Alumni Soccer Stadium

A new era in Notre Dame soccer began in 2009, when the Fighting Irish men's and women's soccer teams took the pitch for the first time at Alumni Stadium.

Located just east of Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center and approximately 500 yards west of its predecessor, the new stadium sits side-by-side with Notre Dame’s new lacrosse facility, Arlotta Stadium, which made its debut in the spring of 2010 (the soccer facility is situated further west, the lacrosse stadium further east).

Alumni Stadium opened its doors for Notre Dame soccer action on Sept. 1, 2009, when the Fighting Irish men blanked Michigan, 5-0. Three nights later, the Notre Dame women welcomed a sellout-crowd of 3,007 for its debut match against North Carolina.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Official Athletics Website

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.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Official Athletics Website

Both programs also utilize the new Irish Athletic Center and Haggar Fitness Center for indoor training and off-pitch weight work.


PURPOSE Practice & Competition
DATE OF COMPLETION September 1, 2009
SURFACE TYPE Natural Grass
First Women's Game September 4, 2009 vs. North Carolina
First Men's Game September 4, 2009 vs. Wake Forest
First Women's Victory September 6, 2009 vs. UW-Milwaukee (3-0)
First Men's Victory September 11, 2009 vs. Seattle (3-0)
Largest Crowd 3,511 (Sellout) - Notre Dame Women vs. Tulsa on September 2, 2011