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Nickerson Field

Nickerson Field

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Address 285 Babcock Street
Boston, MA 02215
Phone (617) 353-4632
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  The Facility  
Date Opened August 18, 1915
Date Renovated 1955
Ownership
(Management)
Boston University
(Boston University)
Surface FieldTurf
Former Names Braves Field
(1915-1936)
National League Park (1936-1941)
Braves Field
(1941-1953)
Boston University Field
(1953-1955)
Nickerson Field
(1955-Present)
Capacity 21,000
Luxury Suites None
Club Seats None
  Other Facts  
Tenants Boston University Terriers
(NCAA) (1953-Present)
Former Tenants Boston Cannons
(MLL) (2004-2006)
Boston Breakers
(USFL) (1983)
Boston Breakers
(WUSA) (2001-2003)
Boston Minutemen
(NASL) (1975)
Boston Patriots
(AFL) (1960-1962)
New England Tea Men
(NASL) (1979)
Boston Braves
(NL) (1915-1952)
Boston Braves
(NFL) (1932)
Boston Bolts
(ASL/APSL) (1988-1990)
Population Base 4,600,000
On Site Parking 1,500
Nearest Airport Logan International Airport (BOS)


Sources: Mediaventures

Home to the men's and women's soccer, and women's lacrosse teams, Nickerson Field is a FieldTurf facility with seating for more than 9,000. The former football home of Boston University is a stadium rich in the tradition of Boston sports history. Once the home of the Boston Braves National League baseball club, it was purchased by the University on July 29, 1953.

The site, on Harry Agganis Way just north of busy Commonwealth Avenue, has undergone sweeping modifications in the last 28 years. A little known fact is that the Terriers actually played some of their early games on the then Braves Field, or as it was better known, the Wigwam.

Boston University opened its 1921 season in the stadium with a 52-0 triumph over Worcester Tech. The stadium owes its present layout largely to the birth of the Boston Patriots of the infant American Football League. Orphans before they played their first game, the Patriots joined with the University and completely reconstructed the stadium as a cost of over $300,000.

Additional seating and lights were obtained, new sod put down and a modern press box added. The Patriots, here for three seasons, played the first American Football League game in history on Friday night, September 9, 1960 against the Denver Broncos.

Nickerson Field was also the site of another first in professional football in 1983 as the Boston Breakers played their home games here during the initial season of the United States Football League. With over 60 years of service to the Boston sports community, the stadium, in addition to football, hosts a wide variety of activities. The field was astroturfed in 1968 and refurbished in 1973, 1986, and 1995. In addition to field a mercury-vapor lighting system, tennis courts and landscaping.

Nickerson Field was converted from AstroTurf to FieldTurf in May of 2001.

Football was discontinued at BU, so there won't be any more college football games here. For now, at least. West Campus is home to Terrier sports. In fact, the three large residences overlook Nickerson Field, built on the site of the old Braves Field, home of the Boston Braves baseball team. Baseball fans might find a big thrill in the grandstand. It's actually the original right-field bleacher seats from the old Braves Field. The Braves moved from Boston to Milwaukee in 1953 and later relocated to Atlanta. Now the field is home to B.U.'s soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey programs. All the athletics at Boston University are NCAA Division I. The University's commencement ceremonies are also held here each May.

Nickerson Field seats 15,000, but only one section is for reserved seating, so you can sit almost anywhere. You can even watch the game while standing in the end zone.

Concession stands offer the usual game-time fare — hot dogs, popcorn, soda and even beer. A barbecue stand sells charbroiled hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches and steak tips.

Parking is free at the Armory lot on Harry Agganis Way.

Home to the men's and women's soccer, and women's lacrosse teams, Nickerson Field is a 10,412 seat FieldTurf facility. The former football home of Boston University is a stadium rich in the tradition of Boston sports history. Once the home of the Boston Braves National League baseball club, it was purchased by the University on July 29, 1953.

The site, on Harry Agganis Way just north of busy Commonwealth Avenue, has undergone sweeping modifications in the last 28 years. A little known fact is that the Terriers actually played some of their early games on the then Braves Field, or as it was better known, the Wigwam.

Boston University opened its 1921 season in the stadium with a 52-0 triumph over Worcester Tech. The stadium owes its present layout largely to the birth of the Boston Patriots of the infant American Football League. Orphans before they played their first game, the Patriots joined with the University and completely reconstructed the stadium as a cost of over $300,000.

Additional seating and lights were obtained, new sod put down and a modern press box added. The Patriots, here for three seasons, played the first American Football League game in history on Friday night, September 9, 1960 against the Denver Broncos.

Nickerson Field was also the site of another first in professional football in 1983 as the Boston Breakers played their home games here during the initial season of the United States Football League. With over 60 years of service to the Boston sports community, the stadium, in addition to football, hosts a wide variety of activities. The field was astroturfed in 1968 and refurbished in 1973, 1986, and 1995. In addition to field, there is a 400-meter turf track, a mercury-vapor lighting system, tennis courts and landscaping.

Converted from AstroTurf to FieldTurf in May of 2001, Nickerson Field was also home to the Boston Breakers, the city's first professional women's soccer team. The Breakers, who are part of the WUSA (Women's United Soccer Association), played their inaugural home game on May 5, 2001 to a sellout crowd.

Directions to Nickerson Field
Inbound from the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) or Route 128, take the Mass Pike extension to Exit 18-marked Cambridge-Brighton. After the toll, bear right at the sign marked Cambridge. Turn right at your first traffic light onto Storrow Drive. Take your first exit off Storrow Drive (It's the Boston University exit) and proceed to stop sign. Turn right onto Commonwealth Avenue. Continue on Commonwealth Avenue. Turn right at the fifth traffic light (Babcock Street) and go to the end where there an off-street parking lot.

Outbound from Route 93 and Southeast Expressway, get off at Exit 20, Cambridge-Allston, stay right and follow the instructions as above.

Source: Boston University

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Nickerson Field
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2002-Present

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1932
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