The stadium opened on October 10, 1936 with a game against rival Maine. The stadium is a part of the main athletics area of campus, south of Main Street and west of the railroad tracks. It replaced Memorial Field, which has since been remodeled for use by women's lacrosse and field hockey, and lies across Main St. beside the Whittemore Center. The stadium was originally named Alumni Field, but was renamed in 1952 in honor of former football coach and athletic director William H. "Butch" Cowell. The field itself was renamed Mooradian Field in 1994 to honor Andy Mooradian, a longtime UNH professor and athletic director. The track and field facility surrounding the field is named after Reggie F. Atkins, UNH class of 1928, a star student athlete who in later life donated the funds to start building the facility.