The Field was named after Thomas B. Adams. He was a football and track athlete in the late 1930s and early 1940s for WSU, and graduated in 1944. Lettering in both sports from 1938-1940, Adams was a major part of the teams. Before he graduated he took a break from school and joined the Navy for more than 4 years, winning multiple awards for his service. After his time in the military he started working at Campbell-Ewald and eventually became the CEO. He also became a board member at his alma mater. For all of his athletic, military, and business achievements the Wayne State Football field was named in honor of him on October 11, 2003.