Cowell Stadium

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Coordinates: 43°08′19″N 70°56′23″W / 43.13861°N 70.93972°W / 43.13861; -70.93972

Cowell Stadium
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Cowell Stadium
Former names Alumni Field (1936–1951)
Location 145 Main Street
Durham, New Hampshire 03824
Owner University of New Hampshire
Operator University of New Hampshire
Capacity 10,000-12,000 (2016–future)
6,500 (1936–2015)
Surface FieldTurf
Broke ground 1936
Opened October 10, 1936
Expanded 2015
Construction cost $25 million (expansion)
Architect unknown
UNH Football and Track & Field

Cowell Stadium is a 6,500-seat open-air multi-purpose stadium in Durham, New Hampshire on the campus of the University of New Hampshire. It is home to the New Hampshire Wildcats football and track and field varsity teams. The stadium, which runs west-northwest, consists of a FieldTurf playing surface surrounded by a 400-metre track. On either side of the track are aluminum stands (the larger home stands being on northeast side), and temporary seating is placed in endzones during football games. The stadium lies just southwest of the Field House, which houses Lundholm Gym as well as Swazey Pool and the Jerry Azumah Performance Center. The main grandstand is attached to the Field House.

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.

The stadium is going through major renovations during the 2015 offseason. Plans call for a new seating section on the Eastern End Zone side, which would include new restrooms, concession, and press box. It also calls for restoration of the current Western End Zone seats. The capacity when completed will be slightly over 10,000. When completed for the 2016 season, the facility will be renamed Wildcat Stadium.


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