Built in 1981 to serve as the home of Yale’s soccer and lacrosse programs, the stadium received new lights and a state-of-the-art artificial turf during the first phase of renovations that concluded in 2007. The turf makes it possible to schedule practices and games in any weather. The recently completed second phase of renovations created four new air-conditioned team rooms, an enhanced press box and VIP seating area, the Kempner Family Plaza and expanded bleachers that can accommodate up to 1,450 fans. Additional improvements allow coaches to film players and view the footage inside the facility and one of the smaller touches the student-athletes appreciate is the MP3 player dock that allows them to listen to music during hours of practice.
In their design of the facility, Centerbrook Architects and Planners aimed to create a stadium that would serve the student-athletes and integrate well with the surrounding Yale Bowl and Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. The structure uses the same barrel vaults and arches found on facades of the other two buildings.
Reese Stadium, built in 1981 and renovated thanks to a gift from the Reese family (Photo Gallery), is the home of the men's and women's soccer teams in the fall and the men's and women's lacrosse teams in the spring. It was originally known as the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium prior to the Reese family's donation. A donation from the Kempner family and an anonymous challenge gift helped move the renovation plans forward in the spring of 2008 (story).
On April 9, 2011 the home of the Yale soccer and lacrosse teams was officially dedicated and named after Jason ‘87 and Jon Reese ‘90. The venue formerly known as the Yale Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium has been called Reese Stadium since February of 2006. The renovation project has gone through a number of phases, the second of which was completed in the spring of 2011.
The Reese brothers put Yale in a phase of its own, a winning one. Jason was a star goalie for the Bulldog men’s lacrosse team, while Jon is the most prolific scorer in Yale lacrosse history and was the captain of an Ivy League championship football team. The Yale Lacrosse Program enjoyed its finest era (Ivy titles in 1988, 89, 90) with a Reese on its roster.
Thanks to the generous leadership gifts from Jason Reese ’87, Jon Reese ’90, Jamie and Cynthia Kempner ’79, and an anonymous $1 million challenge match from another former Eli player to the Yale Soccer Association, the Yale soccer and lacrosse teams now enjoy one of the best athletic facilities in collegiate ranks.
Reese Stadium includes a synthetic playing surface (FieldTurf ), seating for 1,200 (bleachers along Coxe Cage can seat an additional 500), team meeting rooms, press box, concessions area, ticket office, VIP viewing areas and state-of-the art sound and lighting systems.
In addition to serving as the home of the Yale soccer team, the stadium also played host to numerous international soccer teams. It was used as the practice site for the U.S. national squad before its game against Juventus of Italy in June 1991 at the Yale Bowl and by Brazil in the opening game of the U.S. cup in '93. In 1995, the stadium was the main soccer venue for the Special Olympics World Games.