Klöckner Stadium was unveiled on August 30, 1992, when 6,142
sun-drenched fans gathered for a dedication exhibition match between
Santa Clara and Virginia. The rematch between the two finalists from
the 1991 NCAA championship game was a fitting matchup to officially
dedicate a facility where UVa would prove virtually unbeatable in the
In what would become a season-long trait, UVa scored on a rebound
when Ben Crawley headed in Damian Silvera's deflected shot in the
62nd minute for the historic first goal at the new field as UVa
defeated Santa Clara 1-0 to start its march towards a second
consecutive NCAA championship.
Built at a cost of $3.4 million, Klöckner Stadium was made possible
through the generosity of the Klöckner Group donating $1.2 million
to the construction the stadium. Klöckner, with headquarters in
Germany, is an established and well-known industrial conglomerate
specializing in steel, machinery, equipment and packaging materials.
Its subsidiary, Klöckner-Pentaplast, is one of the nation's leading
plastic film manufacturers. Klöckner operates numerous manufacturing
plants throughout the United States, including one in Gordonsville,
Va., outside Charlottesville.
"We're thrilled to play a part in the success of the University of
Virginia soccer program," said Harry J.G. van Beek, Klöckner Capital
Corporation President. "As a profitable company, we strongly believe
in giving back to the community. World-class teams such as UVa
deserve world-class stadiums. On behalf of all the Klöckner
companies in the United States, we are thrilled to be a part of
championship soccer at UVa."
The $1.2 million gift from Klöckner went toward completion of the
first phase of the Klöckner Stadium project. The project's first
phase included permanent seating in the grandstand for 3,600 (with
additional hillside seating for approximately 3,500 people), a
regulation-size natural grass field, a full-size practice field
adjacent to the stadium, team locker rooms, a press box, an indoor
VIP box, scoreboard, concession stands and rest rooms.
The second phase of the stadium project, the installation of a
lighting system, was completed during the summer of 1995. The
Klöckner Group renewed its commitment to the University as the
largest donor to this project. The lighting system provides lighting
on the playing field as well as on the walkways leading to the
stadium from surrounding streets and parking lots.
UVa played its first night game at Klöckner Stadium on September 13,
1995, against Virginia Tech as 3,358 fans braved a threatening
thunderstorm to attend the historic game. Despite a 30-minute
first-half rain delay, many fans remained to cheer the Cavaliers on
to a 7-1 victory.
In addition to serving as the home of the Cavaliers, Klöckner
Stadium allows the University of Virginia to sponsor coaching
clinics, state cup and high school championships, conference,
regional and national intercollegiate contests and tournaments. It
also plays host to Virginia's women's soccer, the UVa men's and
women's lacrosse teams, United States Soccer Federation events and
national team Olympic qualifiers. Klöckner Stadium has also been
used as a training site for the D.C. United team of Major League
Soccer and as the site for the Spring Game for the UVa football team.