Art Wright Stadium, just like Wadsworth Football has evolved and grown each year. Here is the story of Art Wright and the Stadium that bears his legendary name.
This stadium is dedicated to Arthur Harry Wright, the teacher, coach and high school principal who guided the young men and women of Wadsworth for 36 years.
Mr. Wright served in the Navy during World War II as Lieutenant Commander. He holds the Navy Commendation Ribbon for leadership, courage, and prompt and efficient action during the torpedoing of his ship. He was awarded battle stars for his participation in the invasion of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
He also has the Bronze Start for heroic achievement while engaged in the hazardous duty of sailing his ship through mined waters necessary to insure the safe entry of United States occupational forces to the Empire of Japan.
The seats at the Stadium have been filled many times since Art Wright refined a tradition of excellence here. Those who knew him say he believed in playing the game of football or life to his very best ability - virtues that are memorialized on this playing field!
Art Wright Stadium was built in .......... Known originally as Grandview Stadium, its name was changed by a unanimous vote of the school board shortly after Wright's untimely death following a heart attack in July of 1965.
A $2.8 million renovation of Art Wright Stadium, the home of the Wadsworth Grizzlies football team was completed in August of 2013. The objectives of the renovation are to provide handicapped-accessibility throughout the stadium, increase the playability and safety of the game field, improve the visitors’ bleachers, meet the restroom facility demands and enhance aesthetics.
A new plaque honoring Arthur Wright, who served as a teacher, coach, athletic director and high school principal at Wadsworth for 36 years. Originally known as Grandview Stadium, its name was changed in 1965 following Wright's death.