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Delaware StadiumDelaware Stadium

Delaware Stadium was begun in 1952 on land that was originally part of the University's experimental farm, now the David M. Nelson Athletic Complex. The stadium was expanded in 1964 and 1970, and now seats over 22,000 people. In 2002, Delaware Stadium's playing field was named Tubby Raymond Field, in honor of the man who retired that year after a 36-year career as UD's head football coach and 300 college football victories. It is home to Blue Hen football, and spring Commencement ceremonies fill the stadium each May.

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David M. Nelson Athletic Complex

The University's athletic complex was named in honor of former athletic director, dean, and football coach David M. Nelson. The complex is home to much of UD's intercollegiate athletic program, including 11 men's and 12 women's teams. All teams compete in the Colonial Athletic Association, except the Blue Hen football team, which competes in the NCAA Division I-AA Atlantic 10 Football Conference.

Delaware Field HouseIn addition to the Bob Carpenter Center and Delaware Stadium, the complex includes a variety of other athletic facilities. Built in 1966, the 4,000-seat Delaware Field House contains training facilities and equipment, an indoor track, indoor tennis and volleyball courts, shower, laundry and athletic offices. It is used for varsity competition and practice for many sports.

Fred P. Rullo Stadium, a state-of-the-art, artificial turf stadium, was dedicated on Sept. 18, 1998. The stadium includes two practice fields, bleacher seating for 2,000, lighting for evening use, press box, and a multisport scoreboard. Used for women's field hockey and men's and women's lacrosse and soccer games, the stadium also provides practice space for many other sports and classes.

Athletic complexThe complex also includes the Delaware Mini-Stadium, Bob Hannah Stadium baseball diamond, softball field, soccer/lacrosse field, field hockey/lacrosse field, women's soccer field, tennis courts, and football practice fields.

The Fred Rust Ice Arena features an Olympic sized ice area, bleachers that seat 2,500 people, a VIP lounge, a snack bar, two media areas, a ballet room, a disc jockey booth, a pro shop called Hen Essentials, four locker rooms and a costume design room. The older Gold Ice Arena includes an NHL-sized indoor ice arena. Also in this complex is the sports science laboratory, which conducts research in many sports. UD is the only school in the nation to offer a major in ice skating science. The University's Olympic-sized Outdoor Pool is open during the summer to the University community and the public. It includes a 50-meter swimming area, tube slides and baby pool.

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