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Busch Field

- Directions to Busch Field:

From the North/West: Take I-64 East to Lightfoot Exit 234 (Route 199 East). At top of exit ramp, take a right onto Route 199 East. Stay on 199 East until the Monticello Avenue exit. Exit at Monticello Avenue, and bear left on exit ramp. At bottom of ramp, turn left at light onto Monticello (pass under 199). Go straight through five stoplights (passing over Ironbound Road at the last light). After the light, continue straight for about half a mile and take the first right onto Compton Drive (before light at the bottom of the hill). There may not be a street sign! The road is heavily wooded on both sides. Continue on Compton Drive and turn right at the first stop sign onto Brooks Road. Busch Field will be at the end of the road on your right, where the road takes a left turn.

From the South/East: Take I-64 West to Exit 242A (Route 199 West). Follow 199 to fourth light. At the fourth light, take a right onto Jamestown Road. Follow Jamestown Road 1.1 miles (past Lake Matoaka on left), then take a left past the first class building (on the left) onto Ukrop Drive. At the first stop sign (after passing the parking deck on the left), turn left and continue to follow Ukrop Drive through the next stop sign. Turn left in front of William and Mary Hall, and Busch Field straight ahead at the bottom of the hill.

Description

Busch Field has been the permanent home of the Tribe field hockey team since 1990, and was renovated with a state-of-the-art AstroTurf 12(TM) surface and brand new irrigation system in the summer of 2009. With the upgrades, the stadium now ranks among the best in the nation.

Busch Field boasts a seating capacity of 2,271 and a computerized lighting system, allowing W&M to host games at any time of day or night. The 120 x 75-yard playing surface combines a two-inch poured pad with AstroTurf 12(TM) grass which is tacked down, rather than cemented, making the mini-stadium unique in the United States. As part of the 2009 renovations, a new irrigation system was put in that includes a dedicated well and six high-pressure water cannons.

The field and grandstand were made possible by a generous donation from the Anheuser-Busch Corporation, and was formally dedicated in the fall of 1989. The Tribe field hockey team played three games in the facility that first season, winning all three by a combined score of 16-1. Over the ensuing 20 years, W&M has posted a record of 126-67-2 (.651), and has held a winning record at home in 18 of 21 seasons.

Busch Field was formerly the home of both soccer teams as well as the lacrosse team until the 2003-04 school year, and still serves as an inclement-weather practice and competition site for the lacrosse team in the spring.

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