The stadium was paid for by a gift of $600,000 from John D. Archbold, a former Syracuse board of trustees member and the vice-president of Standard Oil. The stadium's grandiose structure became the perfect venue for running back Jim Brown's many feats. Perhaps the greatest of Brown's moments as a college football player took place in his final game at Archbold Stadium in a 61-7 blowout of Colgate. Brown scored all of Syracuse's points in the first half, with the press box announcer saying, The score is now Brown 27-Colgate 7. Brown would score a whopping 43 points, which would stand as the record for most points by an individual in a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) until Illinois Howard Griffith scored 48 points in 1990.
Ernie Davis followed in Brown's footsteps. Davis was the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy in 1961. As the successor to Jim Brown, Davis led the Ben Schwartzwalder-coached Syracuse to the National Championship in 1959, defeating Texas in a bitter, racially-charged Cotton Bowl. He also had two more great seasons at Archbold, culminating in his Heisman Trophy win. Tragically, Davis died in 1963.
Football was not the only sport played at Archbold, and baseball legends such as Babe Ruth played several exhibition games at Archbold. Archbold Stadium hosted its last game in 1978 when the Orange beat Navy 20-17.