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Holleder Memorial Stadium


Rochester, NY
United States


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Joined: Jun 8 2007
Wrong name

I do believe that the name of the stadium in Rochester was Hollander Memorial Stadium, not Holleder. Might be worth doing some research.

Joined: Jun 17 2007
venue name

Holleder is correct and it was a FUNNNN show!!

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Highest stage I ever saw.

Highest stage I ever saw. Phil came out early and peered over edge. Cops on tall office building watching crowd. Haven't heard tapes but I belive Bobby says hi to them. Man was it hot that day.

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Joined: Jul 9 2007
Good Rats - Bad Band!

The Good Rats, a band from Long Island, opened the show and they were TERRIBLE! One of the WORST choices to open for the Dead in the 100+ shows I saw. It was very hot in the sun-baked stadium, and the audience was anxious to see the Dead... so when the Good Rats threw rubber rats out into the crowd during their set, the Heads immediately threw them back at the band.

The Dead played a very spacey show, as they often did in hot outdoor venues.

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Joined: Jul 1 2007
Yes the Good Rats were

Yes the Good Rats were horrible for an opening act for the Dead. They used to play alot of local gigs at the Penny Acarade on Lake ave, in Rochester. HOLLANDER Stadium is the correct name.

Joined: Aug 16 2007
Don Holleder

Please. It was Holleder Stadium. (I believe it does not exist anymore).
Don Holleder was a local Rochester boy who attended Aquinas High School and then West Point. He played for the Army football team and was an All-American in 1956. He was drafted by the NFL's New York Giants but opted for a career in the military instead. He requested a tour of duty in Vietnam (given his age and rank at that point apparently going for him was optional) and was killed there attempting to rescue some fellow soldiers from a tough spot.
Holleder Stadium was formerly Aquinas Stadium, where that school played it's home games.

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Joined: Sep 5 2007
Rats- Jerry Skull vision

I drove to this show with my Grammas hoisted '66 Impala-Das Boat...
Well drank all night and was not in good shape but the Rats
I recall the clincher was they played MEAN Mother-F--cker and that was when the Heads finally turned on day..Jerry to me looked like death warmed over...saw him as a skeleton several times- I he did not much like the heat..I was not with it enough to really rate the show- Rumor was the Allmans would be playing also so we thought maybe this would be like another Watkins Glen...parking lot scene was wild - drove 10 heads home and WHEEL FELL OF CAR AS I GOT HOME!! DOH!! an hour earlier 10 dead dead heads...angels watching over me my lord...

"if the Thunder don't get ya then the lightning will!"- The Wheel
"Gonna find out something only dead men know" - Silvio
Class of Red Rocks '79...
Life without the Dead is not life...and so we carry on...

Joined: Sep 16 2007

Lots of Hells Angels and Cops but a great first show . the boys really jammed and It is or was called Holleder Memorial Stadium .Originally named Aquinas Field, it was renamed in 1974 in memory of former Aquinas and Army quarterback Don Holleder,It was torn down in 1984. An industrial park now sits on the old site.

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Joined: Nov 15 2007
Also my first show

But I was a fan of the Goodrats and familiar with their music, unlike the Dead scene, which I was not familiar with at all.

I thoroughly enjoyed both opening acts, The Greg Kin Band and The Good Rats. But by the time the Dead came on, I was feeling the effects of the two red dragons that attacked me in the parking lot, and mostly walking around in a daze, blown away by the whole scene. I vaguely remember a moment of clarity during Franklin's Tower, and just started singing "roll away" with the band and the crowd. It was amazing and life altering for me.

Looking back, I can see now how the Goodrats were not a particularly compatible choice for an opening act. Not that they weren't good, in their own way, but just didn't quite fit with this crowd.

Regardless, I have dreamt often of owning this show, but never got around to acquiring it. That will change soon!

Thanks guys! You rock!

Joined: Nov 19 2010
Dire Wolf

We were at this show and we sat with a couple who held a "dire wolf" image on a posterboard and stick. I felt like were were in the promised water, and very hot. The sun was relentless. After the show, in the lot, our ice had melted and beer was warm. Our grill food looked spoiled and we were going to throw it out, but a head said he could "cook it up"! Dosed popsicles anyone?! Bobby did warn us about the "cops on the building with cameras and such, looking out for our interests! Then they broke into a great Scarlet/Fire.


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