USF Track and Field Stadium
|Former names||USF Soccer Stadium (1978–1990)|
USF Soccer and Track Stadium (1990–2010)
|Owner||University of South Florida|
|Operator||University of South Florida|
|Surface||Grass (field), Mondo track surface (track)|
|Renovated||1989, 1998, 2008|
|South Florida Bulls men's soccer 1978–2010|
South Florida Bulls women's soccer 1995–2010
South Florida Bulls men's track & field 1990-present
South Florida Bulls women's track & field 1990-present
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1991–1992
Tampa Bay Cyclones 1995–1996
The USF Track and Field Stadium (formerly known as the USF Soccer Stadium from 1978–1990 and the USF Soccer and Track Stadium from 1990–2010) is a track and field stadium that was built in 1978. The stadium is currently home to the men's and women's track and field teams from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. It also hosted the school's men's and women's soccer programs from 1978 and 1995 respectively through the end of their 2010 seasons.
The 4,000 capacity stadium has hosted several events throughout the years including Lamar Hunt US Open Cup matches, the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship final twice, the C-USA soccer tournaments for men and women, the men's Big East soccer tournament, the C-USA track and field championships once, and the American Athletic Conference track and field championships once.
In 1984, when Tampa hosted Super Bowl XVIII at Tampa Stadium, the Washington Redskins practiced at the stadium. Concerned about the lack of privacy at the stadium, the Redskins purchased a green tarpaulin that was attached to the fence around the stadium. The Redskins donated the tarp to the university and it remained in use for many years.
In the mid-1980s the stadium hosted preseason training for the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League (USFL), including stars Herschel Walker and Brian Sipe. The Generals' players stayed and dined at nearby Fontana Hall.
The stadium was renovated to add a running track in 1990, when USF's track and field programs were founded.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies played one 1990 playoff game there before using the facility full-time in 1991 and 1992 for home games while playing in the American Professional Soccer League. The Tampa Bay Cyclones of the USISL played most of their home games there in 1995 and 1996 before moving to Jacksonville.
In the fall of 2010, USF began construction on a new soccer stadium. The new Corbett Soccer Stadium hosted its first match on August 23, 2011, as the Bulls men's team defeated the crosstown rival University of Tampa Spartans 2–1 in the annual preseason Rowdies Cup. The original stadium remains in use as a track and field facility and for other events.
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