Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard

Built in 1989, Scotland Yard is home to both the men’s and women’s soccer programs at Covenant. The field, located in the southern part of the campus just past Ashe Activity Center, is of maximum regulation dimensions (118 yards by 70 yards). Scotland Yard boasts cement bleachers, along with two newer sets of metal stands, and a retaining wall which provides additional fan seating.

Across from the north-side bleachers, are the team and press areas on the south side of the field. Both teams sit in covered bench areas. During the summer of 2008, the field was completely overhauled by installing a drainage system and sprinkler system. Also a crowning of the field was performed and a sand base was put in place for better drainage. Lights were installed for the first time before the 2010 season.

The inaugural match held at Scotland Yard pitted Covenant against Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) on September 2, 1989. The Scots came out with a 1-0 victory over the Metros on that day and would finish the opening season at Scotland Yard with a 7-1-1 home record.

The field has seen some historical matches as well. Former men's soccer head coach Brian Crossman, an NAIA hall of famer, registered his 300th career victory at Scotland Yard during the 2004 season. Current women's soccer head coach Mark Duble recorded his 200th coaching win in 2012 at the Yard. Scotland Yard has played host to numerous conference tournament and regional tournament matches in its 24 years of existence.

The men's soccer team averaged 503 fans per home match in the 2013 season. In 2012, Covenant ranked 15th in all of NCAA Division III men's soccer in attendance averaging 437 fans per match, including a season-high 1,300 for the Homecoming contest.

FACTS:

Opened: 1989
Seating Capacity: 600, with additional berm seating
Playing Dimensions: 118 yards by 70 yards
Largest Men's Soccer Crowd (since 2010): 1,426 - Oct 4, 2014 vs. LaGrange
Largest Women's Soccer Crowd (since 2010): 725 - Sept. 30, 2010 vs. Bryan

ADMISSIONS POLICY:

While there is no charge for admission to regular season games, there may be a charge for postseason events and tournaments. No free admission or season passes can be used for USA South Athletic Conference championship or tournament events. No tobacco, alcohol or animals are allowed at any athletic events held at Covenant College. Additionally, the use of drones or any other unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is strictly prohibited.