Johnny Unitas Stadium

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Johnny Unitas Stadium
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Former names Minnegan Field (1978-1982)
Towson Stadium (1983-2001)
Location 7500 Osler Drive
Towson, MD 21252
Broke ground 1976
Opened September 9, 1978[1]
Renovated 2002
Owner Towson University
Operator Towson University
Surface FieldTurf
Construction cost $32 million
Architect Ellerbe Becket (renovation)
Capacity 11,198
Tenants
Towson Athletics

Johnny Unitas Stadium at Minnegan Field is a multi-purpose sports stadium in Towson, Maryland.

History[edit]

The stadium was completely renovated in 2002 to accommodate a Division I team, and now seats 11,198. Towson University hosts its home football and Lacrosse games at the stadium. The stadium is named for the Baltimore Colts' Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas, who had taken a job trying to find a corporate sponsor for the stadium with Towson University weeks before his death in 2002. In fact, Unitas threw his last public pass at the re-opening of the facility (as Towson Stadium) just a few days before his death.[2] His widow, Sandy, felt it appropriate to honor him by having the stadium named for him instead, with fund-raising in his name taking the place of the money that a corporate naming would have supplied.

Minnegan Field, named after long-time faculty member, athletic director and coach Donald “Doc” Minnegan, is a FieldTurf artificial playing surface.

In 2008, the Unitas Stadium scoreboard was replaced with a 16:9 full video scoreboard. The new scoreboard stands where the previous scoreboard was placed. The old incandescent light scoreboard was recycled and a new smaller LED scoreboard was installed in the opposite endzone.

In May 2012, new "Fieldturf Revolution" was installed in the Stadium.

Tenants[edit]

New Unitas Stadium Scoreboard

It is the home field for the Towson Football, Men’s & Women’s Lacrosse, and the Women’s Track and Field team. The annual Fall Pep Rally is held at the stadium.

In addition to Towson events, the stadium has also been used for high school football and lacrosse events, the Under 19 World Lacrosse Championship, Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Lacrosse Championships, several NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championships as well as competition in the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championships.

The Baltimore Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse used Johnny Unitas Stadium as their home stadium from 2004 to 2006.

The 2008 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Final Four and Championship were held in Johnny Unitas Stadium, where Northwestern University defeated the University of Pennsylvania 10-6, giving the Wildcats their fourth NCAA title in a row in the sport.

The 2009 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Final Four and Championship were held in Johnny Unitas Stadium where Northwestern University defeated University of North Carolina 21-7. This was the Wildcats fifth title in a row in Women's Lacrosse.

The 2010 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Final Four and Championship were held in Johnny Unitas Stadium where University of Maryland defeated Northwestern University 13-11. This was the Terps 10th NCAA title in Women's Lacrosse.

The Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Game for High School Athletes has been played at Unitas since 2006, its inaugural year.

Field House[edit]

On April 26, 2003 the final renovations to the stadium were completed with the construction of the four-story, 48,000-square-foot (4,500 m2) field house located in the stadium’s west end zone area. The field house features offices, meeting rooms, locker rooms, class rooms, a film editing room an athlete learning center, an athletic training room and an equipment room. The rooftop patio treat guests to a view of athletic contests.

The Minnegan Room[edit]

The Minnegan room on the third floor of the field house is named after longtime faculty member, athletic director and coach "Doc" Minnegan. It is a multipurpose room that has a top view of the action on the field as well as the stadium. The Minnegan room can accommodate up to 200 guests.

Ford-Vetter Athletic Sports Medicine Facility[edit]

This is an area that serves the student-athletes' medical needs. This 3,000-square-foot (280 m2) facility includes separate taping, treatment, rehabilitation, and hydrotherapy areas. The state-of-the-art hydrotherapy and rehabilitation areas include the Swimex system and Biodex training equipment. The facility also includes a physician exam room, conference room, and staff offices.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/baltsun/access/1779363792.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:AI&type=historic&date=Sep+09%2C+1978&author=&pub=The+Sun+(1837-1985)&desc=Terps%2C+Tigers+at+home+today+in+grid+openers&pqatl=google
  2. ^ [1]

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Coordinates: 39°23′18″N 76°36′57″W / 39.388462°N 76.615936°W / 39.388462; -76.615936