|Alumni Memorial Field at Foster Stadium|
|Alumni Memorial Field|
|Location||North Main Street|
Lexington, Virginia 24450
|Coordinates|| / ,|
|Owner||Virginia Military Institute|
|Operator||Virginia Military Institute|
|Architect||HOK Sport (renovations)|
- For other uses, see Alumni Stadium (disambiguation)
History[edit | edit source]
Alumni Memorial Field was built and completed in 1962. The cost was approximately $250,000, funded by the General Assembly of Virginia and VMI Alumni Association. Fiberglass seating was installed in 1974.
Much later in 2006, many improvements were made to the stadium. A new scoreboard with a jumbotron was added, along with new concourses, restrooms, and locker rooms. It totaled for a cost of $15 million.
Features[edit | edit source]
After renovation to the stadium in 2006, Alumni Memorial Stadium features permanent ticket booths, new concourses, restrooms, and locker rooms. It has a capacity of 10,000, with 54 rows at 173 feet high. The playing surface is Bermuda Grass.
Tradition[edit | edit source]
Before every VMI home game, the VMI Corps of Cadets marches from their barracks onto the field while the VMI Regimental Band plays "Shenandoah", along with a cannon called "Little John" firing at the start and end of the game and after every VMI score.
Record crowds[edit | edit source]
On September 15, 1973, VMI fell to Navy 37-8 in the largest crowd in Alumni Memorial Field history, with an attendance of 10,000. Just three years earlier on October 31, 1970, before 2,400 spectators, VMI fell heavily to Davidson 55-21 in the smallest crowd in Alumni Memorial Field history.
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