Breese Stevens Field to get Artificial Turf in 2014
Madison Parks will be installing artificial turf in Breese Stevens Field beginning early August 2014. The artificial turf benefits include lower maintenance costs, a longer sports season and few cancellations due to soggy conditions. See March 2014 article in Cap Times
Breese Stevens Renovations/Improvements
Breese Stevens Athletic Field, located on 917 E. Mifflin Street, is a historical landmark owned and operated by the City of Madison Parks Division. It's used primarily as a soccer facility where area high schools including East, LaFollette, West, Memorial and Edgewood High, and Edgewood College and the Madison 56ers soccer team have all played.
Over the years, the turf and premiere playing conditions at Breese Stevens have remained top-notch; however, the 1926 facility was showing its age.
In 2007, a phase of major renovations began in order to address several structural issues in the facility. Specifically, there was major concrete decking repair, replacement of the storm sewer system for better field and bleacher drainage, and accessibility improvements to get up to ADA code.
Developments continued in 2009 with the help of a $100,000 grant from the Dane County and Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) Sports Venue Development Fund. This helped pay for the addition of new referee locker rooms, the updating of existing locker rooms and wall repairs.