The William I Jacobs Recreational Complex

In the fall of 2018 American University athletics unveiled a newly renovated home for its field hockey team and women's lacrosse team, when the William I Jacobs Recreational Complex was re-opened. The complex originally opened in the Fall of 2005.

On Sept. 3, 2005, AU's field hockey team hosted the Princeton Tigers for the first athletic contest on the new field, a game in which the Eagles emerged victorious 4-1. AU's field hockey team also earned the right to host the 2005 Patriot League Tournament on November 6-7, where American defeated Lehigh 7-0 in the semifinals before capturing the league crown for the third straight year by downing Holy Cross 4-2 in the Championship Game. AU's women's lacrosse team played its first game on the new field on March 1, 2006, when they hosted the Towson Tigers.

The previous AstroTurf played host to 27 Patriot League Tournament Games including nine PL Championship games, between Field Hockey and Lacrosse. The Eagles raised seven PL Championship trophies from the original renovation

Features of the William I Jacobs Recreational Complex:

  • Brand-new state-of-the-art AstroTurf® 12 synthetic turf is a surface of knitted nylon designed for uniformity, consistent footing, durability and water absorption.
  • The field is stadium green with white markings for field hockey and yellow for lacrosse, features the American University blue as an outline and the AU logo behind the spectator stands.
  • The turf also extends across the softball field with white lines and brown markings for the three bases, home plate, and the pitcher's mound.
  • A new Daktronics video board features an LED video display for in-game graphics content. The board, measuring 22-feet tall and 18-feet wide, includes a penalty time panel and space for sponsorship content. 
  • A Popup watering system provides irrigation and keeps the field wet during matches and practice. The system, activated remotely, adds convenience to the ground and maintenance team
  • Scorers/Press area with a full complement of electronics support including wireless internet
  • Turfed Softball diamond and two outdoor sand volleyball courts for AU students and intramural programs 

Jacobs Field has played host to NCAA Tournament Matches for Field Hockey on five occasions. The Eagles are undefeated in the NCAA tournament when playing at Jacobs Field. 


William I Jacobs served on the AU Board of Trustees from 1988-2004 and served as chairman during his time on the Board of Trustees. Mr. Jacobs received a BS in Business Administration from American University and a Juris Doctor from American University Law School.


Jacobs Complex  Records

Record at Jacobs Complex

Win Percentage at Jacobs Complex

Longest Unbeaten Streak

Field Hockey



11 Games (2010-2011)

Women’s Lacrosse



Four Games (2012, 2013)


Patriot League Tournament Games

PL Tournament Host

PL Tournament Championship Game Host

AU Championship Wins at William I Jacobs Complex

Field Hockey

24 Games

Eight Games

Seven Games (2005-2010, 2013)

Woman’s Lacrosse

Three Games

One Game

Runner Up (2008)