Perfect location for a brisk walk to a game.
The Ralston Complex is just across the Market Street Bridge from Wilkes' main campus -- adjacent to the city of Wilkes-Barre's beautiful Kirby Park. It contains Schmidt Stadium, the home field of our football, lacrosse and soccer teams.
If you were at Wilkes in the fall of 1965 you were probably one of the first people to cheer the Colonels and Lady Colonels on Wilkes' new playing field, which opened on September 25, 1965.
In 1967, the field was dedicated to the "father" of Wilkes athletics, George Ralston,
who was Wilkes' first football coach and first athletic director. Ralston, who passed
away in 2007, coached basketball and baseball at Wilkes.
As part of the dedication ceremony, Ralston was awarded a plaque that proclaimed him "...the person who most represents the spirit at Wilkes: Friendship through Contest." He was a permanent presence at Wilkes games who was known for kneeling on one knee to cheer his Colonels with a familiar "Let's go-o-o-o-o, WILKES!"
In 1982, Ralston was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Luzerne County Chapter, and in 1993, was an inaugural member of the Wilkes University Athletics Hall of Fame. Ralston was a former Dean of Students and served as a Special Assistant to Alumni Relations.