Staley Field

Staley Field
Location Eldorado & 22nd St.
Decatur, Illinois, United States
Owner A. E. Staley Company
Surface Grass
Decatur Staleys (APFA) (1920)
Decatur Commodores (IIIL) (1901–1915)

Staley Field in Decatur, Illinois was the home of the Decatur Staleys club of the American Professional Football Association in 1920, coached and managed by the young George Halas. Modern convention has tended to label this club the "Decatur Staleys".

The team was owned by the A. E. Staley Manufacturing Company, for which Staley Field was the company athletic field.[1] According to Michael Benson's Ballparks of North America, the field was located at Eldorado and 22nd Streets. In fact, the Staley company's own address is 2200 East Eldorado Street, so presumably Staley Field occupied a piece of the company's grounds. It was also used by the Decatur entry in the Three-I League in 1915 and 1922-23.[2]

The Staley company sold the team to Halas and his partners, who transferred the team to Wrigley Field in Chicago in 1921. As part of the deal, they operated under the "Staley" name for one more season. They proceeded to win the APFA championship that season. For 1922, they renamed themselves the Chicago Bears in order to associate themselves with their landlords.[3] The APFA was also renamed that year, to the National Football League.


Preceded by
first stadium
Home of the Chicago Bears
Succeeded by
Wrigley Field

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