
  • Continue on M-139 turn left at Niles Rd (M-63) (True Value Hardware store on corner)
  • Continue along Niles Ave to Hilltop Road, turn left (Walgreens on the corner).
  • Continue along Hilltop to second light (KFC on the corner) (Cleveland Ave.) turn right.
  • Cleveland Avenue will end at the stadium, turn right onto Lakeshore drive, pass the stadium and turn right onto Kingsley (florist on the corner)
  • Right on Stadium Drive into parking lot.

North (Benton Harbor) (please note this is one of many possible routes depending on your starting point in BH)

  • Colfax south to Napier
  • Turn Right on Napier (head west)
  • Right on Niles
  • Turn Left on Kingsley.
  • Turn Right on State Street
  • Turn Left on Wallace
  • Turn Left on Stadium Drive into parking lot.

North (Holland, South Haven, Grand Rapids)

Grand Rapids start here

  • I-196 towards Holland

Holland and South Haven start here

  • I-196 south to I-94 West (towards Chicago)
  • I-94 West to Exit 27
  • Turn Right on Niles Ave. (M-63)
  • Continue along Niles Ave to Hilltop Road, turn left (Walgreens on the corner).
  • Continue along Hilltop to second light (KFC on the corner) (Cleveland Ave.) turn right.
  • Cleveland Avenue will end at the stadium, turn right onto Lakeshore drive, pass the stadium and turn right onto Kingsley (florist on the corner)
  • Right on Stadium Drive into parking lot.

Southeast (Niles, South Bend)

  • US-31 to Berrien Springs (exit 15B, second of the two exits) towards St. Joe
  • Continue on M-139, turn left at Niles Rd (M-63) (True Value Hardware store on corner)
  • Continue along Niles Ave to Hilltop Road, turn left (Walgreens on the corner).
  • Continue along Hilltop to second light (KFC on the corner) (Cleveland Ave.) turn right.
  • Cleveland Avenue will end at the stadium, turn right onto Lakeshore drive, pass the stadium and turn right onto Kingsley (florist on the corner)
  • Right on Stadium Drive into parking lot.

South (Stevensville, Baroda)

  • Take Cleveland Avenue North
  • Cleveland Avenue will end at the stadium, turn right onto Lakeshore drive, pass the stadium and turn right onto Kingsley (florist on the corner)
  • Right on Stadium Drive into parking lot.

When attending a game at Dickinson Stadium, there should be ample parking in the student lot.  There is a side lot that is reserved for box seat holders.   Parking in the circle by the school is not recommended.  If you find that the lots are full, you can either try parking along the side streets along Stadium drive, Kingsley Drive, or Wallace Avenue.  You can park at the High School's Lakeview avenue lot and walk up the ramp and then around the school to the stadium. 

Tailgating is permitted before games, however if you plan to tailgate, please plan to arrive early and park in the secondary lot next to the practice field.   We would ask that you not consume alcoholic beverages in the school parking lots, also please make sure you clean up your area when you're completed.  We do not have any "Charcoal" bins for your to dispose of your used charcoal for grilling.

Following the game, St. Joseph Public Safety will be directing traffic around the stadium to try to get you on your way as quickly as possible.  If you are in the main student lot, go towards the baseball field along Stadium Drive. or if you are in the lot next to the practice field, there is a gate that opens to Lakeshore drive, St. Joe Public Safety will be there to direct traffic.  This is your best option for access to North and Southbound Lakeshore Drive.   If you're headed towards the I-94 or old US-31, you will want to head east on Wallace, South on State Street and then East on Kingsley.  This will allow you to go East on Napier Avenue or south along Niles Avenue, which will allow you to catch I-94 or M-139/Old US 31 towards Niles.  Please note that this is one lane and there will be police directing traffic at the corner of Wallace and Lakeview, it might take a little while to exit this way.


Advance Ticket Sales
Only certain games will there be advance sale on tickets, usually for the Lakeshore game and any possible playoff games.  If there will be a game that we will be selling advanced tickets for, it will be announced in the newspaper, radio, school website, and here on www.stjoefootball.com

Aisle Traffic/Section Entry
Guests are urged to arrive at their seats well in advance of kickoff. As a courtesy to other guests, please remain at your seat until the play has ended.

Sorry but there are no ATM's located inside Dickinson Stadium.  The closest ATM's are located on State Street at Fifth Third Bank, United Federal Credit Union.  There is also a Bank of America ATM located on the corner of Cleveland and Hilltop Road.  Berrien Teachers Credit Union has an ATM near the corner of Lakeview and Hilltop.  First Source Bank has an ATM located in the Martins Plaza on Hilltop Road at the corner of Cleveland Avenue.


Baby Changing Areas
Changing Tables are located in all restrooms at Dickinson Stadium.

Banners and signs
Signs and banners are allowed inside Dickinson Stadium, but please make sure they are not blocking the view of any other spectator.  Signs that may be offensive or in poor taste can be taken away... so don't bring them.

Box Seats
Box Seats are sold through the athletic office.  Deadline for renewal of your existing box seats are usually in July.  More information is available in the high school athletic office.

Broadcasts - Radio
See Radio Broadcast

Broadcasts - Television
On occasion there have been some St. Joseph football games that have been televised, no live television coverage is permitted under MHSAA Broadcasting Regulations.  Usually televised games are done by the MHSAA Network, those games will appear at a later date at www.mhsaa.tv. MHSAA-TV is available on Comcast Cable systems around the state with the exception of Customers in the Southwest Michigan Coverage area.  Comcast considers this area to be a part of the Northwest Indiana market.


Cameras and Video Equipment
Fans are encouraged to take pictures at Dickinson Stadium, but please do not block the view of other fans.  Fans are NOT permitted field access for taking photos.  Only authorized persons are allowed on the field.

Fans taking video are permitted to take the video from their seat, the use of tripods are not allowed.  The camera decks on each side of the pressbox are for team/media video taping only

Concession stands are located under the home seating area as well in the northwest corner of the stadium.  The Northwest stand and on the south end of the home stands are operated by the St. Joseph Band and Orchestra Parents.  The other concession stand under the home stands are operated by the St. Joseph football boosters.  Both stands will sell drinks, popcorn, and candy.  However certain hot foods are available only at the band stands and other hot foods are only available from the football boosters stands.  Please look for the selections at each stand.


Diaper Changing
See Baby Changing Areas


In case of an emergency in the stadium, St. Joseph staff members as well as St. Joseph Public Safety Officers will help to direct you out of the stadium.  Please find your nearest exit when you find your seat.


Fan Conduct
In order to keep St. Joe football games as enjoyable as possible for all, we ask that you display good sportsmanship and respect the officials, your fellow fans as well as the fans of the visiting team. If a patron displays conduct which endangers or disrupts players, coaches, officials or other patrons, you can be removed from Dickinson Stadium.  You are encouraged to wear maize and blue and cheer for the Bears, but please respect your fellow fans, the officials and the fans, players and coaches of the visiting team.  You are representing St. Joseph, so show a good example.

First Aid
See an usher or a St. Joseph Public Safety Officer.


Game Start Times
Beginning with the 2010 season, all Big-16 Conference games will start at 7:00 PM.  This is 30 minutes earlier than in previous seasons. Any possible playoff games will be determined at a later time.

Gate Openings
Dickinson Stadium gates open 90 minutes prior to kick-off.


Lakeland Hospital-St. Joseph is only a few blocks from Dickinson Stadium.  Lakeland-St. Joseph is located at 1234 Napier Avenue.


There is no public wifi in Dickinson Stadium, there is wireless and wired internet available to members of the press in the pressbox.  See the pressbox attendant for connection and passkey information




Lost and Found
Any items lost and found will usually be turned in to one of the concession stands or taken to the Athletic Office for pickup the next school day. Call ahead if you want to see if your item might have been turned in.


Media Credentials
Media should contact the high school athletic office to inquire about space in the pressbox as well as parking information.  Visiting Radio Stations who need telephone access should contact the high school athletic office.  Internet access is available in the pressbox via wired network cable, wireless access is also available.  If internet access is needed see the pressbox attendant for information on proper connection settings.

St. Joseph football apparel is available at the St. Joseph football boosters concession stand under the home seating area.


There are no restrictions to cowbells, airhorns, thundersticks, shakers, and clappers inside Dickinson Stadium, but please keep in mind that not all fans enjoy it.  Please be respectful for other fans.



Parking is available in the student lot to the north of the stadium as well as along Stadium Drive.  There is no charge for parking.  Tailgating should be done in the secondary student lot directly north of the practice field.  There is reserved parking in the secondary student lot for Box seat holders.  Parking is not allowed on Circle Drive due to the construction.  Additional parking can be found along the side streets, but please be considerate of the people who live along those streets and make sure you are parking in a legal spot, you can also park in the Lakeview side parking lot and walk around the school to the stadium.

Personal Announcements
Announcements are made over the public address system only in case of emergency.

Animals, except for service animals assisting visitors with disabilities, are not permitted inside Dickinson Stadium.

Game programs are sold at the main ticket booth as well as various other locations.

Public Phones
There are no public telephones inside Dickinson Stadium



Radio Broadcasts
Each St. Joseph varsity game is broadcast live on WSJM-AM 1400, also games are broadcast live on the internet at www.wsjmsports.com.  Additionally on occasion, the visiting team will have broadcasts originating from the stadium.

Reserved Seating
Reserved seating is sold through the Athletic Office.  Renewals will be handled first followed anyone wishing to purchase reserved seats.

There are four restroom areas around Dickinson Stadium.  Two sets of men's and women's restrooms are located under the home stands, also in the northwest concession area as well as in the field house behind the visiting stands, there are entrances to the restrooms behind the stands.  All of which contain baby-changing stations


Scoreboard Messages
Dickinson Stadium does not display birthday, anniversary, or other personal messages on the scoreboard.

Seatback Chairs
Stadium chairs are allowed inside Dickinson Stadium, if you are using them on a reserved seat, please make sure you are placing it on your assigned seat.

Severe Weather
In case of a chance for severe weather, we will provide announcements on the PA system about possible threatening weather where your safety could be compromised.  If the game is delayed, fans can return to their vehicles until the weather passes.  Updates may also be relayed on the message board in case of weather delays or any other information.  While in your vehicle, you can also turn on your radios to WSJM-AM 1400 for the latest updates on the weather and status of the game.

For the health and enjoyment of all guests and by Michigan State Law, smoking is prohibited in all St. Joseph school grounds.  The enforcement of this regulation depends on the cooperation, consideration, and good faith of smokers and nonsmokers alike. It is the responsibility of all fans to observe the no-smoking regulation.

Student seating
There are two area designated for St. Joseph students, High School students are to use the north end of the home stands.  Students from Upton Middle school should use the south end of the home stands.


Tailgating is allowed in the parking lot north of the practice fields, we would request that you do not use charcoal grills to cook with, as there is no safe place to dispose of the charcoal and even items that appear to be extinguished may remain flammable and cause fires.  Alcoholic beverages are prohibited as well.  If you have music playing in your vehicle keep it at a tolerable level.  There is a St. Joseph city ordinance that prohibits loud music, which can be punished by a $100 fine.


  • General Admission ($5) admission can be purchased at the gate or in advance for certain games only.
  • Reserved seats ($40) includes admission to all JV and Freshman games at Dickinson Stadium.
  • All Season pass ($75) includes one reserved seat and admission to ALL St. Joe regular season home games for that school year.
  • Family pass ($150) includes 2 reserved seats, and an all sports pass to all home games for immediate family members living at home.
  • Child's reserved seat ($10) 10 years old and younger, Children 10 and over are full price ($40)
  • Student pass ($50) admission to all St. Joe home athletic events for that school year.
  • Football Box Seats ($300) includes seating for 6, 3 reserved parking passes, box nameplate, and admission to all fall home athletic events.
  • Senior Gold Card (FREE!!) free admission to all home events (age 62+), reserved tickets and be purchased for only $20 with gold cards.  (Gold cards are only available at the superintendants office at the administration building at North Lincoln School)

  • Reserved, All-Season, Family, Child's Reserved, Student, and Box Seats are available at the Athletic Office.  ALL passes exclude admission to MHSAA playoff games and games played at Dickinson Stadium that are not St. Joseph games.


Umbrellas are allowed in Dickinson Stadium, however please do not use then in a way that it blocks the vision or in anyway interferes with other fans.



Water Fountains
There are two water fountains under the home stands

Wheelchair/Handicap Access
Wheelchair seating is available in the front rows of both the home and visiting seating areas, the only places where they are not are in the student sections as well as in front of the Band.  Handicap parking is located on the south end of the student lot next to the main ticket booth.