Rutgers University Women's Lacrosse
Marco Battaglia Practice Complex
The Marco Battaglia Practice Complex serves as the practice site for the football program. As part of the “R Big Ten Build” targeted campaign, the top-to-bottom renovation of the football practice field complex was completed in August of 2017.
"I am proud to unveil the best practice facility in professional or college football today," Director of Athletics Pat Hobbs said at the dedication ceremony. "From when I first started here after hiring Chris Ash, we realized that this was a project that needed to be done. Now thanks to the generosity of Jeff and Amy Towers and the hard work of many, this complex is not only complete, but unparalleled. It will greatly impact our program as we continue to build a championship contender in the Big Ten."
The upgraded practice facility features two new Kentucky Bluegrass fields equipped with a state-of-the-art drainage and irrigation system. A separate FieldTurf playing surface with CoolPlay technology was installed, providing the Scarlet Knights with an additional area for practice drills. The complex has been fitted with a high-powered Musco LED light system. Two permanent 54-foot film towers were constructed in the complex along with two new scoreboards, a new LED video board and six game clocks. A 5,000 square foot storage unit was installed along with new maintenance equipment and permanent restrooms.
In addition to the functional improvements, the practice complex also underwent several aesthetical changes, including a new brick entranceway and wall, fencing around the perimeter and redesigned landscaping throughout the facility.
The outside facade of the complex features plaques commemorating the program's six College Football Hall of Fame honorees – Paul Robeson, Alex Kroll, Harvey Harmon, Homer Hazel, George Little and George Foster Sanford – and lists each All-American who represented Rutgers football. The entrance also includes a monument of Battaglia, the namesake of the complex.
Battaglia finished his Rutgers career as one of the most decorated student-athletes in program history. A consensus All-American, Battaglia concluded his career ranked first in the RU record book amongst tight ends in reception yards (2,221), receptions (171), touchdowns (16) and 100-yard games (seven). As a senior captain in 1995, Battaglia was a unanimous first team All-American and led the nation's tight ends with 69 catches for 894 yards and 10 touchdowns en route to Big East Offensive Player of the Year accolades. The Queens, New York, native was selected in the second round (39th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he played from 1996 to 2001. Battaglia went on to enjoy an eight-year career in the NFL.
The Queens, New York, native was selected in the second round (39th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he played from 1996 to 2001. Battaglia went on to enjoy an eight-year career in the NFL.
High Point Solutions Stadium
Home of Rutgers Football and Lacrosse
Rutgers, the Birthplace of College Football, began playing at the "Old" Rutgers Stadium on November 5, 1938 in Piscataway. Rutgers Stadium was then built on the site of the "Old" Rutgers Stadium as the Scarlet Knights began play in their new 41,500-seat stadium in 1994. In 2009, Rutgers, the Birthplace of College Football, completed a 102-millon dollar expansion of High Point Solutions Stadium to increase the capacity to 52, 454.
Recent High Point Solutions Stadium upgrades and improvements include five new LED ribbon boards, additional men's bathrooms, a widened concourse along the North and West sides, new Homeland Security camera systems and a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS) that will enhance cellular service. In 2017 Rutgers athletics replaced the FieldTurf, installing a brand new playing surface for the upcoming season.
The stadium also features the Brown Recruiting Pavilion, a 250 person recruiting pavilion located in the heart of the Student section. This room is mainly dedicated to football recruiting efforts on gameday but also holds many special events per year with two drop down projector screens and an outdoor patio.
The Audi Club is a premium suite seating space in the upper deck of the stadium. It features a 1,000 seat VIP club with two full bars and full service buffet for gamedays
Rutgers men's and women's lacrosse teams also play at the venue. The teams have competed in home games at the stadium since 2013.
The Hale Center is the home of the Rutgers Football program. Along with the High Point Solutions Stadium adjacent to it, this facility houses some of the most advanced sports and training facilities in the country.
The Hale Center features a brand new, state-of-the-art weight room, the recently renovated Ron and Joanna Garutti Strength and Conditioning Center. The facilities includes an interactive lobby entrance, spacious meeting rooms, a player lounge, and an in-house academic support center.