Pulaski had relatively small grandstands, with all entry and exit through one gate on each side of the field, and all aisles reached by a ground-level walkway just behind the fence protecting the team benches.
South Stadium, which was home for South Division and Milwaukee Tech (in my recollection, the Trade and Technical High School for Boys) was larger, with seating for up to ten thousand fans, and seats reached by internal passageways and ramps in the style of much larger stadia.
In my three years at Hamilton, football played exactly one game at South Stadium, against Tech.
That's Hamilton's team in the white jerseys, about to score early in the game. Tech, however, scored 32 unanswered points in the second half to ruin an otherwise unbeaten season for Hamilton.
Milwaukee has lost population in the past forty years, and the school system hasn't had a lot of money for fixing its stadiums. In October of 2008, all spectators at a Hamilton - Washington game at Pulaski Stadium had to share the north stands, account the south stands were condemned. Made for an instructive contrast with Greendale's youth football facilities.
South Stadium is older, and there's more stuff to wear out, and now it will be torn down and replaced. The final two games were Bay View at South Division, fittingly, and Vincent at Tech.
Perhaps there is a case for naming the new field for Mike Wenzel.
Also here in Milwaukee, sports fans can’t think of historic South Stadium without the name Mike Wenzel coming to mind. Mike has been involved in one capacity or another at South Stadium for more than 50 years, including many as the stadium manager. While it is possible there may be someone else in Wisconsin who has devoted more than a half-century of his or her life to the operation of a sports facility, it’s highly doubtful. This is not to imply that Mike’s work at South Stadium has been his main job, because it is far from it. Since 1971, when he graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee with a degree in education, Mike’s primary work has been with the Milwaukee Public School System as a teacher, recreation director, coach, referee and you name it. He retired in 2004 at 55 years old. But Mike has had his share of physical ailments in recent years; 10 separate operations including three hip replacements.He had the opportunity to watch Milwaukee's schools decline.
During 1975, Mike was given the official title, South Stadium Manager. At only 26, he was still comparatively young for the job, but so what? He knew what he was doing, and everyone who worked there respected him and followed his instructions.Mr Wenzel wrote a memoir, My Life in Milwaukee Public Schools, including a recollection of South Stadium that devotes a few paragraphs to school rivalries gone bad. "These characters would take some of the so-called hard-core gang members of today and spit them out." Yes, and then go on to build heavy equipment at Allis-Chalmers or Harnischfeger.
He carried on as the stadium manager for the next ten years. But changes had developed in the Milwaukee Public Schools and public school systems virtually everywhere. Drugs had come onto the scene in all their horror, as well as teenage gangs that were roaming about causing fights and other disturbances. Thus in 1985, MPS implemented a School Safety/Security Staff, which took over the operation of the school stadiums and other facilities. The new system had its own director and management team, and Mike’s title was abolished. Since that time, even though his duties have remained basically the same, he has worked under various titles, such as co-stadium manager, game manager and currently assistant stadium manager. Since 1985, Mike has also worked under seven different Security/Event Staff Managers.