Sweeney Field

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Sweeney Field has been home to 10 different varsity squads at Saint Joseph's University in over 80 years of use. Opened in 1929 as home to the SJU football squad, the field has undergone numerous changes over the years and has been home to over 1,000 SJU varsity games, matches and track meets. Sweeney Field is the current home of the men's and women's soccer teams and the men's and women's lacrosse teams. 

The field has undergone many upgrades over the years, but the most recent was completed in the summer of 2008. The AstroTurf, that was laid down in 2001, was replaced with new, state-of-the-art TigerTurf. Additionally, the track received a new coat of rubber material to better suit the athletes who use it for all seasons.

Baseball re-occupied the space in 1947, calling Sweeney home until 1959. In 1960, the original grandstand as well was the hillside seating near Overbrook Avenue were eliminated as Villiger (now Post) Hall and the Bluett Theatre were built. In the process of the 1960 construction, the field's elevation was raised five feet to its current location.

The Saint Joseph's men's soccer program was started in 1958 and played every season but one (1960) at Sweeney. 

In 1990, artificial turf replaced the grass, making Sweeney a truly multi-purpose facility. In 1994 the installation of lights furthered the use of the grounds, while new bleachers in 2003 on the hill next to Mandeville Hall were another touch of renovation to a historic stadium.

The field hockey team played on Sweeney Field until 2007 and now practices and hosts games on the new Ellen Ryan Field on the Maguire Campus. 

DIRECTIONS TO FINNESEY FIELD

From the North: N.J. Turnpike to Exit 6 (Pa. Turnpike connector). Follow PA Turnpike to Exit 20 (Rt. 476). Follow 476 South to Rt. 76 East, towards Philadelphia. Follow Rt. 76 East to Exit 339 (Rt. 1 South, City Avenue). Turn left on 54th Street and turn right into parking lot. Fieldhouse is on the left.

From the East: Take either the Ben Franklin Bridge (via Rt. 676) or the Walt Whitman Bridge: Follow Rt. 76 West to Exit 339 (Rt. 1 South, City Avenue). Turn left on 54th Street and then right into parking lot. Fieldhouse is on the left.

From the South: I-95 North to 476 North. Follow 476 North to Exit 5 (Rt. 1). Follow Rt. 1 North to SJU, approximately 10 miles. Turn right on 54th Street and turn right into parking lot. Fieldhouse is on the left.

From the West: Pa. Turnpike to Exit 326 (Valley Forge). Follow Rt. 76 East, towards Philadelphia, to Exit 339 (Rt. 1 South, City Avenue). Turn left on 54th Street and turn right into parking lot. Fieldhouse on the left.

From the Airport: I-95 North to Rt. 76 West. Follow Rt. 76 West to Exit 339 (Rt. 1 South, City Avenue). Turn left on 54th Street and turn right into parking lot. Fieldhouse is on the left.