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Alumni Memorial Field at Foster Stadium
Alumni Memorial Field
LocationNorth Main Street
Lexington, Virginia 24450
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Opened1962
Renovated2006
OwnerVirginia Military Institute
OperatorVirginia Military Institute
SurfaceBermuda Grass
Construction cost$250,000
ArchitectHOK Sport (renovations)
Capacity10,000
Tenants
VMI football
For other uses, see Alumni Stadium (disambiguation)

Alumni Memorial Field at Foster Stadium is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose stadium in Lexington, Virginia. It opened in 1962. It is home to the Virginia Military Institute Keydets football team.

History Edit

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.[1] 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

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

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.[2]

Record crowds Edit

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.[3]

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External links Edit

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