About the Varsity Field Hockey Turf
The Stanford field hockey program begins its 14th season on the Varsity Turf in 2011. The state-of-the-art facility was made possible by numerous donations, including generous contributions by the Levinson Family.
With a seating capacity of 500 and measuring over 111,000 square feet, the artificial turf surface is considered one of the top playing fields in the country and the premier surface in the NorPac Conference.
The 2009 campaign featured the addition of lights to the facility. Stanford defeated Northeastern 1-0 on Sept. 4 in the first-ever night game in school history, kicking off the first of three contests played under the lights. Four towers (90-foot poles) containing 30 1500-watt metal Halide Fixtures light the playing field. The poles feature the Total Light Control (TLC) visors, which efficiently direct light onto the playing surface while reducing the off-site glare to surrounding areas.
The Varsity Turf has served as the host site for the NorPac Conference Championship on four different occasions (1999, 2002, 2007, 2010). The facility will once again serve as the official headquarters for the tournament in 2011, scheduled for Nov. 3-5.
In 2007, Stanford captured the NorPac Tournament crown with a 3-1 victory over California. Three days later, the Cardinal hosted a postseason contest for the first time in school history, blanking Lock Haven 1-0 in an NCAA Tournament Play-In game at the Varsity Turf. Stanford once again served as the host site for the conference tournament in 2010, outscoring its opponents 18-1 over a three-game stretch that concluded with a 3-0 shutout of California in the championship game.
In January of 2004, the facility hosted a pair of international field hockey series featuring the U.S. National Team in its preparation for 2004 Olympic qualifying matches. The Varsity Turf has also hosted the Sony Field Hockey Challenge, a two-day tournament bringing together a blend of collegiate and international competition, for three straight seasons.