Jack Williams Stadium has long been considered one of the finest American Legion baseball stadiums in the country. In fact, the Fargo park neighboring the Red River of the North is one of few Legion-owned and -operated stadiums of such quality in the entire United States.
Needless to say, national tournaments aren't the only ones to be hosted at Jack Williams Stadium. The park has hosted several postseason tournaments at all amateur levels.
When the lights first turned on in June 1966, it marked a new era of baseball in Fargo, thanks in large part to Gilbert C. Grafton Post No. 2, the Fargo American Legion post that played the lead role in construction of the facility.
Barnett Field, former home of the Fargo-Moorhead Twins of the Northern League, was used by Post 2 baseball teams and by the Fargo Park League until 1963 when it was razed to provide room for Fargo North High School.
The Fargo American Legion post agreed to spearhead the drive for funds, but a number of those who attended the initial meeting lost interest when finances were brought up. Despite the loss of people, committees for lighting and land design were formed.
In mid-February 1965, a fund drive aimed at raising $75,000 for construction of the new ballpark was kicked off with a 10-percent down payment from American Legion groups in Fargo.
Preliminary work in 1965 was delayed, but before winter set in, a reinforced concrete grandstand to seat 1,000 along with the dugouts, infield and outfield turf were in place.