The field hockey team christened Trager Stadium on Sept. 22, 2000, with a 3-2 win over Mid-American Conference rival Ohio University. Located in Cardinal Park, the artificial turf surface field is one of the few NCAA Division I venues dedicated solely to field hockey. Because of its state-of-the-art features, Trager Stadium has been selected as the host site for several events from conference championships to NCAA championships.
The University of Louisville is proud to announce that Trager Stadium will be the home of the 2011 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship - marking the fourth time in 10 seasons that the facility has helped crown a Division I national champion. Trager Stadium served as the host site for the 2008 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship as well as in 2002, the first national championship that the University of Louisville hosted since the 1969 NCAA men's Basketball Final Four was held at Freedom Hall, and 2005. In 2010, Trager Stadium was the site of the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship.
During the summer of 2011, a brand new AstroTurf® 12 synthetic turf system was installed. The state-of-the-art turf is engineered with a premium knitted nylon system designed to provide uniform traction and consistent footing. It will improve playability, while absorbing water to maintain wet conditions longer.
In August, 2008, Trager Stadium underwent an expansion to include the Trager Field Hockey Complex and the Marshall Center. The entire project encompasses 14,350 square feet and includes a 1,500 seat aluminum bleacher system, concession stand and public restrooms.
The Trager Field Hockey Complex houses offices for the field hockey coaches and staff, locker rooms for home and visiting teams as well as storage and mechanical space. A new watering system and high-tech video board also were installed.
The Marshall Center serves as the strength and conditioning facility for all of Cardinal Athletics' Olympic Sports. The first floor is home to a 7,000 square-foot weight and strength training area, while the second floor of the facility contains over 1,000 square feet dedicated to cardio training.
In preparation for the 2002 NCAA championship, bleachers and seating area surrounding the field were brought in to accommodate up to 2,500 fans. A climate-controlled press box was completed prior to the event, which brought in several local and national media representatives.