James Griffin Stadium is a 4,367-capacity stadium in Saint Paul
, USA. Although it is located on the grounds of Saint Paul Central High School, it was also home the Concordia University
, Saint Paul's football and women's soccer teams until 2008. It also is a venue for three high schools in the Saint Paul public school district who do not have a football stadium of their own; Arlington, Como Park, and Johnson being the three who use this facility.
The stadium was home to the Minnesota Thunder from 2004 through May 12, 2008.The stadium, colloquially referred to as "The Jimmy" by Thunder supporters and "The Griff" by Concordia fans, was originally named Central Stadium. It was renamed in 1988 for James S. Griffin, the first black police captain in Saint Paul, as well as an athlete and athletic official.
After 14 years at the National Sports Center
, Minnesota the Minnesota Thunder moved to James Griffin Stadium.The Thunder cited the increased accessibility, compared to a suburb 20 miles away, and the want to expand its fanbase.In May 2008 the Thunder moved back to the National Sports Center.
The scoreboard was the last element to receive an upgrade in the stadium. Before the start of fall sports in 2009, the eggcrate-style scoreboard was replaced with an LED version to enhance visibility during daytime games.In addition to sporting events, James Griffin Stadium has been the host site for the Rondo Days drill team competition numerous times.