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Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium - Football/Lacrosse



Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium has been totally renovated over the previous four years and transformed into a state-of-the-art multi-use facility hosting Navy football and lacrosse as well as a myriad of other local, regional, national and international events. The $40M project was started in the summer of 2002 and was completed in the fall of 2004. The project was privately funded by the Naval Academy Foundation and the Naval Academy Athletic Association (NAAA). Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. of Baltimore, MD served as the general contractor and both 360 Architecture of Kansas City, KS and Alt, Breeding, Schwarz of Annapolis, MD directed the design.

New components have included two state-of-the-art video scoreboards, chair back seating, ADA seating platforms and access ramps, concession stands, end zone seating, luxury suites, and additional sideline seating created by lowered the playing field to give the stadium a more intimate look and feel. In 2004, a 12,000 sq. ft. two-story banquet facility was constructed to host class reunion dinners and other Naval Academy functions. The first floor, VADM William P. Lawrence "N" Room, houses plaques listing the names of all USNA varsity letter winners and can seat 600 for a banquet or formal dinner. The second floor is the future home of the Willis Bilderback-Dinty Moore Navy Lacrosse Hall of Fame. The James Carrington Room will display lacrosse photos, trophies and memorabilia representing the proud tradition of Navy Lacrosse.

The banquet rooms are serviced by a full kitchen and bar areas with a fully-integrated audio and video system that features ten large screen televisions and the ability to give business presentations on both levels of the banquet facility.

The banquet facility is just one of many hospitality areas located in the stadium complex. Ten sideline suites are located on the east side of the stadium and eight in the south end zone. Large party tents are utilized with great views of the field in the southeast and southwest corners of the facility. Class reunions are frequently held in Class Ring North, located behind the battle arches in the north end, offering alumni an in-stadium tailgating opportunity.

A completely renovated press tower was completed prior to the 2004 season. The top level holds booths for television play-by-play and coaches' video, along with tower suites. The fifth level is dedicated to the writing press, radio booths, coaches' booths, scoreboard, public address and operations areas. A newly-constructed level, named the Flag Bridge, was erected under the old press area in the seating bowl. It has 71 permanent seats in front of additional stools, tables and chairs which allows for flexibility in hosting game day viewing or special events on non-game days. The press tower is accessed by two elevators and a stair tower at midfield.

In 2005, the lower concourse restrooms were expanded and the concourse was totally resurfaced. A major change to the stadium came with the installation of a new synthetic field surface, FieldTurf, which allows the stadium to be used 365 days a year.

The multi-purpose nature of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium has allowed it to host the 2005 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship, 2005 Women's Lacrosse World Cup, and the Good Samaritan High School All-Star Football game, as well as numerous high school and local youth events. The memorial aspects of the original structure were preserved and enhanced during the renovations. More than 8,000 chair back memorial plates were removed, refurbished and reinstalled in the new seats. Hundreds of memorial plaques received the same treatment and are featured on the Memorial Plaque Wall in the North Memorial Plaza. Battle arches and class arches have been constructed to tell the illustrious story of the Naval Services. Each combination of battle arches contains a history lesson on the left arch and a description of the particular battle on the right. Each and every battle fought by either the Navy or Marine Corps is depicted through the use of color-coded battle streamers allowing visitors to chronologically view the story of the brave men and women who we honor for their service to our country.

The stadium was rededicated on Oct. 8, 2005 before Navy's annual battle with Air Force. The Mids won the game, 27-24.

Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium marks its 49th year as the home for Navy's football team this fall. This 34,000-seat facility was built at a cost of $3 million with all of the money raised through private contributions. The stadium was dedicated on Sept. 26, 1959, when Navy defeated William & Mary, 29-2 and was rededicated on Oct. 8, 2005, when Navy defeated Air Force, 27-24.

The Rear Adm. Hamilton Locker Room Complex
The Rear Adm. Thomas J. Hamilton Locker Room Complex at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium was officially dedicated at the opening game of the 1992 season. The $800,000 facility includes home and visiting team locker rooms, training rooms, an officials' dressing area and an office for the stadium supervisor. There are separate dressing and bathing areas for coaches in each of the locker rooms. The locker rooms accommodate approximately 100 players and coaches for each team. The 16,000-square-foot structure is of masonry construction and is completely air conditioned. The facility actually includes two buildings and incorporates the arch which has been a traditional part of the entrance at the north end of the stadium. The arch was refurbished to match the decor of the complex.

Terwilliger Family Scoreboard
The Terwilliger Family is honored to have the scoreboard named after them for their contribution to the Naval Academy and to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium renovation project. Ron Terwilliger is a member of the Class of 1963. His brother Bruce is a member of the Class of 1965. Both were varsity athletes, scholars and served on active duty upon graduation. They are honored to give back to the Naval Academy, which gave so much to them.

Jack Stephens Field
The United States Naval Academy Campaign: Leaders to Serve the Nation received a $10 million gift from Mr. Jackson T. Stephens of Little Rock, Arkansas in 2003. Mr. Stephens is a 1947 graduate of the Naval Academy and Chairman of Stephens Group, Inc. His gift supported the ongoing renovations of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the Class of 1947 Legacy project to benefit the Academy's Museum, and other important Campaign priorities. The field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is named "Jack Stephens Field" in honor of the donor.