Gilmore Stadium

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Los Angeles, CA, USA

Besides the Hollywood Legion Stadium, the Los Angeles area had only one other major boxing venue, the famed Olympic Auditorium, in the early 20th Century. With a capacity of 10,400, the Olympic Auditorium was a fine boxing arena, more than twice as big as the first version of the Hollywood Legion Stadium. Starting with its construction and opening in 1925, the Olympic would have unstable times. Despite the fact that some boxing men like Joe Levy, Jack Doyle (along with his matchmaker, Wad Wadhams), and Joe Waterman had some successes at the Olympic, things would be somewhat unstable at the venue until the middle of World War II.

Because the Hollywood Legion boxing cards had been so successful for many years, there were plans to build a new arena with a capacity of 6,300 to replace the old one with a capacity of 4,500 in 1938. The cost of the new arena was a reported $250,000. Due to the fact that the new arena was to be built on the same site where the old arena was located, a number of Hollywood Legion cards would be staged at Gilmore Stadium for several months with a great deal of success in 1938. An open-air facility, Gilmore Stadium was also used for midget auto racing, football games, and even baseball exhibitions. (Gilmore Field, a baseball park for the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League, was built later. It would be located near Gilmore Stadium.)

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