Time To Showcase Premier Venue
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Phase II renovations of Reese Stadium, the home of Yale men's and women's soccer and lacrosse, are nearly complete and fans can now enjoy the new general and VIP seating areas. The Yale women's soccer team kicks off play at the new Reese Stadium Friday at 7 p.m. against Penn State.
Reese Stadium is named after the Reese brothers, Jason '87 and Jon '90, both of whom played lacrosse for Yale. Jon also played football and captained the 1989 Bulldogs.
"My brother and I were both extremely honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to provide the leadership gift to build a first-class lacrosse and soccer facility," said Jon Reese. "We are excited that current and future Bulldogs will have a chance to compete in a facility second to none. Through the stewardship of [athletic director] Tom Beckett, the stadium will also help Yale continue to attract the best student-athletes in the world."
While construction continues on the plaza and entrance areas, fans this fall will enjoy an atmosphere at the venue formerly known as the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium enhanced by seating on both sides of the field, improved lighting and a new sound system.
"It's very exciting for our team to play in a new, top-notch stadium. I'm also looking forward to showing off the stadium to our recruits," said Rudy Meredith, head coach of women's soccer.
A new hospitality/press area is ready for use while concessions and ticket areas are nearly complete. All of the phase II renovations are scheduled to be finished this fall.
The men's soccer team opens its home slate on Sept. 15 with Central Connecticut and has seven other dates at Reese this season.
"We are thrilled with the new look and feel of the stadium. For the fans, it will provide a more comfortable atmosphere to enjoy games and a great view of the action from the new seating areas. The teams rooms and other technical additions will enable us to prepare better for games and practices and create a real 'home' experience for the players and staff," said men's soccer head coach Brian Tompkins.
Fans will notice progress on the project each visit to Reese. They will also see the work during video streams of Yale's men's and women's home Ivy League contests on yalebulldogs.com, beginning with the Sept. 25 women's contest between the Elis and Princeton.
"We are excited about this world class facility and about making it available to our students, alumni and fans," said Yale Athletics Director Tom Beckett. "This is an outstanding collegiate venue. We are grateful to Jon and Jason Reese, the alumni and friends of Yale Athletics who made this a reality."
release filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director