Williams Stadium (Wilmington)

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Williams Stadium
Williams Stadium in 2012
Williams Stadium during the 2012 football season.
Full name Townsend Field at Williams Stadium
Location Elm Street
Wilmington, Ohio, 45177
Operator Wilmington College Athletic Department
Capacity 3,500
Surface Natural grass (1900–2008)
Synthetic turf (2008–present)
Construction
Built 1900
Renovated 1994, 2008
Expanded 1983
Tenants
Wilmington College Football (1900–present)
Wilmington College Lacrosse (2013–present)
Wilmington College Soccer (2014–present)
Wilmington High School Football (2008–present)

Williams Stadium, on the Campus of Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio, is a 3,500-seat multi-purpose football stadium that is home to the Wilmington College Quakers football, men's and women's soccer, and men's and women's lacrosse teams.

History[edit]

Wilmington College football has been played at Townsend Field since 1900. Williams Stadium was constructed in 1983, which increased seating capacity to 3,500. Beckett Track and Field facility was added in 1994. In 2008, the Townsend Field playing field was resurfaced with synthetic turf and new lighting was installed, allowing for night games to be played at the College.[1]
Along with the Wilmington College Quakers football team playing on Townsend field at Williams Stadium, Wilmington College's new Lacrosse teams began play on the field in the spring of 2013. Wilmington High School's football team has also played on the field since its re-surfacing in 2008.

WC Night Games[edit]

Wilmington began playing night games in the 2008 season, with a game against Marietta College, which the Quakers won 34-7. Wilmington has not won another home game at night since then.

The Quakers take on the Otterbein Cardinals on September 15, 2012
Date Result Attendance
September 27, 2014 Otterbein at Wilmington TBD
October 19, 2013 Baldwin Wallace 54, Wilmington 7 789
September 15, 2012 Otterbein 54, Wilmington 10 1,963
September 3, 2011 Mount St. Joseph 26, Wilmington 16 2,111
October 30, 2010 Heidelberg 36, Wilmington 3 891
September 18, 2010 Capital 10, Wilmington 7 2,011
September 26, 2009 Capital 37, Wilmington 21 2,011
September 5, 2009 Mount St. Joseph 27, Wilmington 18 3,087
September 20, 2008 Wilmington 34, Marietta 7 2,684

Lacrosse[edit]

Wilmington's very first Men's Lacrosse game was held at Williams Stadium on February 23, 2013, an 8-6 defeat of DePauw University, in front of 289 fans.
The first Women's Lacrosse game at Williams Stadium was held four days later on February 27, a 23-5 Wilmington loss to Alma College.

Soccer[edit]

With the closing of Charlie Gilhart Field to make room for the new Center for Sport Sciences, Williams Stadium also became home to Wilmington College's Soccer teams. The first Men's Soccer game held there was on August 30, 2014, a 4-0 win over Franklin College. The first Women's game to be held at Williams Stadium was on September 3, a 4-0 loss to Wittenberg University.

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