UAlbany's Outdoor Athletic Facilities


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY FIELD

(FOOTBALL, TRACK & FIELD)

The University at Albany's indoor complex is complemented by fine outdoor facilities, including University Field, which seats capacity crowds of 10,000 for football games, and has an all-weather, 400-meter track surrounding a natural grass surface.  

University Field is home to the UAlbany football and men's and women's track & field teams.  The lighted field can accommodate both day and night events.  In 2004, the men's lacrosse program played its first-ever evening contest at the facility.

On the roof of the adjacent Physical Education building there is a media facility, home and opponent video locations, and a viewing box for use by the University President and other dignitaries.  Inside the PE Building are home, away and officials' locker room facilities.  Directly adjacent to the field, the UAlbany football locker room was renovated in the spring of 2003.  The project, funded through alumni donations, doubled the size of the Great Danes' previous facilities.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VARSITY FIELD (SOCCER)

  

Varsity Field is the on-campus home for men's and women's soccer in the fall.  The natural grass playing surface is adjacent to the practice fields for each of the teams and easily accessible from the Recreation and Convocation Center (RACC) locker rooms.  

In the spring of 2004, the wood bleachers at Varsity Field were removed, and a new set of raised metal bleachers with a press box was installed.  Along with providing athletic staffers and media personnel an expanded and indoor workspace, the press box removed game personnel from the sidelines and improved sightlines for all spectators.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALBANY FIELD (SOFTBALL)

Albany Field, just to the west of the Physical Education Building and University Field, serves as the home venue for the UAlbany softball program.  The facility has been used throughout the program’s transition from the NCAA Division III level to its present Division I affiliation.  Albany Field hosted its first-ever Division I softball doubleheader on March 26, 2000, as the Great Danes earned a split with Bucknell.

Albany Field received significant upgrades prior to the spring of 2004.  A brand-new outfield fence was added with a warning track.  Windscreens with a yellow fence cap were added to the fencing, improving the field's playing conditions and its aesthetic look.  New foul poles were added, a bullpen was constructed beyond the left field fence, and an inning-by-inning scoreboard was installed in left-center field.  Future plans include the construction of bleachers and press box facilities.  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VARSITY FIELD (BASEBALL)

  

Varsity Field has served as the University at Albany’s on-campus baseball stadium for more than 30 years. The facility has been used throughout the program’s transition from the NCAA Division III level to its present Division I affiliation.  On March 24, 2000, Varsity Field hosted the school’s first-ever Division I baseball contest, when the Great Danes defeated Canisius, 9-1.

Varsity Field received significant upgrades prior to the spring 2004 season.  The left field fence was pushed back to 346 feet down the line and 388 feet in the gap, while a section of the center field fence was raised 20 feet (effectively lengthening its playing distance).  Additionally, windscreens with a yellow fence cap were added to the fencing, improving the field's playing conditions and its aesthetic look.  Other improvements include a warning track inside the outfield fence, new foul poles, flags representing each America East Conference school erected on the center-field fence, and new bullpens and hitting cages beyond the left-field fence.  An inning-by-inning scoreboard is expected to be installed in right-center field in the fall of 2004.  Future plans include the construction of bleachers and press box facilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHN FALLON FIELD (LACROSSE)

John Fallon Field, the home for UAlbany men’s and women’s lacrosse, was completed in the fall of 2005.  Fallon, a former UAlbany student-athlete, and a partner at Leboeuf, Lamb, Greene and MacRae, LLP in New York City, made a significant contribution to fund the construction of the all-weather turf field, a Sportexe Momentum Turf 41 surface. The first phase of the project was coordinated by UAlbany’s Office of Architecture, Engineering and Construction Management.  The plan was designed by Clough Harbor and Associates LLP.  John Fallon Field is adjacent to Alumni Turf Field, which serves as the home for the school’s field hockey team and as a multi-use recreational field for UAlbany students.  Both all-weather fields are located just south of Indian Quad on campus.


 

 

VARSITY PRACTICE FIELDS

The practice fields on the Western Avenue side of campus were renovated in June 1996 with 263,000 square feet of two-inch thick athletic sod. The irrigation system was refurbished, and the area was surrounded with a 3,100-foot chain-link fence.  

The practice fields also serve as the summer home to the New York Giants, who have held their National Football League summer training camp at UAlbany since 1996.


 

 

OUTDOOR RECREATION FACILITIES

There are 24 tennis courts (12 with lighting), four basketball and six volleyball courts; and numerous fields for football, soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, field hockey, and other events.