Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium
Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium is a 17,000-seat multi-purpose stadium in Hadley, Massachusetts on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Home to the UMass Minutemen football team and the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band, the stadium is named for Warren P. McGuirk, who was the UMass Athletic Director from 1948 to 1971. The stadium hosted its first game on September 25, 1965, with UMass beating American International College, 41-0. The stadium was officially dedicated on October 16, 1965, when UMass defeated University of Rhode Island 30-7 in a Homecoming contest. The most recent sellout at the stadium was on December 2, 2006 with UMass defeating New Hampshire, 24-17. The stadium is also the site of UMass Amherst graduation ceremonies, and hosted the 1987 NCAA women’s soccer championship. As recently as June of 2007, UMass has considered making a move to the Bowl Subdivision which would likely require that they either expand McGuirk Stadium's seating capacity or build a new facility. The plaza on the east side of the stadium behind the ticket gates, MinuteFan Park, hosts food and souvenir vendors and other exhibitors on game days. An Amherst resident fell from McGuirk Alumni Stadium on Friday April 10, 2009 in what police believe was a suicide. A Field Turf playing surface was installed in McGuirk Stadium for the 2006 football season. Lights were installed in the stadium for the 2008 football season, permitting UMass to play night games at home on a regular basis. The first game played under the permanent lights was the season opener on August 30, 2008, with UMass beating Albany 28-16. A video scoreboard is expected to be installed in time for the October 17, 2009 homecoming game against New Hampshire.