In just over 10 years of existence, VCU's SportsBackers Stadium has already hosted more prestigious events than some facilities do in a lifetime.
In addition to serving as the home facility for VCU men's and women's soccer and track & field teams, the facility has played host to the USA Track & Field Junior National Championships, the CAA Track & Field Championships, four NCAA tournament soccer games and the Virginia High School Track & Field Championships.
The facility officially opened on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 with construction of skyboxes, a two-tier press box and offices completed in the Spring of 2001.
On the south side of the facility is a dual purpose building with a oversized storage shed on one side and a training room for VCU's elite athletic training staff on the other.
The facility also houses a bevy of restrooms, two concession stands and three locker rooms.
With over 3,000 quality seats available, SportsBackers can quickly turn into an elite soccer environment, just ask anyone who watched the Rams battle Virginia Tech in the 2004 NCAA Quarterfinals when fans were being turned away due to capacity being reached.
The two-tier press box and luxury skybox provides plenty of space and amenities to host some of the nation's top events. It also has a host of restrooms, three locker rooms and a storage fa
Men's Soccer Coach Dave Giffard:
"There are several soccer facilities that have a lot of the great looks on the outside, but the surface is beat up or vice versa. SportsBackers brings both together with a fantastic playing surface and great looks on the outside with the grandstand and press box. We hope to continue to build it into a stellar soccer environment."
For Track & Field:
The eight-lane Richard A. Hollander Track received a fresh recoating during the 2010 summer months and is fresh for the Rams and some of the nation's top track & field athletes. The 48-inch wide lanes with Martin surfacing, along with a full compliment of throwing facilities provide an ideal facility for hosting meets.
Head Track & Field Coach Jon Riley on SportsBackers:
"With the recent resurfacing, it is one of the best track facilities in the surrounding area. It's already hosted many prominent meets, and a lot of big names have competed there. It is a good, fast track. It helps in recruiting a lot because so many of the high school athletes are familiar with it from competing there."