Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium was totally renovated over a four-year time period (2002-05) and transformed into a state-of-the-art multi-use facility hosting Navy football and men’s and women’s lacrosse as well as a myriad of other local, regional, national and international events. The $42M project was privately funded by the Naval Academy Foundation and the Naval Academy Athletic Association (NAAA). Whiting- Turner Contracting Co. of Baltimore, Md. served as the general contractor and both 360 Architecture of Kansas City, Kan. and Alt, Breeding, Schwarz of Annapolis, Md. directed the design.
New components include two state-of-the-art video scoreboards, chair back seating, ADA seating platforms and access ramps, concession stands, end zone seating, luxury suites, and additional sideline seating created by lowering the playing field to give the stadium a more intimate look and feel.
In 2004, a 12,000 sq. ft. banquet facility was constructed to host class reunion dinners and other Naval Academy functions.
The first floor Admiral William Lawrence N-Room houses plaques listing the names of all USNA varsity letterwinners and can seat 600 for a banquet or formal dinner.
The second floor is the home of the Bilderback-Moore Navy Lacrosse Hall of Fame. The James H.H. Carrington Room is part of the Hall of Champions that displays lacrosse photos, trophies, memorabilia and a multimedia presentation representing the proud tradition of Navy lacrosse.
The banquet rooms are serviced by a full kitchen and bar areas with a fully-integrated audio and video system that features ten large screen televisions and the ability to give business presentations on both levels of the banquet facility.
The banquet facility is just one of many hospitality areas located in the stadium complex. Ten sideline suites are located on the lower east side of the stadium and eight in the south end zone. Large party tents are utilized with great views of the field in the southeast and southwest corners of the facility. Class reunions are frequently held in Class Ring North, located behind the battle arches in the north end, offering alumni an in- stadium tailgating opportunity.
A renovated press tower was completed prior to the 2004 season.
The fourth level, named the Flag Bridge, was erected under the old press area in the seating bowl. It has 71 permanent seats in front of additional stools, tables and chairs which allows for flexibility in hosting game day viewing or special events on non- game days.
The fifth level is dedicated to the writing press, radio booths, coaches’ booths, scoreboard, public address and operations areas and the six level holds six suites.
In 2005, the lower concourse restrooms were expanded and the concourse was totally resurfaced. A major change to the stadium came with the installation of a new synthetic field surface, FieldTurf, which allows the stadium to be used 365 days a year.
In the summer of 2010, four luxury boxes, a television booth and camera locations were constructed on the Upper East Side. The relocation of the television production will allow CBS Sports Network to better capture the Navy sideline and Brigade of Midshipmen. In order to enhance the Stadium’s ADA capabilities, two new elevators make stops at the lower portion of the upper deck to allow for fans to access their seats via a pedestrian bridge.
In the summer of 2011, a new playing surface was installed at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The monoblade monofilament turf system was installed by FieldTurf making Navy the first FBS program with this type of field and one of only two in the country (Appalachian State is also installing it).
In the summer of 2013 two new state-of-the-art high-definition video boards were installed, two enclosed recruiting reception areas were completed in the south end zone and the home team locker room was completely refurbished.
The multi-purpose nature of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium has allowed it to play host to three NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals, the 2005 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship, the 2005 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup, the 2013 First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, Major League Lacrosse games and the Land the Good Samaritan High School All-Star Football game, as well as numerous high school, professional and local youth events. The stadium is the new home of the Military Bowl® starting in 2013 and the annual site of a defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens’ practice.
The memorial aspects of the original structure were preserved and enhanced during the renovations. More than 8,000 chair back memorial plates were removed, refurbished and reinstalled in the new seats. Hundreds of memorial plaques received the same treatment and are featured on the Memorial Plaque Wall in the North Memorial Plaza. Battle arches and class arches have been constructed to tell the illustrious story of the Naval Services. Each combination of battle arches contains a history lesson on the left arch and a description of the particular battle on the right. Each and every battle fought by either the Navy or Marine Corps is depicted through the use of color-coded battle streamers allowing visitors to chronologically view the story of the brave men and women who we honor for their service to our country.
The stadium was rededicated on Oct. 8, 2005 before Navy’s annual battle with Air Force. The Mids won the game, 27-24.
The dedication plaque for Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium reads as follows:
“This Stadium is dedicated to those who have served and will serve as upholders of the traditions and renown of the Navy and Marine Corps of the United States. May it be a perpetual reminder that the Navy and Marine Corps are organizations of men trained to live nobly and serve courageously in peace, champions of our integrity; in war, defenders of our freedom.”