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When people speak of the top multi-sport facilities in the South and in the nation, Duke's Koskinen Stadium comes to mind. In a relatively short period, the cozy stadium has emerged as one of the finest soccer and lacrosse complexes in the country.
Koskinen Stadium, named and dedicated in 1999 through the support of John and Patricia Koskinen, is situated ideally on Duke University's West Campus. It sits adjacent to the William David Murray Building and near both Wallace Wade Stadium and Cameron Indoor Stadium. This location -- in the heart of Duke's athletic complex -- allows easy access for Duke fans both on campus and throughout the local community.
From a spectator's standpoint, there's not a bad seat in the house as th e aluminum bleachers flank each sideline to allow for 4,500 fans with standing room only areas pushing the capacity to approximately 7,000. The Bermuda grass playing surface is 75 yards by 120 yards with an underground irrigation system that keeps it in top condition year round, while lights, added in 1984, have afforded the Blue Devils scheduling flexibility.
Located on the stadium's West side, the press box provides ample room in the divided press area for writers, as well as having adequate space for radio and television crews. Home Team Sports, Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Sports Net as well as other television affiliates have reached a nationwide audience with its cover age of ACC Tournament action from Koskinen Stadium's comfortable vantage.
Renovations continue to improve the facility. Work was completed in 2005 on a field house which features two locker rooms and a viewing deck. In addition, permanent concession stands and restrooms have been added to the comfort of Duke fans. Duke Brick around the bleachers, along with stadium fencing, also now enhance Koskinen Stadium.
The facility continues to be the site of numerous prime events, including the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Tournament in 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1995. The 1989 ACC Women's Soccer Tournament called Koskinen Stadium home as did the 1992 and 2000 tournaments. Duke was also the host of the ACC Men's and Women's Lacrosse Tournaments in 2002 and the Men's Lacrosse Tournament in 2007.
The stadium also serves as the site of one of the South's premier soccer tournaments in the "Duke/adidas Soccer Classic", which draws outstanding crowds to watch the nation's top collegiate teams in early-season action.
In 1987, Duke was the soccer competition site for the United States Olympic Festival with the gold medal game playing host to a standing room only crowd of almost 7,000 spectators.
The soccer and lacrosse teams enjoy the use of their own locker rooms and meeting rooms. Each player has a locker with storage areas for extra equipment at each space.