Bill Armstrong Stadium

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Bill Armstrong Stadium
Jerry Yeagley Field
Yeagley-field-bill-armstrong-stadium 2013.jpg
The main stand and press box
Location1606 North Fee Lane
Bloomington, Indiana 47408
Coordinates39°10′52″N 86°30′52″W / 39.18111°N 86.51444°W / 39.18111; -86.51444Coordinates: 39°10′52″N 86°30′52″W / 39.18111°N 86.51444°W / 39.18111; -86.51444
OwnerIndiana University Bloomington
OperatorIndiana University Bloomington
Capacity6,500
Record attendance7,720 (September 1, 2013 vs UCLA)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
OpenedSeptember 13, 1981
Renovated2001
Tenants
Indiana Hoosiers (NCAA) (1981–present)
Little 500 (1981–present)

Bill Armstrong Stadium is a 6,500-capacity soccer-specific stadium and velodrome located in Bloomington, Indiana. The stadium is home to the Indiana Hoosiers men's and women's soccer teams. It also hosted the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship in 1988, and is home to the annual Little 500 cycling race, which was featured in the 1979 Oscar-winning movie Breaking Away.

History[edit]

Construction on the stadium finished in 1981, with the 30th Running of the Little 500 being held on April 25 and the inaugural soccer game on September 13 of the same year.[1] A $2.5 million renovation took place in 2001, bringing a new grass surface, scoreboard and grandstand. The 5,000-seat main stand includes a press facility with room for 50 members of the media. A later phase of the renovation included a 1,500-seat secondary stand on the north side of the field, bringing the stadium to its current capacity of 6,500.

On December 7, 2018, Indiana University Board of Trustees approved the proposed design to renovate portions of Armstrong stadium. The approved proposal will see the existing north grandstand demolished and replaced with a new bi-level structure. The structure will provide new locker rooms for both the men's and women's teams, a lobby, a team room, a warmup area, coaches' offices and bicycle support space. During construction, temporary seating will be constructed on the west end of the stadium; however, final seating capacity has not yet been announced.[2]

Name[edit]

This stadium is named for William S. Armstrong, Sr. who was the president of the Indiana University Foundation for many years.[3] He was both an avid supporter of the athletic program at Indiana University and very involved with the Little 500 and its activities each year. He can be seen in the movie Breaking Away as the official starter of the race, saying, "Gentlemen, mount your Roadmaster bicycles."[4]

The field was renamed in honor of six-time national champion coach Jerry Yeagley following his retirement in 2004.[5] Therefore, the official name of the complex is Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium, although it is still widely known as simply Armstrong Stadium.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indiana University Student Foundation - IUSF Facilities". Iusf.indiana.edu. Archived from the original on 2011-12-28. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  2. ^ "Trustees approve Armstrong Stadium project, Hine Hall Courtyard design, IUPUI sports district plan". IU.edu. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "University Honors & Awards - William S Armstrong". honorsandawards.iu.edu. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "Breaking Away (1979) Full Cast & Crew". IMDB.com. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  5. ^ "Yeagley Field and Armstrong Stadium". Indianasoccercamp.com. Retrieved December 22, 2018.

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Preceded by
Riggs Field
Host of the College Cup
1988
Succeeded by
Rutgers Stadium