Reeves Field and Greenberg Track
Field solidified its position as one of the premier soccer facilities
in the Washington, D.C. area last fall, continuing its tradition as a
dominating home site for American University soccer since 1949. Reeves
Field earned the 2002 College Soccer Field of the Year, hosted its fifth
NCAA Tournament game and served as the training site for the Uruguayan
National Soccer team.
being named Soccer Field of the Year by the Sports Turf Managers Association,
Reeves played host to almost 2,000 fans on Nov. 23, 2002 as the Eagles
downed George Washington University, 1-0, in the NCAA First Round.
Utilized as a soccer and lacrosse competition site, Reeves Field has gained
notoriety throughout the collegiate and professional ranks as one of the
finest fields in the nation. This past summer, 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. National teams
from the USA, Bolivia and Portugal trained at Reeves in 1996 in preparation
for Summer Olympic games held at RFK Stadium.
the men’s soccer team hosted two thrilling first and second round
games of the NCAA Tournament, as well as the CAA Championship game. In
1985, American’s home-field advantage catapulted the Eagles into
the national spotlight following their victory in the NCAA Semifinals
over Hartwick before 5,000 fans at Reeves. The win sent the Eagles to
the NCAA Championship in Seattle, where AU would go on to fall, 1-0, to
UCLA in the national championship match.
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-ft.
long retaining wall and bleachers that seat 700 for games.
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.
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.