Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

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Navy–Marine Corps
Memorial Stadium
2005 Stanford-Navy Game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.jpg
Hosting Stanford in 2005
Address 550 Taylor Avenue
Location Annapolis, Maryland
Coordinates 38°59′06″N 76°30′25″W / 38.985°N 76.507°W / 38.985; -76.507Coordinates: 38°59′06″N 76°30′25″W / 38.985°N 76.507°W / 38.985; -76.507
Owner United States Navy
Operator U.S. Naval Academy
Capacity 34,000
Record attendance 38,792 (vs. Air Force,
October 7, 2017)
Surface FieldTurf Revolution
(2005–present)
Natural grass
(1959–2004)
Construction
Broke ground 1958
Opened September 26, 1959
59 years ago
Renovated 2004
Construction cost $3.1 million[1]
Architect 360 Architecture (formerly CDFM2)
2004 renovations
Tenants
Navy Midshipmen (NCAA; 1959–present)
Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL-2; 2007)
Chesapeake Bayhawks (MLL; 2009–present)
Military Bowl (2013–present)
Annapolis  is located in the US
Annapolis 
Annapolis 
Location in the United States
Annapolis is located in Maryland
Annapolis
Annapolis
Location in Maryland

Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is an open-air stadium located on the campus of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Opened in 1959, it serves as the home stadium of the Navy Midshipmen college football and lacrosse, and the professional Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse. The stadium is also the host of the Military Bowl.[2]

The stadium's opener was a 29–2 win over William & Mary on September 26, 1959,[3] and its current seating capacity is 34,000.[4] The attendance record is 38,792, set in 2017 during Navy's 48-45 defeat of Air Force on October 7.[5] Prior to 1959, Navy played its home games at Thompson Stadium, which seated only 12,000. Its site on campus is now occupied by Lejeune Hall, the venue for USNA water sports.

The stadium hosted soccer games as part of the 1984 Summer Olympics;[6] in April 2018, D.C. United of the Major League Soccer played a regular season game versus Houston Dynamo.[7]

On March 3, 2018 the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2018 NHL Stadium Series, an outdoor regular season hockey game on an ice surface constructed at the stadium.[8][9][10]

Memorial[edit]

The stadium serves as a memorial to the Navy and Marine Corps; it is dedicated to those who have served (and will serve) as upholders of the traditions and renown of the Navy and Marine Corps of the United States. The thousands of memorial bench-back and wall plaques are a constant reminder, as well as the list of numerous battles involving the Naval and Marine Corps forces since the early 1900s.[citation needed]

Renovation[edit]

In 2004 the stadium underwent a major renovation by 360 Architecture, among the improvements were an expanded press box, 140 club seats and associated club lounge, private suites, new stadium seating (northwest end zone), ADA enhancements, updated restrooms, concessions and stadium operation facilities, new banquet facilities, and renovated locker room facilities.

Playing surface[edit]

For its first 46 years, the stadium's playing field was natural grass. Prior to the 2005 football season, the grass field was replaced with FieldTurf, a next-generation infilled synthetic turf. The field runs northwest to southeast, with the pressbox along the southwest sideline,[11] and the elevation of the field is approximately 45 feet (14 m) above sea level.

Jack Stephens Field[edit]

The field at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is named "Jack Stephens Field", for Jackson T. Stephens (Class of 1947), whose gift aided (1) the renovation of the stadium, (2) the Class of 1947 Legacy project to benefit the Academy's Museum, and (3) other Academy projects.[4]

1984 Summer Olympics[edit]

Several first round matches in the association football (soccer) tournament at the 1984 Summer Olympics were played at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Date Time
(EDT)
Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Attendance
July 29, 1984 19.30  France 2–2  Qatar Group A 29,240
July 30, 1984 19:00  Yugoslavia 2–1  Cameroon Group B 15,010
July 31, 1984 19:00  Chile 1–0  Qatar Group A 14,508
August 1, 1984 19:00  Yugoslavia 1–0  Canada Group B 20,000
August 2, 1984 19:00  Chile 1–1  France Group A 28,114
August 3, 1984 19:00  Iraq 2–4  Yugoslavia Group B 24,430

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Army gives $1107 to Navy stadium". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. November 19, 1957. p. 27. 
  2. ^ Patterson, Chip (May 20, 2013). "Military Bowl moving to Annapolis, adds Conference USA for '13". CBSSports.com. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Navy is winner in new stadium". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. September 27, 1959. p. 3, sports. 
  4. ^ a b Facilities: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Naval Academy Varsity Athletics official website. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
  5. ^ "After 811 total rushing yards, Navy football tops Air Force through the air". The Washington Post. 7 October 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017. 
  6. ^ 1984 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 1. Part 1. pp. 129-31.
  7. ^ 10-man D.C. United holds off Columbus Crew in its first win of the season - Emily Olsen, Pro Soccer USA, 14 April 2018
  8. ^ Khurshudyan, Isabelle (May 27, 2017). "Capitals expected to play in outdoor game at Naval Academy next season". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 28, 2017. 
  9. ^ Gulitti, Tom (May 29, 2017). "Maple Leafs, Capitals to play in Stadium Series at U.S. Naval Academy". NHL.com. Retrieved May 30, 2017. 
  10. ^ Wagner, Bill (May 28, 2017). "Capitals to play at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium". The Capital. Retrieved June 8, 2017. 
  11. ^ Aerial image[dead link] from USGS via Microsoft Research Maps

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