Reeves Field: Home of the Eagles
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. Reeves Field was named the 2002 College/University Soccer Field of the Year. It has also hosted six NCAA Tournament games and been the training site for numerous professional and national teams.
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.
Reeves Field has gained notoriety throughout the collegiate and professional ranks as one of the finest fields in the nation. Throughout 2008, the U.S. National Team utilized Reeves Field in preparation for training for World Cup 2010 Qualifying. In 2004, FC Barcelona and Blackburn used Reeves Field as a training facility. In the summer of 2000, AU served as the practice site for Newcastle United, one of England's premier professional soccer clubs. Major League Soccer's D.C. United, Miami Fusion and San Jose Earthquakes have also practiced at AU. Additionally, in 1996, national teams from the United States, Bolivia and Portugal trained at Reeves in preparation for Summer Olympic games.
The AU men's soccer team is a perfect 6-0 in NCAA Tournament games played at Reeves Field. Most recently, in 2004, the Eagles defeated Long Island, 3-0, in the NCAA Tournament First Round. Two years before, AU beat local-rival George Washington, 1-0, in a first round matchup at Reeves. 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.
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 at
Reeves. The win sent the Eagles to the NCAA Championship Game in
Seattle, Wash., where AU would go on to fall to UCLA, 1-0, in the
national championship match in a NCAA-record eight overtime
Reeves Field also features a six-lane 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.
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 capabilities 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 yd. 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.