Bill Armstrong Stadium

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Bill Armstrong Stadium
Jerry Yeagley Field
Billarmstrongstadium.jpg
The main stand and press box
Location 1606 North Fee Lane
Bloomington, Indiana 47408
Coordinates 39°10′52″N 86°30′52″W / 39.18111°N 86.51444°W / 39.18111; -86.51444
Opened September 13, 1981
Renovated 2001
Owner Indiana University Bloomington
Operator Indiana University Bloomington
Surface Grass
Capacity 6,500
Tenants
Indiana Hoosiers (NCAA) (1981–present)
Little 500 (1981–present)

Bill Armstrong Stadium is a 6,500-capacity soccer-specific stadium and velodrome located in Bloomington, Indiana. The stadium is home to the Indiana Hoosiers men's and women's soccer teams. It also hosted the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship in 1988, and is home to the annual Little 500 cycling race, which was featured in the 1979 Oscar-winning movie Breaking Away.

History[edit]

Construction on the stadium finished in 1981, with the 30th Running of the Little 500 being held on April 25 and the inaugural soccer game on September 13 of the same year.[1] A $2.5 million renovation took place in 2001, bringing a new grass surface, scoreboard and grandstand. The 5,000-seat main stand includes a press facility with room for 50 members of the media. A later phase of the renovation included a 1,500-seat secondary stand on the north side of the field, bringing the stadium to its current capacity of 6,500.

Name[edit]

This stadium is named for William S. Armstrong, Sr. who was the president of the Indiana University Foundation for many years. He was both an avid supporter of the athletic program at Indiana University and very involved with the Little 500 and its activities each year. He can be seen in the movie Breaking Away as the official starter of the race, saying, "Gentlemen, mount your Roadmaster bicycles."

The field was renamed in honor of six-time national champion coach Jerry Yeagley following his retirement in 2004. Therefore, the official name of the complex is Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium, although it is still widely known as simply Armstrong Stadium.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indiana University Student Foundation - IUSF Facilities". Iusf.indiana.edu. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Riggs Field
Host of the College Cup
1988
Succeeded by
Rutgers Stadium