Walter J. Zable Stadium at Cary Field
Home to William & Mary’s football and track & field programs, venerable Zable Stadium recently underwent a tremendous transformation with the completion of a $28 million renovation that was completed in August 2016.
Made possible because of a $10 million gift in from the estate of the late Walter J. Zable ’37, LL.D. ’78 and two $6 million gifts, one from Hunter J. Smith ’51 and the other from James W. ‘62, J.D. ‘64, LL.D. ‘00 and Frances G. McGlothlin ’66, the renovated stadium, which combined with the $11 million Jimmye Laycock Football Center, gives W&M some of the finest football facilities at the FCS level.
Highlighting the many upgrades and improvements are a new upper deck, suites and a fully equipped state-of-the-art press box. The overall design features Flemish bond brickwork, slate roofs and gables creating aesthetic continuity with the west and north ends of campus.
The renovation also included the addition of a new playing surface - FieldTurf Revolution 360. The state-of-the-art playing surface is completely fiber and features optimal durability, resilience and feel. Revolution 360 was subjected to Penn State University’s Sports Surface Research Center’s aggressive 150,000 cycle Lisport Wear Testing and received a perfect 10 - 10 “good”, NO “hair-splitting”, NO “fractured”, NO “complete splitting” - a result that has yet to be matched by competing turf fibers.