Facilities & Directions
2001 Alford Park Dr. Kenosha, WI 53140
Directions to Carthage College
From northbound I-94: Exit at Wisconsin Highway 50, Wisconsin Highway 158 or Wisconsin Highway 142. Follow east for approximately eight miles and turn left (north) at Sheridan Road (Wisconsin Highway 32). Just past St. Catherine Commons senior living, Sheridan Road becomes, by going straight at the light, Alford Park Drive and follows Lake Michigan. Carthage College and the Carthage athletic complex is on Alford Park Drive, less than a mile north of St. Catherine Commons.
From northbound or southbound I-94 via Highway E: Exit at Highway E, the first Kenosha exit. Follow east for approximately eight miles, or until the road ends at Sheridan Road (Wisconsin Highway 32) and turn right (south). Carthage College is on this road, approximately one mile south of Highway E. Turn left at the drive past the flagpole and over the bridge to reach the Carthage athletic complex.
Art Keller Field
The first football game on Carthage's Kenosha-campus was played against Illinois Wesleyan University on Nov. 6, 1965. The facility, then known as the Carthage Football Field, was dedicated on Sept. 24, 1966 prior to a game versus Lake Forest College. In its original configuration, with wooden bleachers on both sides of the field, the facility had 4,000 seats. Carthage set a facility attendance record with an estimated 4,900 spectators for Parents/Art Keller Day on Sept. 27, 1975 in a the home-opener versus North Park College (now known as North Park University). In November 1975, the Carthage Board of Trustees named the facility the Art Keller Athletic Field, and the name was shortened to Art Keller Field in 2004.
The wooden bleachers on the home side of the field (west) were removed prior to the 1996 season and were replaced by all-new metal and molded-plastic bleacher seating for 986 fans. At the same time, the press box was moved from the west side of the field to east side, adjacent to the W.A. Seidemann Natatorium. Lights were added in 1997, and a portion of the wooden bleachers on the visitor?s side of the field were removed prior to the 2002 season. In its current configuration, the Art Keller Field is a 1,658-seat facility.
In 2000, thanks to a major gift from David and Gael Romoser, a state-of-the-art AstroPlayâ surface was installed on Art Keller Field. AstroPlay is a synthetic surface consisting of soft, low-abrasion nylon fibers surrounded by rubber granules. Installed over a sophisticated drainage system, the surface offers excellent traction regardless of weather, and can accommodate intensive use in a succession of games and practice sessions. Art Keller Field was one of the country's first installations of this technology, now spreading rapidly in professional and NCAA ranks. A football practice field, with natural grass, is located just west of Art Keller Field. In the summer of 2005, a new press box was constructed on the east side of the field. That press facility will allow Carthage to play host to NCAA Division III Football Championship events.