With a capacity of 44,500 maroon-and-gold-clad fans, Alumni Stadium is the home of the Eagles. The current version of Alumni Stadium opened in the fall of 1995.
The roots of Alumni Stadium and on-campus football at Boston College date back to 1915, when the original Alumni Stadium was dedicated. The facility was located on middle campus on the site of today's Stokes Hall.
As Boston College enjoyed more and more football success in the 1930s and 1940s, the Eagles moved a majority of their home games to Boston's two major league baseball stadiums, Fenway Park and Braves Field (now Nickerson Field on the Boston University campus). On Jan. 23, 1957, Boston College president Joseph R.N. Maxwell, S.J., announced that a new Alumni Stadium would be built on the BC campus as football no longer would be allowed in Fenway Park. A $250,000 campaign followed and on Sept. 26, 1957, the Eagles played host to Navy in the first game on the site of the present Alumni Stadium before a sellout crowd of 26,000-plus.
The new stadium was constructed in an amazing span of 156 days. The game was arranged by then-United States Senator John F. Kennedy, but Navy spoiled the home opener with a 46-6 win. In 1971, Alumni Stadium was expanded to 32,000 seats and artificial turf and lights were installed. Alumni Stadium was rebuilt again in 1988 as matching upper decks and a new press box were added. These renovations were part of the building of Conte O. Forum.
In the spring of 2012, Boston College installed a new, state-of-the-art, custom-designed AstroTurf surface. It replaced the artificial surface with an AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D60H field.
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.
State-of-the-art video boards and LED ribbon displays were installed before the 2014 season in Boston College's Alumni Stadium. Each end zone video board is approximately 19 feet high and 54 feet wide utilizing more than 1,000 square feet, which is twice the size of the previously installed boards. There are 258,000 pixels and 855,000 LEDs per display. A total of 97 60-inch televisions would fit into one end zone display. Accompanying the video boards are 1,065 LED ribbon displays that wrap around the entire stadium.
There are only 15 stadiums (college or pro) in the entire country with the 13HD technology that was introduced at Alumni Stadium and the video boards are the first of their kind in the Northeast. Boston College is the only Atlantic Coast Conference school with the advanced outdoor video resolution and one of only two schools to have it in the Eastern half of the United States (South Carolina being the other).
Professional teams using 13HD technology include the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers. Other collegiate stadiums utilizing the technology include the University of Washington, Stanford, the University of Wisconsin and Texas A&M.