Foreman Field 1936

A. H. Foreman

A. H. Foreman

The athletic facility was designated "Foreman Field," named for A. H. Foreman, who was a member of the College of William and Mary's Board of Visitors and the Chairman of the Norfolk School Board. Foreman was an early advocate for the Norfolk Division, and was one of the people most responsible for acquiring the needed funds to build the stadium.

From the late 1930s through the 1970s, Foreman Field played host to a number of sports offered by the college, including track and field, baseball, football, soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey. Football was dropped in 1941, and track and field was dropped in 1982.

Although Foreman Field has been around since the 1930s, it has had its detractors over the years, especially after the football program was eliminated in the early 1940s.

President James L. Bugg, Jr.

ODU President, James L. Bugg, Jr(1969-1976)

Bugg, interviewed in July 1998 by Julie Hale, recalls that during his administration,

"I suggested we pull down the stadium. I got into trouble for that."

In the 1970s and 1980s, Foreman Field was also used by Norfolk State University for its football games and was host to the annual Oyster Bowl, sponsored by the Shriners.

Foreman's Green Playing Field

Foreman Field, 1980s

In 1979, the State Council of Higher Education approved an expenditure of funds for the expansion of Old Dominion University's athletic facilities, which included a new artificial turf for Foreman Field. In the 1980s and 1990s, baseball and soccer teams moved from Foreman Field into their own stadiums. The baseball stadium was completed in 1983 and the soccer stadium was completed in 1990.

The stadium was renovated and enhanced for the football program in 2009.