It’s one of the oldest university football stadiums in USA, operating almost continuously since 1901, closed only for renovation periods. Of course upon its opening, it was a very modest venue, limited to a field and wooden stands, named simply varsity field.
The stadium’s creation followed Arch Carson’s initiative from 1895. That’s why the field bears his name to this day, while the stadium’s name is owed to a tragic story of Jimmy Nippert, reportedly an exceptional athlete who suffered from presumably non-threatening injury during a 1923 Miami University game. Unfortunately, due to lack of proper first-aid and post-game treatment, his wound got infected and he died after a few weeks.
His grandfather, James N. Gamble (co-creator of Procter & Gamble) donated $270,000 towards improvement of amenities at the stadium, specifically towards player safety. The tragic accident happened during a long and arduous reconfiguration of the stadium, done in phases and with limited funding since 1915. Initial plans envisioned a full seating bowl, but the north curve was never delivered.