Spartan Municipal Stadium, formerly known as Universal Stadium, is a stadium in Portsmouth, Ohio. It hosted the NFL's Portsmouth Spartans
from 1930 to 1933, as well as local high school teams. The stadium held 8,200 people at its peak and was built in 1930. In 1970, it was renamed
Spartan Municipal Stadium. On October 5, 2003, the stadium was designated at a state historical site. The stadium is owned by the City of
Portsmouth. After a fire in the 1990s, the city replaced walls and the press box. Also, the city upgraded the lighting thanks to a USDA grant.
Several years ago, the city began limiting stadium use to only regular football games to help preserve the sod. In the past, both Portsmouth and
Notre Dame High School football teams have played on the turf. The city wanted to sell the stadium to the Portsmouth City School District for one
dollar, but the district turned down the offer as they received $10 million from a local foundation to construct their own athletic complex next to the
new city school complex.
The future of the stadium complex is in doubt. When completed, Notre Dame has been invited to play at the new Trojan stadium and the
Shawnee State University Board of Trustees recently approved a future buildings plan that would include a new stadium for the university. The
city has even discussed demolishing the stadium for future development while local concerned residents have expressed the need to preserve
the historical site.