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Tina Sung

Email: topdoglacrossellc@gmail.com
Phone: 803-487-7325

FACILITIES

THOMPSON FIELD




Completed in the fall of 2003, the Sandra D. Thompson Field is located in the heart of the athletics complex on the school’s beautiful campus in Blacksburg. The stadium serves as the home of the Tech lacrosse team in the spring and the men's and women's soccer teams in the fall. In 2008, the facility was dedicated in the name of Thompson, a longtime supporter of women’s athletics at Virginia Tech.

Tech’s lacrosse program is establishing itself as a difficult opponent to play at Thompson Field. In 2011, the Hokies went 5-3 at home, a mark that included an upset win over then-No. 16 Boston College. In 2012, Tech went 7-2 at home – the most home wins for the Hokies’ lacrosse program since the school made it a varsity sport in 1995. The 2011 and 2012 campaigns marked the ninth and 10th times that the Hokies have enjoyed winning seasons at home.

The field at Thompson Field features a bluegrass playing surface and measures approximately 75 by 120 yards. It is equipped with an underground irrigation system and a drainage system that allows for the field to be ready for play quickly following rainstorms. The complex also features a wireless scoreboard, and a permanent Hubbell lighting system allows for night games.

The athletics department has made improvements gradually since the venue opened in 2003. In 2005, workers completed a new restroom facility for the field, and during the summer of 2008, a new game operations center was erected atop the stadium above the stands. The approximately 900-square foot facility includes two broadcast booths, two covered areas available for broadcasting and/or videographers’ cameras, and a large working area for media covering the Hokies.

The climate-controlled facility also contains a state-of-the-art sound system and Ethernet capability. The Internet-ready facility allows Tech’s official athletics website, hokiesports.com, to originate live audio broadcasts and live stats of the Hokies’ matches from the press box. Above the grandstand is a wired camera deck, which is accessible to all media.

Between each team’s bench area is the Sandy D. Thompson Press Box. Formerly the press operations center for the field, the facility is now used as a halftime room for game officials and as an auxiliary area for press and game operations.

Thompson Field, which has been expanded since it was opened, now features approximately 2,028 bench-back seats, where each fan has an unobstructed view of the playing surface. Spacious area around the field allows for nearly 1,500 more fans to watch games.

Adjacent to Thompson Field are two practice fields that allow the Tech lacrosse team to train while reducing the wear and tear on the playing field. One of these practice fields is artificial turf, which allows for practicing during inclement weather and also preparing for road matches that are played on artificial turf.

The improvements over the years, the enthusiasm of the fan base and the play on the field make Thompson Field one of the best venues in the ACC to watch lacrosse.

Directions to Thompson Field

867 Washington Street, SW
Blacksburg, Va. 24061
  • From the north or east

    Take Interstate 81 south to exit 118B, following US 460 west to Blacksburg.

  • From the south

    Take Interstate 81 north to exit 118B, following US 460 west to Blacksburg.

  • From West Virginia

    Take Interstate 77 south (West Virginia Turnpike) to exit 9. Exit and turn left onto 460 east. Follow 460 east to Blacksburg.

  • Once in Blacksburg

    Use the 460 bypass around the downtown area. Follow 460 bypass to the signal at Southgate Drive (Va. 314). Turn into campus, and proceed three-quarters of a mile on Southgate Drive. Turn left onto Beamer Way (formerly Spring Road), just before Lane Stadium. Thompson Field will then be on the left.

INDOOR PRACTICE FACILITY




Virginia Tech’s indoor practice facility fits in perfectly with the other buildings on the university’s sprawling campus – from its color to its design features to its architectural touches. The facility was built by Hokies, for Hokies and paid for by Hokies.

The facility, built by W.M. Jordan Company – a company whose CEO is John Lawson, a 1975 graduate of Tech – cost $21.3 million and was finished in the summer of 2015. It possesses all the features befitting of a nationally ranked football program, while also being flexible enough to help certain Olympic sports.

Tech’s facility is 210 feet wide and 400 feet long, with an artificial surface installed by Shaw Sports Turf. The synthetic turf is fast, firm and dense. The company boasts the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens as one of its clients, having installed the surface at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens’ home.

The height from the playing surface to the bottom of the steel ceiling trusses is more than 86 feet at its apex, thus allowing plenty of room for punting and kicking. Its’ eight-foot padded walls, wide sidelines, full scoreboard and 40-second clocks on each end allow the football program to hold a full-contact scrimmage.

In addition, the facility features garage-type doors, which open quickly and allow the players to move rapidly from the outdoor practice field into the indoor facility in the event of inclement weather. Tech’s staff, though, uses the facility more than just when the weather turns ugly.

The facility also features a video platform that runs the entire length of the field. Three doors at separate locations lead out to observation decks to allow the video staff to film the portions of practice being held outdoors. The head coach also has his own observation deck in the facility, with a door that leads to a deck outside for the observation of the outdoor portion of a practice.

A graphics package, installed by Forty Nine Degrees, adorns the walls inside of the building and on banners along the back side of the facility. This package includes photos of great players and great moments in Tech history, including those from both football and from various Olympic sports.

The athletics department oversaw the installation of a new practice field as part of this project, with workers tearing up the bluegrass field and installing a cold-resistant Bermuda grass strain. A new sprinkler system was added, too.

W.M. Jordan handled most of the construction responsibilities for the facility, but HKS Architects designed the facility, and the architectural and design features of the building definitely give it a Virginia Tech feel. It possesses maroon trim and Hokie stone on the bases of each support column. The archway entrance resembles that at Lane Stadium.

Plus, the university’s core values – brotherhood, honor, leadership, sacrifice, service, loyalty, duty and Ut Prosim – have been etched along the bases of the columns. Architects borrowed this feature from the pylons above War Memorial Chapel along Tech’s Drillfield.

The number of teams and student-athletes that will benefit from the massive structure are almost as numerous as the many unique features of this addition to the Tech campus. The athletics department envisions men’s and women’s soccer, softball, baseball and lacrosse all using the building for training and conditioning purposes, particularly during inclement weather in late winter and early spring.

Directions to Thompson Field

530 Callagan-Sheridan Way
Blacksburg, Va. 24061
  • From the north or east

    Take Interstate 81 south to exit 118B, following US 460 west to Blacksburg.

  • From the south

    Take Interstate 81 north to exit 118B, following US 460 west to Blacksburg.

  • From West Virginia

    Take Interstate 77 south (West Virginia Turnpike) to exit 9. Exit and turn left onto 460 east. Follow 460 east to Blacksburg.

  • Once in Blacksburg

    Use the 460 bypass around the downtown area. Follow 460 to the signal at Southgate Drive (Va. 314). Turn right onto campus. Take the second left onto Beamer Way (formerly Spring Road), the Indoor Practice Facility will be on your left.

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This sports camp is owned, controlled and operated by John Sung, the head lacrosse coach at Virginia Tech. The word “Hokie(s)”, or any other reference to Virginia Tech are by permission of the University, and do not indicate, express or imply in any fashion involvement of the University in the operation or control of the camp, whose sole operator is John Sung.

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