Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
|Address||550 Taylor Avenue|
|Owner||Naval Academy Athletic Association (Private Enterprise)|
|Operator||U.S. Naval Academy|
|Record attendance||38,792 (vs. Air Force,|
October 7, 2017)
Natural grass (1959–2004)
|Opened||September 26, 1959|
63 years ago
|Construction cost||$3.1 million|
|Architect||360 Architecture (formerly CDFM2)|
|Navy Midshipmen (NCAA) (1959–present)|
Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL-2) (2007)
Chesapeake Bayhawks (MLL) (2009–2020)
Military Bowl (2013–present)
Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is an open-air stadium located off the campus of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Opened in 1959, it serves as the home stadium of the Navy Midshipmen college football and lacrosse teams, and the professional Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse. The stadium is also the host of the Military Bowl.
The stadium's opener was a 29–2 win over William & Mary on September 26, 1959, and its current seating capacity is 34,000. The attendance record is 38,792, set in 2017 during Navy's 48–45 defeat of Air Force on October 7. Prior to 1959, Navy played its home games at Thompson Stadium, which seated only 12,000. Its site on campus is now occupied by Lejeune Hall, the venue for USNA water sports.
The stadium serves as a memorial to the Navy and Marine Corps; it is dedicated to those who have served (and will serve) as upholders of the traditions and renown of the Navy and Marine Corps of the United States. The thousands of memorial bench-back and wall plaques are a constant reminder, as well as the list of numerous battles involving the Naval and Marine Corps forces since the early 1900s.
In 2004 the stadium underwent a partial renovation – expanded west side press box- by 360 Architecture with Jay Schwarz – Schwarz+Associates (formerly Alt Breeding Schwarz) acting as the local/Associate Architect.
From 2005 through the present, Jay Schwarz – Schwarz+Associates as the lead Architect has continued to design and develop the expansion and ongoing renovations. These include a new processional entrance face lift through which the entire Brigade of Midshipmen marches on game days. Additionally, the Schwarz led team has lowered the playing field to increase stadium capacity, designed club seating and associated club lounges, private suites, additional stadium seating (north and south end zones), ADA enhancements, updated restrooms, concessions and stadium operation facilities, new banquet facilities, and renovated locker room facilities.
For its first 46 years, the stadium's playing field was natural grass. Prior to the 2005 football season, the grass field was replaced with FieldTurf, a next-generation infilled synthetic turf. The field runs northwest to southeast, with the pressbox along the southwest sideline, and the elevation of the field is approximately 45 feet (14 m) above sea level.
Jack Stephens Field
The field at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is named "Jack Stephens Field", for Jackson T. Stephens (Class of 1947), whose gift aided (1) the renovation of the stadium, (2) the Class of 1947 Legacy project to benefit the Academy's Museum, and (3) other Academy projects.
1984 Summer Olympics
Several first round matches in the association football (soccer) tournament at the 1984 Summer Olympics were played at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
|Team #1||Result||Team #2||Round||Attendance|
|July 29, 1984||19.30||France||2–2||Qatar||Group A||29,240|
|July 30, 1984||19:00||Yugoslavia||2–1||Cameroon||Group B||15,010|
|July 31, 1984||19:00||Chile||1–0||Qatar||Group A||14,508|
|August 1, 1984||19:00||Yugoslavia||1–0||Canada||Group B||20,000|
|August 2, 1984||19:00||Chile||1–1||France||Group A||28,114|
|August 3, 1984||19:00||Iraq||2–4||Yugoslavia||Group B||24,430|
On March 3, 2018 the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2018 NHL Stadium Series, an outdoor regular season hockey game on an ice surface constructed at the stadium.
|Date||Away Team||Score||Home Team||Attendance|
|March 3, 2018||Toronto Maple Leafs||2–5||Washington Capitals||29,516|
Since 2013, Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium has hosted the annual Military Bowl, a post-season National Collegiate Athletic Association-sanctioned Division I college football bowl game played annually in December, except in 2020 and 2021, when the game was cancelled.
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