A newly expanded and thoroughly modernized Alumni Stadium opened in the fall of 1995 - the result of an energetic construction project that began early in 1994.
Alumni Stadium now welcomes 44,500 fans each football Saturday - an increase of 12,000 over its previous capacity. New scoreboards and instant replay screens, a new and improved lighting system, a state-of-the-art public address system, new concession and restroom facilities and a beautiful brick and glass exterior facade combine to make Alumni Stadium one of the finest football facilities in the nation.
The scenic Chestnut Hill stadium, with the Boston skyline offering a splendid background in the distance, heightens the excitement and enthusiasm that is part of every Boston College home game.
Among the many features of Alumni Stadium are:
- Two high-resolution color Daktronics scoreboards and 9-by-17 foot instant replay screens capable of displaying game highlights and replays, game-in-progress information, scores of other games, graphics and pictorials, as well as standard game and time information.
- A west side upper deck with 13 luxury boxes and a technologically advanced bi-level press box that towers 11 stories above the playing field. On the east side, there are 17 luxury boxes, and 24 new luxury boxes have been added as part of the stadium's reconstruction.
- Network-quality field lights that allow late afternoon and night games to be televised.
- Brand new state-of-the-art AstroTurf that keeps the action on the field fast-paced in any weather.
Since it opened in October 1988, Silvio O. Conte Forum has been the heart of the Boston College athletics program. From October through March, its main arena is the home of the Eagles' men's and women's basketball and hockey teams, and some of the most thrilling sports action in Boston. The arena seats 8,606 for basketball and 7,884 for hockey and sellouts are common during the BIG EAST and Hockey East seasons.
The Forum also houses the 950-seat Power Gymnasium, as well as offices for Athletic Association staff and varsity coaches, film and conference rooms, the weight training and sports medicine facilities, locker and equipment rooms, indoor practice cages for the baseball and golf teams and practice and storage rooms for the Boston College band.
Conte Forum is also Boston College fan central, where tickets may be purchased for all BC athletic events. Its main concourse contains concession stands and souvenir shops, its rest rooms serve both Alumni Stadium and the Forum arena, and its eight luxury boxes overlook both the stadium and the basketball/hockey venue.
Home Field Advantage
The football program uses the latest video and computer equipment to ensure that the Eagles' practice sessions and game plans are efficient and productive.
Video coordinator Bill Toof oversees a state-of-the-art control room that includes broadcast-quality Beta-Cam cameras and playback equipment, Ed-Beta (extended definition) equipment and the latest in editing decks.
Each of the Eagles' practice sessions and games is broken out by tapes of plays so coaches and players can look immediately at the parts of their game that will have the most impact against their next opponent. These tapes are ready for viewing within minutes after a practice or hours after a game.
A tape library contains all BC plays of the past four years, plus detailed tape analyses of upcoming opponents.