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Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium has been totally renovated over the previous four years and transformed into a state-of-the-art multi-use facility hosting Navy football and lacrosse as well as a myriad of other local, regional, national and international events. The $40M project was started in the summer of 2002 and was completed in the fall of 2004. The project was privately funded by the Naval Academy Foundation and the Naval Academy Athletic Association (NAAA). Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. of Baltimore, MD served as the general contractor and both 360 Architecture of Kansas City, KS and Alt, Breeding, Schwarz of Annapolis, MD directed the design.
New components have included two state-of-the-art video scoreboards, chair back seating, ADA seating platforms and access ramps, concession stands, end zone seating, luxury suites, and additional sideline seating created by lowered the playing field to give the stadium a more intimate look and feel. In 2004, a 12,000 sq. ft. two-story banquet facility was constructed to host class reunion dinners and other Naval Academy functions. The first floor, N-Room, houses plaques listing the names of all USNA varsity letter winners and can seat 600 for a banquet or formal dinner. The second floor is the future home of the Willis Bilderback-Dinty Moore Navy Lacrosse Hall of Fame. The James Carrington Room will display lacrosse photos, trophies and memorabilia representing the proud tradition of Navy Lacrosse.
The banquet rooms are serviced by a full kitchen and bar areas with a fully-integrated audio and video system that features ten large screen televisions and the ability to give business presentations on both levels of the banquet facility.
The banquet facility is just one of many hospitality areas located in the stadium complex. Ten sideline suites are located on the east side of the stadium and eight in the south end zone. Large party tents are utilized with great views of the field in the southeast and southwest corners of the facility. Class reunions are frequently held in Class Ring North, located behind the battle arches in the north end, offering alumni an in-stadium tailgating opportunity.
A completely renovated press tower was completed prior to the 2004 season. The top level holds booths for television play-by-play and coaches' video, along with tower suites. The fifth level is dedicated to the writing press, radio booths, coaches' booths, scoreboard, public address and operations areas. A newly-constructed level, named the Flag Bridge, was erected under the old press area in the seating bowl. It has 71 permanent seats in front of additional stools, tables and chairs which allows for flexibility in hosting game day viewing or special events on non-game days. The press tower is accessed by two elevators and a stair tower at midfield.
In 2005, the lower concourse restrooms were expanded and the concourse was totally resurfaced. A major change to the stadium came with the installation of a new synthetic field surface, FieldTurf, which allows the stadium to be used 365 days a year.
The multi-purpose nature of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium has allowed it to host the 2005 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship, 2005 Women's Lacrosse World Cup, and the Good Samaritan High School All-Star Football game, as well as numerous high school and local youth events. The memorial aspects of the original structure were preserved and enhanced during the renovations. More than 8,000 chair back memorial plates were removed, refurbished and reinstalled in the new seats. Hundreds of memorial plaques received the same treatment and are featured on the Memorial Plaque Wall in the North Memorial Plaza. Battle arches and class arches have been constructed to tell the illustrious story of the Naval Services. Each combination of battle arches contains a history lesson on the left arch and a description of the particular battle on the right. Each and every battle fought by either the Navy or Marine Corps is depicted through the use of color-coded battle streamers allowing visitors to chronologically view the story of the brave men and women who we honor for their service to our country.
The stadium was rededicated on Oct. 8, 2005 before Navy's annual battle with Air Force. The Mids won the game, 27-24.
This 34,000-seat facility was built at a cost of $3 million with all of the money raised through private contributions. The stadium was dedicated on Sept. 26, 1959, when Navy defeated William & Mary, 29-2 and was rededicated on Oct. 8, 2005, when Navy defeated Air Force, 27-24.
The Rear Adm. Hamilton Locker Room Complex
The Rear Adm. Thomas J. Hamilton Locker Room Complex at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium was officially dedicated at the opening game of the 1992 season. The $800,000 facility includes home and visiting team locker rooms, training rooms, an officials' dressing area and an office for the stadium supervisor. There are separate dressing and bathing areas for coaches in each of the locker rooms.
The locker rooms accommodate approximately 100 players and coaches for each team. The 16,000-square-foot structure is of masonry construction and is completely air conditioned. The facility actually includes two buildings and incorporates the arch which has been a traditional part of the entrance at the north end of the stadium. The arch was refurbished to match the decor of the complex.
Terwilliger Family Scoreboard
The Terwilliger Family is honored to have the scoreboard named after them for their contribution to the Naval Academy and to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium renovation project. Ron Terwilliger is a member of the Class of 1963. His brother Bruce is a member of the Class of 1965. Both were varsity athletes, scholars and served on active duty upon graduation. They are honored to give back to the Naval Academy, which gave so much to them.
Jack Stephens Field
The United States Naval Academy Campaign: Leaders to Serve the Nation received a $10 million gift from Mr. Jackson T. Stephens of Little Rock, Arkansas in 2003. Mr. Stephens is a 1947 graduate of the Naval Academy and Chairman of Stephens Group, Inc. His gift supported the ongoing renovations of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the Class of 1947 Legacy project to benefit the Academy's Museum, and other important Campaign priorities. The field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is named "Jack Stephens Field" in honor of the donor.
Memorial Seats Memorial benchbacks at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium may be dedicated to any individual who has served or is now serving in the Navy or Marine Corps with a contribution of $1,000 to the Memorial Stadium Fund.
Dedication Plaque The dedication plaque for Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium reads as follows:
"This Stadium is dedicated to those who have served and will serve as upholders of the traditions and renown of the Navy and Marine Corps of the United States. May it be a perpetual reminder that the Navy and Marine Corps are organizations of men trained to live nobly and serve courageously in peace, champions of our integrity; in war, defenders of our freedom."
* Sept. 26, 1959 - Navy defeats William & Mary, 29-2, in the first game played in the Stadium.
* Sept. 24, 1960 - President Eisenhower watches as the Midshipmen defeat Villanova, 41-7.
* Nov. 12, 1960 - Heisman Trophy winner Joe Bellino of Navy sets a school record by scoring four touchdowns in a 41-6 win over Virginia.
* Oct. 26, 1963 - Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach leads the Mids to a 24-12 win over unbeaten Pitt by completing 14-of-19 passes, seven to Jim Campbell.
* Sept. 18, 1965 - Syracuse hands Navy its first defeat in N-MC Memorial Stadium, 14-6, ending a 13-game win streak at that site.
* Sept. 23, 1967 - Navy receiver Rob Taylor sets school records for most catches (10) and most yards receiving (140) in a game as Navy beats Penn State, 23-22, when Taylor catches a 16-yard TD pass with 57 seconds left.
* Oct. 23, 1976 - Tony Dorsett becomes the NCAA's all-time career rushing leader when he runs for 180 yards and three TDs in Pitt's win.
* Nov. 12, 1977 - Navy beats Georgia Tech, 20-12, as Naval Academy alumnus, President Jimmy Carter, watches.
* Sept. 12, 1981 -- Navy defeats The Citadel for its 500th all-time win.
* Nov. 7, 1981 - Eddie Meyers sets a Navy record for most rushing yardage in a game with 298 yards and four touchdowns in Mids' 35-23 win over Syracuse.
* Nov. 17, 1984 - Navy defeats second-ranked South Carolina, 38-21, in one of the biggest upsets ever for the Mids, marking only the third time Navy has beaten an opponent ranked this high.
* Nov. 9, 1985 - Navy quarterback Bill Byrne sets school records for passing yardage (399), pass attempts (52) and pass completions (37) in a single game, but the Mids lose to Syracuse, 24-20.
* Sept. 22, 1990 - Alton Grizzard becomes Navy's all-time career total offense leader in a 23-21 win over Villanova.
* Nov. 23, 1991 - Jim Kubiak, a Plebe, sets a school record with his 406 yards passing against Wake Forest. He completed 37-of-54 passes that day.
* Oct. 5, 1996 - The Mids explode for 64 points to top Duke, 64-27. The 64 points is the most ever scored in the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
* Nov. 9, 1996 - Navy clinches its first winning season since 1982 with a 30-14 victory over Delaware.
* Nov. 16, 1996 -- Chris McCoy sets a school record with 44 rushing attempts vs. Tulane. McCoy finished with 214 yards rushing and the Mids cruise to their seventh win of the season.
* September 13, 1997 - Chris McCoy ties an NCAA record by rushing for three touchdowns on consecutive carries, as Navy defeated Rutgers, 36-7.
* October 18, 1997 - Gerald Wilson returns an interception 95 yards for a touchdown, as Navy defeats VMI, 42-7. The 95-yard interception return is a stadium record and second longest in school history.
* November 8, 1997 - Chris McCoy rushes for two touchdowns, giving him a school-record 36 career touchdowns, as Navy defeats Temple, 49-17. The previous record was held by Bill Ingram, who scored 34 touchdowns in 1917.
* Nov. 15, 1997 - Pat McGrew catches a school-record tying three touchdown passes as Navy defeats Colgate, 52-24.
* Nov. 22, 1997 - Chris McCoy became just the 10th player to rush and pass for 1,000 yards in NCAA history and Pat McGrew has a 91-yard touchdown run, second longest in school history and longest in stadium history, as Navy rolls over Kent, 62-29.
Battles Here is the list of battles on the facade at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium:
Blue Side (West): Southern France, Anzio, Belleau Wood, Chateau Thierry, Pearl Harbor, Java Sea, Wake, Coral Sea, Midway, Savo Island, Eastern Solomons, Santa Cruz Islands, Guadalcanal, New Georgia, Bougainville, Rabaul, Cape Gloucester, Hollandia, Market Time, Quang Nam, Quang Tin and Quang Ngai.
Gold Side (East): Marianas, Tarawa, Kwaj-alein, Sicily, Philippine Sea, North Africa, Peleliu, Leyte Gulf, Lingayen Gulf, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Salerno, Normandy, Inchon, Chosin Reservoir, Battle of the Atlantic, Mekong Delta, Thua Thien, Quang Tri, Yankee Station, Desert Storm and Aleutian Campaign.
The Largest Crowds
1. October 11, 1997 Navy vs. Air Force -- 36,172
2. October 9, 1993 Navy vs. Air Force -- 35,753
3. October 12, 1985 Navy vs. Air Force -- 35,663
4. October 12, 1991 Navy vs. Air Force -- 35,640
5. October 7, 1989 Navy vs. Air Force -- 35,632
The Admiral Hamilton Locker Room Complex and Walk of Fame
The Rear Admiral Thomas J. Hamilton Locker Room Complex at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium was officially dedicated at the opening game of the 1992 season.
The $800,000 facility includes new home and visiting team locker rooms, training rooms, an officials1 dressing area and an office area for the stadium supervisor. There are separate dressing and bath areas for coaches in each of the locker rooms.
The new locker rooms accommodate approximately 100 players and coaches for each team. The 16,000 square foot structure is of masonry construction and is completely air conditioned. The facility actually includes two buildings and incorporates the arch which has been a traditional part of the entrance at the north end of the stadium. The arch was refurbished to match the decor of the complex.
On the side facing the field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, a Walk of Fame has been erected. Ensconced in bronze letters on the wall are the respective Naval Academy recipients of the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Trophy; National Football Foundation Hall of Fame selectees; National Football Foundation Gold Medal winners; NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award winners; first team All-America selections; and Academic All-America selections. An eight foot-wide walkway has been constructed in front of the Walk of Fame and allows any former football player to purchase a brick in the walkway with his name and class year inscribed on the facing.
This opportunity is available immediately upon receipt of a $100 donation (checks should be made to the Naval Academy Athletic Association Walk of Fame). The complex is named in honor of Rear Admiral Thomas J. Hamilton, former Navy playing great, coach, director of athletics and a 1927 graduate of the Naval Academy.
Ricketts Hall Navy's football team has the use of one of the better facilities in the country in Ricketts Hall. The $8 million renovation of Ricketts Hall that was completed in 1996, has provided upgraded meeting rooms for the football team, offices for the football coaches, and office areas for the Naval Academy Athletic Association administrators, the business and ticket offices and offices for Sports Information and Sports Promotions. Ricketts Hall is named after Admiral Claude Vernon Ricketts, a 1929 graduate who played end for the Midshipmen, earning a varsity letter in 1929. During the battle at Pearl Harbor, Ricketts received a Letter of Commendation for his efforts to save his ship and his mortally wounded captain. He later became Commander Second Fleet and then assumed duties as the Vice Chief of Naval Operations.
Bellino Auditorium A theater in the complex for staff and team meetings is named after 1960 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Bellino.
Staubach Locker Room The football locker room, which is named after 1963 Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach, features lockers that incorporate a built-in seat for each player and a personal lock box. This locker room can house up to 151 players.
Romo Training Center The midshipmen physical training center, which is named for Navy's former athletic trainer, Leon (Red) Romo, incorporates a state-of-the-art rehabilitation therapy pool for use by athletic teams and the Brigade of Midshipmen, a computer injury management system which will network with all other training rooms around the Naval Academy and with the Naval Academy Medical Department, updated equipment and treatment modalities and a doctor1s examination area. The training room is double the size of the one previously housed in the eighth wing of Bancroft Hall and enables the training staff to treat more people and do it more efficiently.
The Weight Room In addition to the great instruction from the speed and strength development staff, the Mids have use of one of the country's premier weight rooms. The three-year-old facility encompasses 12,000 square feet with over 42,000 lbs. of free weights, 30 yards of dumbbells, 175 training stations and a full line of Hammer and Nautilus equipment. The weight room is also equipped with state-of-the-art speed development equipment and a sound system with 42 ceiling speakers and a 25 disc CD player. The room offers a view of the Severn River and the Chesapeake Bay. The weight room is open to all Midshipmen through PE classes and is also available to the athletic teams.
The Equipment Room The equipment room, known to the players and coaches as the 'Bull Pen', is located on ground level, facilitating access for the players. It also includes an efficient laundry service and bigger and improved storage space which will lengthen the life of protective gear.
Rip Miller Field The locker room egress connects directly to the new turf field which was dedicated on Oct. 13 of 1995 in honor of the late E. E. "Rip" Miller, longtime Navy assistant director of athletics.
July 1, 2010
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The Naval Academy Athletic Association is constructing four development boxes, a television media center and camera locations on the upper east side of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The construction will be finished in time for Navy's home opener against Georgia Southern on Sept. 11, according to the Baltimore Sun. A tower will have four boxes for hospitality and game-day entertainment. The four boxes will add to the 26 now there and allow the Athletic Association to address a lengthy waiting list for suites. Revenue generated by the suites will be used to pay for constructing the tower, the newspaper reported.
THE ULTIMATE SPORTS ROAD TRIP
By: Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell
November 20, 2010 - Pageantry and a solemn presence. That would be the best way to describe Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, home of the Navy Midshipmen football program in Annapolis , Maryland .
The stadium is located pretty close to the U.S. Naval Academy. Opened in 1959, the venue seats approximately 34,000 for football, although an expansive lawn seating area in the open north end zone can easily accommodate another 4,000 or so additional spectators.
What makes this stadium so unique is that it is almost a living museum to this entire branch of the United States armed forces. One will not find banners or retired numbers or a wall of fame of the best of the best players who have participated in the school’s football program. Nor are there any championship banners. Instead the ring of honor is reserved for the names of military campaigns which the Navy has fought in throughout this country’s history. The wall along the field as well as the sideline balcony walls call out the list, offering a poignant reminder of who the real heroes are.
Also not to be missed is the park and walkway in the north end zone, where the arches further display and tell the story of conflicts at sea and the Navy’s participation in these conflicts.
Navy cadets are dressed in their fine looking unis on game day, and are hard to miss, taking up most of the lower seating deck on the west sidelines. Each time the home team scores, a bevy of students fly onto the end zone sidelines, performing the requisite number of pushups depending on how many points Navy has scored to that point. One of the trivia questions asked on the video board was how many total pushups were done in a recent 73-6 stomping by the Midshipmen. It was something like 479. Crazy.
Great sightlines. Energetic atmosphere. The word “Navy” is stenciled into the upper seats, yellow chairs enmenshed with the blue seats top give the stadium its signature look. Amidst a pretty colorful tailgate scene, an intimate venue for football, a visit here is worth more than a passing look. Unfortunate that it has never hosted an Army-Navy game. Or for that matter one of their independent rivals, Notre Dame. This was, however, a host venue for the 1984 Summer Olympics, as soccer was played here during that time.