Brown Field the permanent home to the Valparaiso University Women's soccer team in 2013 after playing several out of league matches starting in 2008, With a seating capacity of 5,000, Brown Field is the perfect location to watch a soccer match on a Friday or Saturday night.
The Crusader Women's Soccer team won the first ever match at Brown Field 2-0 against IUPUI on Friday, September 5, 2008. The Women's team is 30-8-8 on Brown Field making it one of the toughest places to win in the country.
Prior to the 2008 season, a new artificial surface was installed at Brown Field as part of numerous renovations under the fund-raising campaign known as FITT (Football, Intramurals, Track and Tennis). The first phase of the multimillion dollar project included the installation of the ProGrass, as well as moving the grandstands and adding handicap accessibility.
The ProGrass50 Blend is a blend that consists of 100% polyetheylene fibers, that are 50% mono-filament and 50% parallel silt, which are tufted into a woven primary backing. The secondary backing consists of an application of heat-activated urethane to permanently lock in fibers. The turf has the appearance of a natural grass field.
A new 37-foot high scoreboard was erected in the northeast corner of the stadium, and with it, a new video board for graphics.
For the first 87 years of the Brown Field’s existence, the playing surface was natural grass. The stadium hosted its 400th home contest for the Crusaders during the 2008 campaign.
Brown Field has played host to a number of postseason events. The Crusader Women's Soccer team won the Horizon League Tournament Championship in 2014 hosted at Brown Field while the 2011 Horizon League Men’s Soccer Championship was held there as well. Brown Field has also hosted early-round action in the Horizon League men’s and women’s soccer tournaments with the Women's team being undefeated on Brown Field in Tournament play.
With the addition of the ProGrass, Brown Field can also serve as Valpo’s practice field. The Valparaiso University recreational sports department utilizes Brown Field as well, as do other varsity athletic teams for practices.