Columbia Soccer Stadium

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Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium
Location Baker Athletic Complex
533 W 218th St.
New York, NY 10034
Coordinates 40°52′20.3982″N 73°54′49.9284″W / 40.872332833°N 73.913869000°W / 40.872332833; -73.913869000Coordinates: 40°52′20.3982″N 73°54′49.9284″W / 40.872332833°N 73.913869000°W / 40.872332833; -73.913869000
Operator Columbia University
Capacity 3,500
Field size 120 x 75
Surface FieldTurf
Construction
Broke ground 1985
Opened 1985
Construction cost $1 million
Tenants
Columbia Lions (NCAA) (1985–present)
Old Blue RFC (1985–present)
New York Cosmos B (NPSL) (2017–present)
New York Red Bulls II (USL) (2015)

The Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium is a 3,500 seat soccer-specific stadium located in Inwood, on the northernmost tip of the island of Manhattan, New York City, within the Baker Athletic Complex. The stadium is named in honor of Rocco B. Commisso, former co-captain of Columbia's 1970 varsity soccer team and current owner and Chairman of the New York Cosmos.[1]

Opened in 1985,[2] it is home to the Columbia Lions men's and women's soccer teams of Columbia University and Old Blue RFC of USA Rugby Club 7s and American Rugby Premiership.

In September 1997, the stadium[3] hosted a semi-final match of the 1997 U.S. Open Cup between the MetroStars and the Dallas Burn of Major League Soccer.[4] From May to July, 2015, the stadium was the part-time home of the New York Red Bulls II of the United Soccer League[5][6] where they played only one home match.[7]

In 2016, a new FieldTurf surface was installed at the stadium. In 2017, the University opened the "Bubble at Baker", a heated seasonal air-supported structure. The Bubble encloses the soccer field and provides 92,000 sq ft (8,500 m2) of winter practice space for Columbia's sports teams. The Bubble will be inflated each winter from December through March.[8] The stadium is adjacent to Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium and the Campbell Sports Center.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Commisso takes over Cosmos, who likely will play within NYC". Toronto Metro News. January 10, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Columbia to Build Soccer Stadium". The New York Times. Associated Press. February 27, 1985. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  3. ^ "**Directions to Baker Field - Columbia University Soccer Stadium**". columbia.edu. Retrieved August 23, 2017. 
  4. ^ "MetroStars in Cup Test". New York Times. September 2, 1997. Retrieved August 23, 2017. 
  5. ^ "New York Red Bulls II finalize deal to play games at Columbia University". New York Red Bulls. March 30, 2015. Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  6. ^ "New York Red Bulls II to Move All Home Games to Red Bull Arena". New York Red Bulls. July 7, 2015. Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Columbia, Kaput: Red Bulls II move all home games to Red Bull Arena". empireofsoccer.com. July 7, 2015. Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  8. ^ "COLUMBIA OPENS NEW INDOOR PRACTICE FACILITY, BUBBLE AT BAKER". Columbia University Athletics. February 3, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017. 

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