Reese Stadium Dedication Saturday

Lacrosse Doubleheader to Follow

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The name Reese resonates when used in reference to Yale Athletics. It seems natural that a newly renovated Yale venue that serves as home to four different Bulldog teams be named after the famous family of two former athletic greats. That happens on Saturday, April 9, when the home of both Yale soccer and lacrosse teams is officially dedicated and named after Jason '87 and Jon Reese '90.

Reese Stadium, located next to Yale Bowl, will be busy on dedication day. A ceremony precedes the noon Yale-Princeton women's lacrosse game and a 2:30 p.m. men's game between the Bulldogs and Dartmouth.

The venue formerly known as the Yale Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium has been called Reese Stadium since February of 2006, but the renovation project has gone through a number of phases, the second of which was completed last summer.

The Reese brothers put Yale in its own phase, a winning one. Jason was a star goalie for the Bulldog men's lacrosse team, while Jon is the most prolific scorer in Yale lacrosse history and was the captain of an Ivy League championship football team.  The Yale Lacrosse Program enjoyed its finest era (Ivy titles in 1988, 89, 90) with a Reese on its roster.

Yale soccer and lacrosse teams now enjoy one of the best athletic facilities in the collegiate ranks. Reese Stadium includes a synthetic playing surface (FieldTurf), seating for 1,200 (bleachers along Coxe Cage can seat an additional 500), team meeting rooms, press box, concessions area, ticket office, a covered upper viewing area and state-of-the art sound and lighting systems.

Jason was a four-year starter in goal who played in 38 varsity games and made 404 saves (5th on Yale career list) for teams that won 25 contests, including a 10-3 campaign in 1985. Jason fashioned a .614 save percentage in 1987 and a 6.50 goals against average in 1984, while his 172 saves in 1987 made Yale's Top 20 list.

"Jon and I are honored to be a part of the Yale tradition.  My experience at Yale was enhanced by having the opportunity to share it with my brother," Jason said.  "Yale has played an important role in our lives.  Without our Yale experience, education and relationships, neither of us would have been able to achieve the success that we have in the business world.  At Yale, we had the opportunity to play for superb coaches and with great teammates who were not only athletes but scholars and men of great character.  We believe it is very important for us to give back to Yale and to help improve the experience of future Bulldogs."

Jon was one of the greatest athletes in Yale history.  Between lacrosse and football, Reese, Yale's 1990 William Neely Mallory Award winner (top male athlete), earned four Ivy League championships.

"It's been an amazing journey from the day that [Yale Athletic Director] Tom Beckett came to Jason and me with a vision to where we are today. The stadium is one of the best athletic facilities in the country," said Jon. "It's been inspiring to witness so many pieces of the Yale community, like the administration and alumni and their families, come together in support of our student athletes and this University. Giving back to Yale and providing an opportunity for the future is what our family believes in. To be a part of this journey has been an honor and a privilege."

 

Jon, a three-time first-team All-Ivy lacrosse pick and the 1987 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, is the school's all-time leader in points (200) and goals (162).  In 1990, he was named Ivy League Player of the Year, NCAA Midfielder of the Year and the North South All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.  He was one of seven midfielders named to the NCAA's Silver Anniversary Team in 1995.

On the football field, the West Babylon, N.Y., native, started every game of his three-year varsity career and captained Cozza's Bulldogs to a 1989 Ivy title as a linebacker with 122 tackles. Jon earned all-league honors each season, including first-team status in 1989, and was named the winner of the Ted Blair Award as team MVP his senior year.

"The name Reese has become  a very big part of the history and tradition of Yale Lacrosse. We are honored that Jason and Jon have provided their leadership gift to create this remarkable facility that will so positively influence our future," said Tom Beckett, Yale's Director of Athletics. "We are grateful to all of the donors for this magnificent gift. Yale athletes will inherit a sense of pride just by practicing and playing in this stadium."

The total cost of the project is $8 million and there are 100 donors. Here is a list of the areas of Reese Stadium that have been named with the corresponding donors:

 

The 5K Corral Press Box

Karen M. Yarasavage '87 and Kevin P. Genda '87

 

Kempner Family Plaza

Thomas L. Kempner '50

 Cynthia H. '79 and James L. Kempner '79

Christopher H. Kempner '07

 

The Augusta Copeland Hixon '11 Family Team Room

Dianna and Anthony Hixon P'11

 

The Schwartz Family Team Room

David W. Schwartz '87

 

The Class of 1979 Team Room

The teammates of the 1979 Men's Soccer Team

 

Anthony P. Guido '90 Heritage Hallway

Anthony P. Guido '90

 

Pershing Skybox Area

The family, friends and teammates and Richard W. Pershing '66

 

The Barry Family Skybox Area

Patricia and Thomas C. Barry '66

Michael C. Barry '09

 

Mulrow Family Ticket Center

Edwyna S. '81 and William J. Mulrow '78

 

Greenberg Gardens

Stephen D. Greenberg '70

 

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director