Nestled near the corner of Cretin and Summit, O’Shaughnessy Stadium is home to St. Thomas football, men's track and field, and women's track and field. Constructed in 1947 and opened in 1948, it has served as one of the most iconic stadiums in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), hosting numerous NCAA playoff games, Tommie-Johnnie football games, and many MIAC Track & Field Championships.
The stadium, which was most recently renovated in 2017 with a new Field Turf surface on the football field (Palmer Field) and a purple 400-meter Beynon track, holds a seating capacity of 5,025. This capacity includes 788 seat back chairs (550 in the main grandstand and 238 on the Fowler Veranda, a premium seating space opposite the grandstand). Bleachers generate the remaining 4,237 seats. A record crowd of 12,483 witnessed the Tommie football team take on Saint John's on September 14, 2014 thanks in part to additional bleacher seating that was erected in both endzones.
O’Shaughnessy Stadium is named for Ignatius O’Shaughnessy, a St. Thomas graduate and philanthropist. O'Shaughnessy arrived at St. Thomas after being expelled from Saint John’s University for skipping evening vespers. One fateful train ride landed him in downtown St. Paul, where he met Father James Dolphin, the president of St. Thomas. Dolphin later accepted O'Shaughnessy into the University of St. Thomas. O'Shaughnessy went on to graduate and become an exceptional philanthropist, with donations including $8.5 million to St. Thomas.
Home Field Advantage
After three consecutive seasons with a losing home record, Head Coach Glenn Caruso arrived for the 2008 season and has developed a home field advantage for Tommie football. In the 11 seasons since Caruso took the reigns, the Tommies have enjoyed a 76-5 home record, an unprecedented winning percentage of .938. Included in this record are a number of NCAA Playoff games hosted on campus in recent years. Over the past 10 seasons, St. Thomas has accumulated a 19-2 home playoff record, helping the Tommies reach a pair of Stagg Bowls (NCAA Division III National Championship game) in 2012 and 2015.
Together, all three sports calling O'Shaughnessy Stadium home have combined for 86 MIAC Championships since the facility opened. Men's track and field leads the way with 37, including each of the last eight and 32 of the previous 37 conferenc titles. Women's track and field follows with 35 of a possible 38 titles since the inception of the MIAC Women's Track and Field Championships. Tommie football has captured 14 league titles, half of which have come in the last 10 seasons.