Alumni Memorial Field

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Alumni Memorial Field at Foster Stadium
Alumni Memorial Field
Alumni Memorial Field at Foster Stadium
Location North Main Street
Lexington, Virginia 24450
Coordinates 37°47′20″N 79°26′6″W / 37.78889°N 79.43500°W / 37.78889; -79.43500Coordinates: 37°47′20″N 79°26′6″W / 37.78889°N 79.43500°W / 37.78889; -79.43500
Opened 1962
Renovated 2006
Owner Virginia Military Institute
Operator Virginia Military Institute
Surface Bermuda Grass
Construction cost $250,000
Architect HOK Sport (renovations)
Capacity 10,000
Tenants
VMI football
For other uses, see Alumni Stadium (disambiguation)

Alumni Memorial Field at Foster Stadium is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose stadium in Lexington, Virginia. It opened in 1962. It is home to the Virginia Military Institute Keydets football team.

History[edit]

Alumni Memorial Field was built and completed in 1962. The cost was approximately $250,000, funded by the General Assembly of Virginia and VMI Alumni Association.[1] Fiberglass seating was installed in 1974.

Much later in 2006, many improvements were made to the stadium. A new scoreboard with a jumbotron was added, along with new concourses, restrooms, and locker rooms. It totaled for a cost of $15 million.

Features[edit]

After renovation to the stadium in 2006, Alumni Memorial Stadium features permanent ticket booths, new concourses, restrooms, and locker rooms. It has a capacity of 10,000, with 54 rows at 173 feet high. The playing surface is Bermuda Grass.

Tradition[edit]

Before every VMI home game, the VMI Corps of Cadets marches from their barracks onto the field while the VMI Regimental Band plays "Shenandoah", along with a cannon called "Little John" firing at the start and end of the game and after every VMI score.[2]

Record crowds[edit]

On September 15, 1973, VMI fell to Navy 37-8 in the largest crowd in Alumni Memorial Field history, with an attendance of 10,000. Just three years earlier on October 31, 1970, before 2,400 spectators, VMI fell heavily to Davidson 55-21 in the smallest crowd in Alumni Memorial Field history.[3]

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