Bill Armstrong Stadium

 

Address
1606 N. Fee Lane
Bloomington, IN 47408

Directions
Armstrong Stadium is located north of Central Campus and east of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall and Gladstein Fieldhouse on North Fee Lane.

Bill Armstrong Stadium first opened in 1981. In the summer of 2000, the stadium received major renovations that has allowed it to maintain its status as college soccer's premier venue. The renovations came in a two-phase project. This initial phase included a new grass playing surface - the first upgrade since the field was constructed - along with relocation of utilities under the field to support a 5,000-seat, poured-in-place grandstand. The concrete grandstand includes the nation's most complete soccer press facility, including seating for 50 members of the media, restrooms and a food service area. Directly behind the press box is a customer services building with concessions and restrooms. Stadium lighting also was updated in the renovation. The entire cost of Phase I was over $2.5 million.

The second phase was completed in the spring of 2001. It included the removal of the old north stands, the two-level press box, the elevator and the two center light towers. A total of eight rows remain on the north side, which seat 1,500 spectators to bring the current capacity to 6,500. Future renovations also will include improvements to restrooms, concessions and storage space.

The most recent change to the facility came during the spring and summer of 2005 when a new grand entry plaza, joining Hayes Track at Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex with Armstrong Stadium was completed.

On April 2, 2004, following the program's sixth national title, the playing surface at Armstrong Stadium was named in honor of the program's first head coach Jerry Yeagley. The official title of the venue became Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The field was dedicated in a ceremony prior to the Hoosiers' 2004 season opener.

Armstrong Stadium currently includes complete locker room facilities for both the Hoosiers and the visiting team on the north side. Indiana's locker room is one of the finest in the country and includes a complete training room on the premises. In addition, the Metz Lounge can be used for team meetings and is utilized for postgame press conferences.

On September 13, 1981, the Hoosiers played their first match at Armstrong Stadium. Over 250 games have been played at Bill Armstrong Stadium since, with one of the greatest games being the 1988 NCAA Division I Championship game in which Indiana defeated Howard, 1-0, to win its third NCAA title.

Armstrong Stadium served as the site of the first-ever Big Ten Conference Soccer Tournament in 1991. The Big Ten Tournament also was held at Bill Armstrong Stadium in 1992, 1997, 2003 and most recently in 2009. Indiana took home the championship in four of the five tournaments that were played at Armstrong Stadium.

The facility also played host to the 1992 Men's Olympic soccer team as the United States team played a qualifying match against Canada.