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Wien Stadium
Lawrence A. Wien Stadium
Lions Den
Robert K. Kraft Field

Wien Stadium

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Address 5101 Broadway
New York, NY 10034
Phone (212) 650-7000
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  The Facility  
Date Opened September 22, 1984
Ownership
(Management)
Columbia University
(Columbia University)
Surface FieldTurf
Cost of Construction Unknown
Capacity 17,000
Luxury Suites None
Club Seats None
  Other Facts  
Tenants Columbia Lions
(NCAA) (1984-Present)
Population Base 10,000,000
On Site Parking Unknown
Nearest Airport JFK International Airport (JFK)


Sources: Mediaventures

Opened in 1984, Lawrence A. Wien Stadium is now in its third decade as the official Lions' Den. A 17,000-seat facility, it is home to Columbia's football, lacrosse, and track and field teams. A new artificial playing surface was installed at Wien Stadium in 2005. The Lions now practice and compete on FieldTurf, the same infill system used by many NFL teams.

In addition to providing a modern facility for Columbia's athletes, Wien Stadium acts as a modern athletics arena in a traditional setting which provides for the needs of fans, alumni, and the media. The Columbia press box, located on the east side of the field, stands at the top of a three-level structure that also houses the Maniatty-Remmer Lounge, home to numerous alumni gatherings. The home stands, below the press and lounge areas, hold 10,500 spectators in armchair, contour and bench seats. In 1986 the west stands were dedicated. The construction of the 6,500-seat west bleachers increased stadium capacity to the current 17,000.

Beyond the west stands is a panoramic view of Spuyten Duyvil, the confluence of the Harlem and Hudson rivers, and the New Jersey Palisades. The view is one reason that Wien Stadium was featured in Sports Illustrated as one of the most beautiful places in the country to watch a football game.

Source: Columbia University Sports Information Office

On March 24, 1999 David Perry wrote: While the picture you have here (right) is a wonderful one, and I'm glad I got a chance to see it, it is not Wien Stadium, or even Baker Field. It is actually from the pre-1925 days, when Columbia played on campus, using temporary stands. (They did the same for baseball, by the way; Lou Gehrig played on the same spot.) The team moved to Baker Field about 1925 and played in a wooden stadium until 1982. After a year divided between Giants Stadium and Hofstra, they moved into Wien Stadium.

Columbia Lions

Baker Field
Baker Field
1923-1982
Giants Stadium
Giants Stadium

1983
Hofstra Stadium
Hofstra Stadium

1983
Wien Stadium
Wien Stadium

1984-Present


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