Sitting on the banks of the Charles River right on the edge of Cambridge, Mass., Harvard Stadium was built in 1903 and is the nation’s oldest stadium. Harvard Stadium is a horseshoe containing architectural elements of a Greek stadium and Roman circus and is considered an engineering marvel, as it was the world’s first massive reinforced concrete structure and the first large permanent arena for American college athletics. With a seating capacity of 30,323, Harvard Stadium is praised for its outstanding sightlines for fans. Harvard Stadium once accommodated as many as 57,166 spectators when steel stands were built in the north end zone. Those stands were removed in 1951.
Home to the historic Harvard University football team, Harvard Stadium also plays host to a variety of teams and has hosted major events throughout the years. Track and field, rugby, lacrosse, soccer, professional football, and even ice hockey have also been played at Harvard Stadium, which is also home to the Crimson men’s and women’s lacrosse programs. The then-American Football League Boston Patriots called Harvard Stadium home for two years from 1970-71. The Stadium also hosted Olympic soccer competition in the summer of 1984 (Cameroon, Canada, Chile, France, Iraq, Norway, and Qatar all competed), and was the site for the university’s 350th anniversary celebration in 1986. The U.S. track and field Olympic trials were held here in 1916 and 1920.
The Boston Breakers played at Harvard Stadium from 2009 through 2011 in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS).