Al F. Caniglia Field

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Al F. Caniglia Field
Location Omaha, Nebraska
Coordinates 41°15′26″N 96°00′26″W / 41.257113°N 96.007350°W / 41.257113; -96.007350Coordinates: 41°15′26″N 96°00′26″W / 41.257113°N 96.007350°W / 41.257113; -96.007350
Owner University of Nebraska Omaha
Operator University of Nebraska Omaha
Capacity 3,097
Construction
Opened October 1, 1949
Renovated 2013
Reopened October 26, 2013
General contractor Hellas Sports Construction (renovation)
Tenants
Omaha Mavericks men's soccer
Omaha Mavericks women's soccer

Caniglia Field is a stadium located on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. Beginning on October 26, 2013, it became home of the Omaha Mavericks men's and women's soccer teams. Caniglia Field seats 3,097 fans and features 1,390 chairback seats and VIP boxes. The field features a 21-foot by 42-foot LED video board and scoreboard. The Omaha soccer pitch, installed by Hellas Construction, is the only NCAA Division I field to receive the prestigious FIFA Recommended 2-Star certification.[1] The state-of-the-art soccer-specific turf features a lower grain that allows the ball to move faster and an infill of ground coconut husks and cork to keep the on-field temperature lower. [2]

History[edit]

The stadium used to be home of the NCAA Division II UNO Mavericks football and track teams. Prior to playing at Caniglia Field, in 1927, businessmen formed the North Omaha Activities Association in order to redevelop Saratoga School's playing field into a football field for the university's football team. With new bleachers built to accommodate a crowd of a thousand, the Saratoga Field was home to Omaha's football team until Caniglia opened.[3] The first game was played on Caniglia Field on October 1, 1949 against Northern Illinois.[4] Omaha would later drop varsity football in 2011.

The stadium also hosted two NAIA Division II football playoff games in 1990, including the national championship game, during Peru State's sole championship-winning season.

See also[edit]

University of Nebraska Omaha

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nelson, Andrew (2014-04-12). "Upgrades for Omaha soccer gives fans something about which to get excited". The Gateway. University of Nebraska Omaha. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Caniglia Field University of Nebraska at Omaha website.
  3. ^ Saratoga Field University of Nebraska at Omaha archive.
  4. ^ "2007 Football Media Guide". UNO Athletics. Archived from the original on 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2008-02-19.