Indiana University's commitment to excellence is evident by the facilities it provides to its athletic teams. Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium is the permanent home of the IU soccer program. The complex is the finest college facility in the nation, and was financed entirely by private contributions.
"Without Bill Armstrong, we wouldn't have the soccer program we have today," former Hoosier head coach Jerry Yeagley said. "Bill made it all possible to not only be a varsity sport, but to also be a championship-caliber program. To share this naming with him makes it special. Bill was like my big brother. Whenever I was having a bad day, I would go see Bill and he would always point out the silver lining. "
The complex opened in 1981. In the summer of 2000, the stadium received major renovations that has allowed it to maintain its status as college soccer's premier venue. The renovations came in a two-phase project. This initial phase included a new grass playing surface - the first upgrade since the field was constructed - along with relocation of utilities under the field to support a 5,000-seat, poured-in-place grandstand. The concrete grandstand includes the nation's most complete soccer press facility, including seating for 50 members of the media, restrooms and a food service area. Directly behind the press box is a customer services building with concessions and restrooms. Stadium lighting also was updated in the renovation.
In addition to an entirely new grandstand, Armstrong Stadium received a new scoreboard, which includes a complete message board. The entire cost of Phase I was over $2.5 million.
The second phase was completed in the spring of 2001. It included the removal of the old north stands, the two-level press box, the elevator and the two center light towers. A total of eight rows remain on the north side ,which seat 1,500 spectators to bring the current capacity to 6,500. Future renovations also will include improvements to restrooms, concessions and storage space.
The most recent change to the facility came during the spring and summer of 2005 when a new grand entry plaza, joining Hayes Track at Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex with Armstrong Stadium was completed.
On April 2, 2004, following the program's sixth national title, the playing surface at Armstrong Stadium was named in honor of the program's first head coach Jerry Yeagley. The official title of the venue became Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The field was dedicated in a ceremony prior to the Hoosiers' 2004 season opener against Boston University. Prior to the match, Yeagley took the ceremonial first kick on the field. The Hoosiers scored in the final two minutes of regulation to force overtime before winning, 3-2.
Armstrong Attendance Records
|Indiana Men's Soccer Record at Armstrong Stadium|
|All Big Ten
|Totals||272-43-30 (.831)||53-4-2 (.915)||45-7-9 (.827)||56-8-9 (.811)|
Armstrong Stadium currently includes complete locker room facilities for both the Hoosiers and the visiting team on the north side. Indiana's locker room is one of the finest in the country and includes a complete training room on the premises. In addition, the Metz Lounge can be used for team meetings and is utilized for postgame press conferences.
September 13, 1981, marked the first time the Hoosiers did battle at the stadium as they defeated San Francisco, 2-1, in overtime. Over 250 games have been played at Bill Armstrong Stadium since, with one of the greatest games being the 1988 NCAA Division I Championship game in which Indiana defeated Howard, 1-0, to win its third NCAA title.
The Hoosiers have dominated the competition at Armstrong Stadium, thanks in part to the capacity crowds in attendance. Indiana owns a mark of 259-39-27, an amazing winning percentage of .828. The Hoosiers are 53-4-2 (.915) at Armstrong in NCAA Tournament play and 43-7-8 (.812) in Big Ten regular season competition.
Armstrong Stadium served as the site of the first-ever Big Ten Conference Soccer Tournament in 1991. The Big Ten Tournament also was held at Bill Armstrong Stadium in 1992, 1997, 2003 and most recently in 2009. IU took home the championship in four of the five tournaments that were played at Armstrong Stadium.
The facility also played host to the 1992 Men's Olympic soccer team as the United States team played a qualifying match against Canada. Five Big Ten Tournaments and 57 NCAA Tournament games have been played at Armstrong over the past 29 seasons.
September 5, 1993 marked the first time the women's soccer did battle at the stadium, as they defeated Cincinnati, 3-1 in front of 2,027 fans. Indiana owns an all-time record of 108-62-13 at Armstrong Stadium, which includes a perfect 9-0 season in 1998.
The women's team hosted its first NCAA Tournament game and garnered is its first NCAA Tournament victory with a 3-1 win over Wright State on November 11, 1998. In addition, the Hoosiers hosted the 1995 Big Ten Tournament at Armstrong Stadium and will serve as host again in 2012.
The stadium's natural grass playing surface measures 74 by 117 yards, the maximum dimensions for a collegiate soccer field. Night games are played under permanent lights which easily provide sufficient candle power for television, photography and filming.
Armstrong Stadium is located north of Central Campus and east of Assembly Hall and Gladstein Fieldhouse on North Fee Lane (See the Interactive Campus Map).