The Hofstra Men and Women’s Soccer Teams play at the Hofstra University Soccer Stadium, located on the University’s north campus, adjacent to the Hofstra Physical Education Center. The Stadium, constructed in 2003 through a partnership with the New York Jets, features a 120-yard by 74-yard FieldTurf surface, stadium lighting, metal bleachers the length of the field, the Gorman Memorial Gateway and the Hofstra Soccer Walls of Honor.
“We are very pleased to be able to add to our campus a first-rate soccer facility with lights and seating for approximately 1,600 spectators,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “This facility will enhance our soccer programs, and will also permit us to host exhibitions and other community contests. We are most grateful to the New York Jets for their generosity in making this facility possible.”
The FieldTurf system, which was installed by Landtek of Amityville, New York, replicates a natural grass surface, but offers the durability and cost benefits of synthetic fields. FieldTurf is a safe alternative, resulting in a documented reduction of sports injuries. The sand and rubber infill system is the biggest technical development that the sport surfacing industry has seen in the last 25 years. This patented technology sets FieldTurf apart from all other sports surfaces.
In June 2001 the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the worldwide governing body for the sport of soccer, gave its official recommendation to the artificial grass FieldTurf installation at Boston University's Nickerson Field for international competition and domestic league play. The historic ruling, the first and only certification of an artificial surface in the world at this time, means that venues with FieldTurf can be used for all preliminary competition matches for the FIFA World Cup and Olympic Football Tournaments as well as for professional league play. There have been more than 500 FieldTurf installations worldwide in recent years.
The facility is lit with a system from the Iowa-based Musco Lighting Company. Musco is recognized as a world-class leader in sports lighting with lighting systems installed around the globe. A leader in developing sports-lighting technology – including solutions for permanent and temporary lighting, and sports facility management – Musco offers innovative systems, a comprehensive package of services, and decades of experience.
Working with organizations such as Amateur Softball Association, Babe Ruth League, Disney, England and Wales Cricket Board, Little League Baseball®, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, and the NBA, Musco has played a key role in developing guidelines for safe, efficient sports facilities. Musco is a Major Partner with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA); provides the Official Sports-Lighting System for Little League Baseball and was selected to light Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex — a state-of-the-art 200-acre complex with facilities for more than 30 sports.
The facility is outfitted with a seating system from the Southern Bleacher Company of Graham, Texas. Since 1946, Southern Bleacher has set the standard of excellence in the design and manufacturing of sports stadiums and entertainment venues. Southern Bleacher products grace professional baseball diamonds and soccer fields, college campuses, school districts, NASCAR tracks and rodeo arenas across the United States.
The Hofstra Soccer Stadium served as the home site of first round NCAA Tournament games in 2005 and 2006, as well as hosting numerous high school playoff contests.