Dial – Roberson Outdoor All-events Stadium
The Dial-Roberson Outdoor All-Events Stadium is named after James and Nidrah Dial, alumni, and coach football coach Arden Robeson.
Under President Belt's
This extensive plot had been used as a fairgrounds between 1883 and 1901. In 1902 it was sold to a local resident, Henry Young, who in turn sold it to Ohio Northern. The northern end of the grounds was sold for building lots and the balance was made into an athletic facility called Alumni Field.
Contemporary descriptions of Alumni Field provided from university catalogs note that facilities were available for baseball, football, lawn tennis and track. No mention, however, was made of a stadium, though some photographs suggest that simple wooden bleachers were provided.
In the spring of 1911, Ohio Northern established a
West Campus Facilities
After the purchase of the university farm, a part of this land was set aside for athletics, and by 1918 Alumni Field had been abandoned in favor of this new site. The entrance was two blocks west of Brown Hall next to the current Taft Memorial and fairly near the railroad tracks. It was hoped that a suitably imposing sign could be erected marking the entrance since its being visible to railroad passengers would provide additional advertising for the school.
Plans had been made for improved outdoor athletic facilities at Northern since at least 1916. Although preliminary planning began that year, the project was shelved during the war. By November 1920, however, the school was able to begin work on a baseball field with bleachers.
Use of the area for athletic purposes ceased shortly after war’s end. The G.I. Bill allowed many students to attend college, and enrollment at Northern soared. To house these new students, many married, several trailer parks were established on campus, including one on the athletic fields. Fortunately at this time, the citizens of
The new facility was completed in two stages as funds became available. Preliminary planning was underway by February 2000 which permitted phase one to occur during summer 2002. This involved grading the site, installing utilities and some preliminary construction. Phase two of the project began in April 2004 and resulted in a 20,000 square foot facility just east of the existing track. It houses a football stadium, weight rooms, locker rooms and a concessions area. The new stadium was dedicated during the game on
The principal contractor was Corna-Kokosing, Inc. and the Planner/ Architect was Miller-Lecky Architects, Inc.
Coach Arden “Stretch” Roberson, was born
During the 1950’s, coach Roberson pursued a successful coaching career at several institutions. From 1950 to 1956 he was head basketball coach and backfield football coach at
His coaching career at Ohio Northern began in 1960 as head football coach, a position that he held until 1969. From 1969 to 1974 he served as assistant professor of health and physical education at ONU, returning to coaching in 1974. Coach Roberson resumed his position as head football coach until his retirement in 1985.
James Dial graduated from ONU in 1957 with a BA in Education, and Nidrah Roberson Dial received an AA degree from Northern in 1958.