Reeves Field is one of the premier soccer facilities in the Washington, D.C., area, and has served as the home site for American University soccer since 1949. It has also hosted six NCAA Tournament games and been the training site for numerous professional and national teams from around the world.
Reeves Field has gained fame throughout the collegiate and professional ranks as one of the finest fields in the nation.
After being named Soccer Field of the Year by the Sports Turf Managers Association in 2002, Reeves Field underwent a $300,000 renovation three years later to construct a new foundation, replace the drainage system and install a new playing surface.
The AU men's soccer team is a perfect 6-0 in NCAA Tournament games played at Reeves Field. In 1985, American's home-field advantage at Reeves catapulted the Eagles into the national spotlight following their victory in the NCAA national semifinals over Hartwick before 5,000 fans. The win sent the Eagles to the NCAA Championship Game in Seattle, Wash., where AU would fall to UCLA, 1-0, in the a NCAA-record eight overtime periods.
The last NCAA home match came in 2004, when the Eagles defeated Long Island, 3-0, in a first-round matchup. In 2002, AU beat local rival George Washington, 1-0, in a first round matchup. In 1997, the Eagles hosted thrilling first-and-second round NCAA Tournament victories over William & Mary and Maryland on their way to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Reeves Field has been a popular location for professional and national teams on their summer tours.
In preparation for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, national teams from the United States, Bolivia and Portugal trained at Reeves before departing for games throughout the U.S.
Brazil, Uruguay and Germany have also spent time at Reeves Field before friendly matches along the east coast.
In the summer of 2000, AU served as the practice site for Newcastle United, one of England's premier professional soccer clubs. A few years later, in 2004, FC Barcelona and Blackburn worked out at Reeves in preparation for matches as part of a United States tour.
Other professional teams from all over the world have come to use the field, including Manchester United, A.C. Milan, New Castle and Roma.
The field has also hosted teams from Major League Soccer (D.C. United, Miami Fusion, San Jose Earthquakes and Seatle Sounders) as a practice field.
In 2010, the U.S. National team utilized the field in preparation for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.
Reeves Field also features a six-lane Greenberg Track to accommodate the track and field programs at AU and creates a multi-purpose event site. The larger width from the track brought new conveniences to the site, such as a 200-foot long retaining wall and bleachers for fans.
Matthew Centrowitz, the son of AU head coach of track and cross country, won gold at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in the mile. Centrowitz grew up running on the track at AU.
During the summer of 1994, Hendrix and Dail, Inc., of Greenville, N.C., replaced the original Reeves Field playing surface with the exclusive Bermuda Bluegrass Sod found at all of the 1994 World Cup venues. The prescription turf was laid atop four inches of an 80 percent sand, 20 percent soil mixture, complete with laser leveling. A state-of-the-art drainage system runs beneath the surface with the capability of draining several inches or rain per hour, giving the AU athletic programs the ability to play under almost any amount of rain.
The exclusive soccer pitch conforms to both NCAA and international standards with a roomy 74 x 117-yard playing surface.
Originally designed as a multi-purpose field to serve the entire university community, Reeves Field underwent its first major renovation in 1988, thanks to a $250,000 donation from Mrs. John Reeves. Included in that facelift was an automatic sprinkler system and a computer-operated soccer scoreboard to keep fans on top of the action.
Updated July, 2017