The UNCG Soccer Stadium is a modern soccer-only facility located in the heart of campus. Both the men’s and women’s teams celebrated their 20th season in the state-of-the-art facility in 2010.
UNCG played on the same site, then known as Campus Field, through the 1990 season. On Dec. 6, 1990, ground was broken on the $3.6 million stadium that fans see today.
Prior to the renovation, the UNCG men’s soccer team was as dominant on its home field as it is today. The site of the UNCG Soccer Stadium has served as the home field for the Spartans for more than 25 seasons. Both teams have won more than 70 percent of their matches on the home pitch.
The stadium still rivals any collegiate soccer facility in the nation. Among its several outstanding features:
- Permanent seating for 3,540 spectators in the grandstand along the east sideline, including 1,112 chairback seats in three sections at midfield and another 2,428 bleacher seats (with backs) in four other sections.
- Lighting, at 150-candle power, to accomodate live TV coverage.
- A soccer scoreboard with a new video message center (installed prior to the 2009 season), press box and brick wall completely surrounding the facility.
- A Bermuda style natural-grass playing field equipped with a state-of-the-art drainage system capable of removing up to six inches of water within a 24-hour period.
- A Wall of Honor recognizing outstanding UNCG soccer players and coaches on the stadium concourse.
The stadium’s opening coincided with UNCG’s entry into NCAA Division I competition. It was dedicated before a sellout crowd Sept. 7, 1991, as the men’s team christened the facility with a 3-1 win over Campbell. Four nights later, the squad stunned the college soccer world by defeating No. 2 NC State, 2-1.
The first women’s soccer game played in UNCG Soccer Stadium was against Duke on Sept. 11, 1991. The Blue Devils blanked the Spartans, 4-0. The first victory for UNCG came in a 7-0 rout of Erskine on Sept. 13, 1991.
The largest crowd to attend a UNCG home outdoor athletic event at the stadium was 4,225 on Oct. 5, 1991, for a Homecoming men’s soccer game against Ohio State. The Spartans won 6-0.
Besides providing UNCG’s teams with a first-class home, the stadium has also attracted a number of outside events to the campus. UNCG hosted the semifinal and final rounds of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship in 1997 and 1998, focusing nationwide attention on Greensboro and the university. A then-championship record of 20,058 fans attended in 1998, including a stadium single-event record 10,583 for the final. The championship was nationally televised by ESPN.
The stadium served as a site for the U.S. Youth Soccer Association regional championship during the summer of 1997. The Olympic champion women’s national soccer team played the opening game in the Victory Tour presented by Nike in the stadium on April 24, 1997, defeating France.
Also, prior to the 1996 Olympic Games, the Norwegian women’s soccer team trained at the stadium and played an exhibition match against United States select players.
A match between the men’s national teams of the U.S. and Canada was played in the stadium in 1992. The stadium served as the home of the professional Greensboro Dynamo from 1993-95, and is the site of the North Carolina East-West High School All-Star soccer games each year.
In the summer of 2001, the Boston Breakers of the WUSA held their preseason camp in the stadium.
UNCG Soccer Stadium has also hosted numerous Big South, Southern Conference and NCAA tournament matches.