Called the “most unique” name for a stadium in college sports, Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium was named in 1976 for a pair of Albion College athletic and academic legends: Dale Sprankle, who won 23 MIAA championships in four sports over a 26-year span as a teacher, coach, and athletic director; and Walter Sprandel, a championship coach in track and basketball while at Olivet and Albion, and later Albion’s dean of students for parts of two decades.
Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium has received a number of upgrades in recent years. A project that included the installation of artificial turf on the football field and a new running surface on Elkin Isaac Track was completed in 2001, field lighting to expand the hours the facility can be used for practice and competition was added in 2012, and a scoreboard with video capability was added in 2014.
The football field is named in honor of legendary football coaches Pete Schmidt and Morley Fraser. Schmidt amassed a 104-27-4 record at Albion along with nine league titles and the 1994 NCAA Division III national championship. Albion won five MIAA championships and compiled an 81-41-1 record under Fraser’s guidance.
The field project also included resurfacing the 400-meter track, the expansion of the runways and landing pits for the long and triple jump events, and a throwing cage was installed east of the stadium to host the hammer throw.
Always a “packed house” for home football games, crowds often line the iron fence and mingle in the plaza to the west of the stands. The Albion marching band, The British Eighth, performs for all college home football games, providing a new show for each football appearance.