Nestled behind the law school on Boston College's Newton Campus is one of nation's elite soccer and lacrosse facilities.
Completely updated in 2008, the Newton Campus Soccer and Lacrosse Complex features a newly installed Polytan artificial playing surface.
Polytan surfaces are used at the World Cup Stadium in Stuttgart, Germany, the Olympic Stadium in Munich, the Football Academy FC Bayern, the Stadium La Maladiere in Switzerland and Warsteiner Stadium, host of the 2006 World Cup.
With the addition of the Polytan artificial playing surface, coupled with offseason updates that include permanent team benches canopied to guard against the elements and a 30-seat, enclosed press box complete with a roof-deck video-filming area, Boston College is proud to boast a brand new state-of-the-art facility.
The artificial playing surface made its regular-season debut on Aug. 29, 2008 with a men's soccer game against Boston University.
Overall, the field is entering its ninth year in existence. It spent the first eight seasons as a natural grass pitch before switching to the artificial turf this past year. Lights were added to the field prior to the 2003 campaign.
"The field is one of a kind in this country. It's absolutely a fantastic field. It shows the commitment of our University and our athletic director to put that kind of resources into our athletics programs."
- Head Coach Ed Kelly, Men's Soccer
With its close proximity to the freshmen dorms, the "Superfans," BC's collective student fan base, frequent games to provide a boisterous and exciting atmosphere. Decked in bright gold t-shirts, Superfans, friends and family alike sit near the action, and the close tree line provides an intimate atmosphere for soccer matches.
The field was dedicated on Sept. 12, 1999 with a 3-0 win for the men's team over Army. It captured the Soccer Manager's Association College Soccer Field of the Year in 1999. Since it's opening, the men's team has registered a 49-17-6 mark on its home turf.
In 2008 the men's team hosts eight games. Six-of-eight home games will be played under the lights.