Brown Field has been home to the Valparaiso University football team since 1919, when the program was founded, and to the Crusader men's soccer program since 2009. With a seating capacity of 5,000, Brown Field is the perfect location to watch a football game on a Saturday afternoon.
The Crusader football team won its first game ever at Brown Field 26-0 against the Chicago YMCA on October 11, 1919.
Prior to the 2008 season, a new artificial surface was installed at Brown Field as part of numerous renovations under the fund-raising campaign known as FITT (Football, Intramurals, Track and Tennis). The first phase of the multimillion dollar project included the installation of the ProGrass, as well as moving the grandstands and adding handicap accessibility. Lights were added as well in 2010.
The ProGrass50 Blend is a blend that consists of 100% polyetheylene fibers, that are 50% mono-filament and 50% parallel silt, which are tufted into a woven primary backing. The secondary backing consists of an application of heat-activated urethane to permanently lock in fibers. The turf has the appearance of a natural grass field.
A new 37-foot high scoreboard was erected in the northeast corner of the stadium, and with it, a new video board for graphics. New play clocks and goalposts were also included in the renovations.
Future improvements to Brown Field include adding a competition track around the playing surface.
For the first 87 years of the Brown Field’s existence, the playing surface was natural grass. The stadium hosted its 400th home contest for the Crusaders during the 2008 campaign.
When the men’s soccer team was founded in 1983, Brown Field played host to a handful of games. The men’s soccer program adopted Brown Field as its permanent home pitch in 2009 following the installation of ProGrass. The women’s soccer team also utilizes Brown Field as an alternate home field as well.
Brown Field has played host to a number of postseason events. The Crusader football program most recently hosted the Pioneer Football League championship game in 2003 at home, while the 2011 Horizon League Men’s Soccer Championship was held there as well. Brown Field has also hosted early-round action in the Horizon League men’s and women’s soccer tournaments as well.
With the addition of the ProGrass, Brown Field can also serve as Valpo’s practice field. The Valparaiso University recreational sports department utilizes Brown Field as well, as do other varsity athletic teams for practices.