A state-of-the-art facility that arguably is the finest on-campus soccer-specific stadium in the country, Alumni Stadium has a permanent seating capacity of approximately 2,500 in the west grandstand, including VIP boxes flanking the main team entrance, as well as grass berm seating on the east end of the grounds.
The stadium also offers upgraded and expanded restroom and concession areas, elevator access and handicapped reserved seating on the main concourse level, as well as numerous amenities for both Fighting Irish soccer programs (expansive locker rooms with custom-made wood lockers, spacious team lounges with flat-screen plasma TVs and high-speed Internet access, and a fully-equipped athletic training center).
What’s more, Alumni Stadium features an LED scoreboard (installed by industry leader Daktronics), enhanced lighting structures and top-of-the-line sod for the pitch cultivated in Fort Morgan, Colo., at Graff’s Turf Farms (which also provided the turf for some of the nation’s finest sports facilities including Notre Dame Stadium, Wrigley Field, Busch Stadium and two of the newest MLS grounds – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., outside Denver, and Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City).
Media members enjoy a two-tiered, climate-controlled press box, which includes power and high-speed Internet portals at every seat (along with wireless Internet capability), three individually-wired broadcast booths and an expansive, unblocked and elevated midfield vantage point, all of which make Alumni Stadium unlike any other on-campus facility in college soccer.
Originally from Darien, Conn., Crotty starred for the Irish from 1977-79, playing midfield and fullback in 60 games, earning three monograms and finishing with 23 career points (eight goals, seven assists). He played in Notre Dame’s first three seasons of varsity soccer (under coach Rich Hunter), serving as one of the team captains as a senior in ’79. He was voted MVP of the ’79 Notre Dame team and led the Irish to a combined 57-14-3 record in those three years.