On July 1, 1863, two massive armies met in an epic confrontation just north of the small town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Today, that area has developed into a new battleground for intercollegiate competition for the athletic teams of Gettysburg College.
At the center of Gettysburg College’s northern outdoor athletic facilities is Clark Field, which has quickly become one of the top venues in the nation. Made possible through generous gifts by former Bullets soccer goalkeeper John ’52 and Mary Clark, the complex features state-of-the-art FieldTurf® artificial surface and light towers, which enables varsity athletes to train and compete nearly year round day and night. Recently, a fully operational press box and improved sound system were added.
The back drop for Clark Field is unlike any other venue in the nation. Erected in 1938 in a ceremony attended by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, The Eternal Light Peace Memorial sits atop nearby Oak Hill, its flame continuously waving in remembrance of the brave soldiers who gave their lives nearly 150 years ago.
The “Battlefield Advantage” has translated into success on an unprecedented scale in the Centennial Conference for Gettysburg College athletic teams. The Bullets have claimed 101 Centennial team championships. Clark Field itself has seen championships won by Gettysburg College teams in men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, and women’s soccer. The site has also hosted regional and national championship events, including in 2004 when the women’s soccer team hosted a NCAA Division III Tournament contest just months after the field officially opened. The NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Regional Championships have been hosted at Clark Field four times since 2005.
On May 24-25, 2014, Clark Field hosted the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship. This is the second time the venue has played host to a national championship. In 2010, Clark Field hosted the NCAA Division II & III Women's Lacrosse Championships