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Lodi Stadium in 1940

This 1940 photograph shows the newly completed Lodi Stadium looking from the east end toward the west end on Stockton Street. The stadium, built with workers and funds from the Depression-era Works Progress Administration federal program, cost $150,000 to build. The city of Lodi contributed $15,000 to the cost and the Lodi Union High School student body donated money for the stadium lights. The dirt track that encircled the football playing field was used in the stadium's first years for motorcycle races, Lodi Grape Festival parades and track events. The stadium was completed in the spring of 1940. By June, the Lodi Motorcycle Club had already held a race in the stadium and presented the city with a $116 check from a tax on ticket prices, the city's first revenue from the stadium.



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