Fairfield University's New Lacrosse Stadium


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Fairfield University has announced plans to renovate Alumni Field into a large-scale stadium that the Stags men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will call home.  Thanks to a generous leadership gift from former University Trustee, Lawrence Rafferty ’64, his daughter, Kathleen Rafferty Hay ’03, and his son Michael Rafferty the new venue will be called Rafferty Stadium with a planned opening in February 2015.

“Our lacrosse programs continue to rise in national stature and Rafferty Stadium will be a fitting home for years to come,” said University President Father Jeffrey von Arx, S.J. “Rafferty Stadium will be a point of pride for our University and will be an integral part of the athletic experience at Fairfield.”

When complete, Rafferty Stadium will have seating for 3,500 fans with bleachers spanning both sidelines.  The playing surface will be high-quality artificial turf with state-of-the-art lighting and scoreboard.  In addition, the facility will include a permanent structure on the West sideline that will house a press box, VIP suites, concession stand and locker rooms.

“Fairfield University is showing a clear commitment to the lacrosse programs,"  said head men’s lacrosse coach Andy Copelan, "and this only helps to solidify our place amongst the elite in our sport.  College lacrosse is ever changing, but my belief in our future remains constant. We have much to be excited about and Rafferty Stadium will be at the core of it all.” 

Fairfield men’s lacrosse recently completed its eighth season as a member of the ECAC Lacrosse League.  In five seasons under Copelan the Stags have posted 43 victories, including a program-best 12-4 record in 2012 and an overtime win over top-ranked, and National Semifinalist Denver, this spring. The Stags have had three USILA All-America selections in the past two seasons, with Brent Adams earning Third Team accolades following his senior season. 

“We are grateful to the Rafferty family for their commitment to Fairfield Athletics and Stags lacrosse,” said fifth-year head women’s lacrosse coach Mike Waldvogel. “Rafferty Stadium will be a focal point of our program for years to come and will provide us one of the premier lacrosse facilities in the NCAA.”

Fairfield women’s lacrosse competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) where it has won five regular season titles in the last six seasons.  The Stags made their first NCAA trip in 2009 and under Waldvogel have earned 66 wins including a league-record 30 consecutive MAAC regular season games from 2008-2012.

The proposed stadium is estimated to cost $9 million. With the Rafferty family gift and pledges from other alumni and parents, over half of that amount has now been committed.  Efforts are still under way to have all funds raised for the stadium by December 2013.                               

New Alumni Field Drawing
An ariel view of the proposed Rafferty Stadium
Rafferty Stadium Entryway Drawing
The new entryway to Rafferty Stadium.
 Sketch of Rafferty Stadium Support Areas