Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium

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Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium
Kenneth P LaValle Stadium.jpg
Location100 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Coordinates40°55′08″N 73°07′27″W / 40.91889°N 73.12417°W / 40.91889; -73.12417Coordinates: 40°55′08″N 73°07′27″W / 40.91889°N 73.12417°W / 40.91889; -73.12417
OwnerStony Brook University
OperatorStony Brook University
Capacity12,300
SurfaceFieldTurf
Construction
Broke groundOctober 25, 1999[1]
OpenedSeptember 14, 2002
Construction cost$22 million
($30.6 million in 2018 dollars[2])
ArchitectDattner Architects
Structural engineerSeverud Associates[3]
Services engineerHenderson Engineers, Inc.[4]
General contractorThe Tyree Organization[5]
Tenants
Stony Brook Seawolves (NCAA) (2002–present)
LaValle Stadium

The Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium is the main stadium for Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York, United States. Construction began in 2000 at a cost of approximately $22 million.[6] With a capacity of 12,300 people (10,300 seating and 2,000 standing),[7] it is the largest outdoor facility in Suffolk County.[8] The stadium is home to the Division I Stony Brook Seawolves and their football, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's lacrosse, and women's lacrosse teams.[8]

The stadium opened on September 14, 2002. It was named in honor of New York state senator Kenneth LaValle on October 19, 2002. LaValle played a key role in the development and creation of the stadium.[8] The stadium consists of a three-tier press box on the east side, as well as six luxury suites, a press box, television and radio booths, and a camera deck on the roof.[8]

Expansion[edit]

LaValle Stadium originally seated 8,300 at the time of its opening, and in October 2012, Stony Brook University allocated $5.7 million for the addition of at least 2,000 seats to LaValle Stadium, bringing the seating capacity from 8,300 to 10,300, with a standing capacity of 2,000 bringing the stadium's total capacity to 12,300.[9]

New York governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a $22 million upgrade to the stadium in 2015, money which was originally allocated for a "computational biomedicine visualization and drug development magnet facility." The Senate had attempted to quietly change the usage of the funds in the state budget.[10]

LaValle Stadium during a football game in 2018, following the expansion and updated field

The expansion was completed in the summer of 2017 and added 2,000 seats in the north end zone, as well as a new concessions and restrooms facility.[11] Before the 2018 season, a new turf field was installed in LaValle Stadium, also adding red end zones and a new midfield logo.[12]

Attendance records[edit]

The most attended game in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium history occurred on October 20, 2018, when 12,701 showed up for a Homecoming game against Rhode Island in which Stony Brook won, 52–14.[13]

Highest attendance at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium
Rank Attendance Date Game result
1 12,701 Oct. 20, 2018* Stony Brook 52, Rhode Island 14
2 12,311 Oct. 14, 2017* Stony Brook 38, New Hampshire 24
3 12,221 Oct. 15, 2016* Stony Brook 14, Rhode Island 3
4 12,177 Oct. 17, 2015* Stony Brook 14, Towson 21
5 11,301 Sept. 27, 2014* Stony Brook 21, William & Mary 27 (OT)
6 11,224 Oct. 5, 2013* Stony Brook 21, Bryant 13
7 10,278 Sept. 22, 2012* Stony Brook 32, Colgate 31
8 10,252 Aug. 28, 2014 Stony Brook 7, Bryant 13
9 8,286 Nov. 26, 2011 Stony Brook 31, Albany 28
10 8,278 Sept. 24, 2011* Stony Brook 37, Lafayette 20

Asterisks indicate Homecoming games. Stony Brook's matchup against Albany on November 26, 2011 was a first-round playoff game in the NCAA Division I Football Championship.[14]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "September 14, 2002: New Era for Stony Brook Football" (Press release). Stony Brook University Department of Athletics. January 15, 2002. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "Projects". Severud Associates. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  4. ^ "Sports/Recreation". Henderson Engineers, Inc. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
  5. ^ "Kenneth P. Lavelle Stadium". Prestressed Concrete Institute. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  6. ^ "Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium at Stony Brook University". Discover Long Island. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  7. ^ "Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium". Stony Brook University Department of Athletics. August 25, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d "Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium". Stony Brook University Athletics. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  9. ^ Sampson, Christine (October 15, 2012). "Officials: $5.7M Allocated for Future LaValle Stadium Expansion". Patch. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  10. ^ lovett, ken. "Gov. Cuomo set to veto $22.2M pork project for Sen. Kenneth LaValle Stadium - NY Daily News". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  11. ^ "Together We Transform Thursday: Jan. 5, 2017". Stony Brook University Athletics. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  12. ^ Sleter, Greg. "Stony Brook Installs New Turf Field Ahead Of Fall Season". SleterFC.com. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  13. ^ "Stony Brook's Complete Game Rolls Rhode Island on Homecoming". Stony Brook University Athletics. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  14. ^ Nov 26, foxsports; ET, 2011 at 5:40p (2011-11-26). "Stony Brook 31, Albany (NY) 28". FOX Sports. Retrieved 2018-12-05.

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