Originally opened in 1963 as Hofstra Stadium and renamed James M. Shuart Stadium in August 2002, the facility serves as the home to Hofstra's lacrosse teams.
Named after the former Hofstra President, who played football and lacrosse during his undergraduate days at Hofstra, James M. Shuart Stadium has served as the host for the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship Quarterfinals and first round games in the NCAA Men's and Women's Lacrosse Championships, numerous conference championship contests, the Long Island All-Star Football Game, the Fun City Bowl featuring the New York City Police and Fire Department teams, the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse, and various Long Island high school and New York state championship games. The stadium also served as a home for the Long Island Rough Riders of professional soccer's A-League.
In 1968 the stadium became the third college facility in the nation to install an artificial playing surface. James M. Shuart Stadium underwent a major renovation and expansion that was completed in the fall of 1996, making the facility into one of the premier complexes in the Northeast. The project included the expansion of the seating capacity from 7,000 to 13,000; the creation of the Howdy Myers Pavilion in the southeast corner of the stadium; and the installation of scoreboards in both end zones. The renovation transformed James M. Shuart Stadium into the largest outdoor sports and entertainment complex on Long Island. In 2007 the artificial turf at James M. Shuart Stadium was replaced with FieldTurf, then in 2009 new scoreboards were installed in the north and south end zones.
The largest crowds in James M. Shuart Stadium history occurred during the hosting of the NCAA Lacrosse Quarterfinals. A stadium record 13,447 people, the largest-ever lacrosse crowd on Long Island, were in attendance for the 2011 NCAA Quarterfinals, while a crowd of 12,292, a then-NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship Quarterfinal, witnessed the 1999 NCAA Quarterfinals featuring Hofstra versus Johns Hopkins. In 2009 11,292 fans were present and 10,510 fans attended the 2001 quarterfinals that featured Hofstra against Syracuse.