Goodman Stadium

Goodman Stadium is Lehigh University's 16,000-seat stadium located on its Goodman Campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It opened in 1988, replacing Taylor Stadium, which stood in the main academic campus from 1914 until 1987. The former Taylor Stadium site now holds the Rauch Business Center, the Zoellner Arts Center, and a parking garage.

Murray H. Goodman Stadium
LocationGoodman Campus, Lehigh University, Saucon Valley, PA
OwnerLehigh University
OperatorLehigh University
Capacity16,000 (1989–present)
14,000 (1988)
Broke ground1987
OpenedOctober 1, 1988
Construction cost$5.25 million
($11.1 million in 2018 dollars[1])
ArchitectSpillman Farmer Architects
General contractorAlvin H. Butz Inc.[2]
Lehigh Mountain Hawks (NCAA) (1988–present)
Bethlehem Steel FC (USL) (2016–2018)

The Murray H. Goodman Stadium is named after real estate developer Murray H. Goodman, a Lehigh alumnus, who donated 550 acres in Saucon Valley in 1983 to build a sports complex.[3][4]

The stadium is the home of the Lehigh Mountain Hawks football team, who compete in the Patriot League at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (or FCS) level, formerly known as I-AA.[5] Located in a rural valley surrounded by wooded hills, its ample nearby parking makes tailgating before games very popular. Concession stands protected from the weather and large indoor restrooms are provided on both sides of the stadium. It also features a two-tiered press box/skybox overlooking the west grandstand, limited chair back seating and locker rooms for home and visiting teams. Prior to the 2019 football season, a new press box was constructed behind the east grandstand and the previous media facility was converted into additional suites.[6]

In 2011, Goodman Stadium hosted the 147th playing of the Lehigh-Lafayette rivalry. The Rivalry is both college football's most-played and longest uninterrupted series. Lehigh won the game 37-13, bringing the overall record to Lafayette 76 games to Lehigh 66.

The Goodman Campus was the preseason training camp location for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles from 1996-2012.[7] Eagles' training camps often draw as many as 10,000 fans, ranking at the top of NFL training camp attendance. The Eagles' twice-daily practices were held from mid-July to mid-August.

Starting in 2016, Goodman Stadium hosts the home matches of Bethlehem Steel FC, the official affiliate of Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union.[8] Lack of lights resulted in the Steel moving its home matches to Talen Energy Stadium after the 2018 season.[9] It hosted one United States men's national soccer team match, a 0-1 loss to Ukraine on October 23, 1993.

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  2. Assad, Matt (June 9, 1995). "Builder Picked For Ballyard Butz Of Allentown Gets Nod". The Morning Call. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  3. "Lehigh - Murray H. Goodman".
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-04-14. Retrieved 2017-08-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. "Venues - Goodman Stadium". Lehigh University.
  6. "Goodman Stadium receives upgrades for 2019 season," Lehigh University Athletics, Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Retrieved August 28, 2019
  7. "Eagles move training camp from Lehigh". 25 March 2015.
  8. "Philadelphia Union Announce 2016 USL Expansion Team". Retrieved 2015-08-19.
  9. "Bethlehem Steel FC leaving the Lehigh Valley," The Morning Call (Allentown, PA), Monday, November 12, 2018. Retrieved August 28, 2019

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