Entrance to Cameron Stadium
|Former names||Old Fairgrounds (1885-1920)
College Park (1920-2001)
Cameron Stadium (2001-present)
|Location||60 Park Avenue
|Owner||Washington & Jefferson College|
FieldTurf (installed in 1999)
|Architect||Kimball Design-Build Group(2001 renovations)|
|General contractor||Landau Building Company(2001 renovations)|
Facilities and amenities
The stadium is home to the Towler Hall, located next to the field house, which is the home to the W&J Athletic Hall of Fame. Plaques featuring the names of each individual that has been inducted into the Hall of Fame hang on the wall. Towler Hall also has a large banquet room with capacity for 135-150 people. The adjacent Eaton/Gentile Room contains athletic memorability from the college's past.
In 1885, the college purchased the old Washington Fairgrounds, an 8 acre field in the south side of town, for athletic purposes. In order to finance the purchase of the property the college erected an oil well on the grounds. Students exercised in a makeshift facility under the grandstand in the years before the Old Gym was constructed in 1893. In 1920, the field was renamed College Field.
In 1990, the locker facilities received $500,000 worth of renovations and improvements.
In 1999, the stadium was renovated and expanded through a $2.5 million donation from the Cameron family, best known as the owners of Cameron Coca-Cola. The renovations included the installation of a new FieldTurf playing surface, the construction of an eight-lane outdoor track, the construction of improved visitor bleachers, and the installation of a new scoreboard. The next year, the college completed phase two of the renovation in 2000 saw the construction of expanded locker rooms, a new women's locker room, luxury suites, two new concession stands, three new ticket booths, and additional seating for 1,000 spectators. A state-of-the-art press box was constructed, along with hardware necessary for television and radio broadcasts. That same year, the college completed the Washington & Jefferson Athletic Hall of Fame, contained in the Eaton/Gentile Hall of Fame Room at Towler Hall. In 2001, the stadium was renamed Cameron Stadium.
Three years later, the locker room and training facilities located under the bleachers were renovated and the track was resurfaced and repainted. In 2008, the playing surface was replaced with RealGrass artificial turf, including multi-colored end zones and a new W&J College logo at the 50-yard line.
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