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Eastgate Field has been home to Valparaiso soccer since 1983, when the men's program was founded.
During the early years of the program, the Crusaders played their home matches at both Eastgate and Brown Field on the university's campus, while also playing on the baseball field for several matches. By the early 1990s, Valpo moved all of its home contests to Eastgate Field.
In 1993, when the Valpo women's program was founded, the Crusader men’s and women’s programs began to share the facility. Eastgate now serves solely as the primary home field for the women’s soccer team.
Many renovations have taken place over the last decade at the complex. In 1999, a new scoreboard was added at Eastgate. More additions took place prior to the 2001 season as a new set of bleachers was added to the complex, giving the field a seating capacity of 500. In addition, a fully-enclosed press box was added at the top of the bleachers, featuring an area for television and radio broadcasts to originate from Eastgate Field. The roof of the press box is covered, serving as a camera deck.
In addition to the press facility upgrades, a concession stand was also added behind the bleachers. All of the renovations in 2001 were made possible by a generous gift to the school. Most recently, new team shelters were built on the east side of the field prior to the 2007 campaign, resulting in unobstructed sight lines for spectators.
Eastgate Field has played host to a pair of Mid-Continent Conference Men’s Soccer Tournaments (1997, 1998). Most recently, the Crusader women’s soccer team has hosted early-round action of the Horizon League Championship at Eastgate Field in three of the last five years (2008, 2011, 2012).