About EWU Athletics

(Formerly Woodward Field)
Cheney, Washington • 1967 • 8,600 • Red Synthetic Turf (2010)
Roos Seating Map

Back when Woodward Field was first named in 1937, synthetic turf was still some 30 years away from existence -- and 73 years from being produced in red.

With the completed installation of red synthetic turf in September of 2010, that included a $500,000 contribution made by Michael and Katherine Roos, Eastern Washington University’s football field in Cheney, Wash., was re-named to “Roos Field”.

Eastern made the announcement following naming approval by the EWU Board of Trustees that is contingent upon project completion. The Board of Trustees commended the Roos family’s philanthropic efforts on behalf of Eastern and the community through the Michael Roos Foundation. A former Eagle student-athlete, Roos is a starting left offensive tackle for the Tennessee Titans in the National Football League, and has started every Titans game in his five-year career. Roos excelled in the classroom as well, graduating with a double major in finance and economics.

“We are thrilled to be able to acknowledge in this manner the incredible contributions Michael and Katherine have made to Eastern Washington University,” said Eastern athletic director Bill Chaves. “We felt this was the most appropriate honor we could give them, but at the same time, we regard highly the legacy left by Mr. Woodward. Regardless of the name change, we will permanently remember the Woodward family at our stadium.”

A plaque commemorating the 73 years Eastern’s football stadium has been named Woodward Field will be placed on the wall of the Donor Suites and Media Center at the stadium. The stadium originally was located where EWU’s library now stands, but was moved to its present site in 1967.

The stadium was named for Arthur C. Woodward, who was Eastern’s head football coach in 1927 and 1928. More importantly, Woodward was head of Eastern’s department of physical education and health for 23 years from 1927 to 1950. He was insistent that every interested student should have the opportunity to engage in competitive sports through intramural activities. He endeared himself to students, and, as a result, Woodward Field was named in his honor in 1937.

Woodward also established the physical education program at North Central High School in Spokane. During World War I, he was in charge of physical fitness work for the Navy in the Puget Sound area, and spent eight years as director of physical and health education for Tacoma public schools. Woodward passed away of a heart attack on Feb. 2, 1950, just a short time after attending a convocation and rally honoring the Eastern basketball team.

Eagles Break Single Game Attendance Record in 2010

Eastern recorded the highest attendance ever at Roos Field in Cheney on September, 18, 2010 versus the University of Montana. In the inaugural game on the red turf, 11,702 fans passed through gates at the newly renamed stadium. Eastern defeated Montana 36-27 in one of the greatest games to played in Cheney.

Eagles Break Season Attendance Record in 2006

Eastern broke the school’s single-season attendance record in 2006, with an average of 7,116 fans attending five games (35,580 total) to break the record of 7,090 (35,451 in five games) set the year before. The third-best average is now 6,792 fans, which was set in five home games in 2000 (33,963 total). Eastern has had its top 10 all-time attendance averages in the past 11 years. Here are the next top four attendance records.
2008 - 6,719
5th: 2005 - 6,633
6th: 2010 - 6,473
7th: 2002 - 6,204
8th: 2003 - 6,182

Description: Red synthetic turf football field. 400 meter all-weather track with pole vault, long jump, discus and shot put areas (hammer throw area is near Chissus Field)
Seating Capacity: 8,600

EWU vs. Montana (9/18/10)
Inaugural Game at Roos Field
EWU defeats Montana 36-27
September 18, 2010

Inaugural Game at Roos Field
Roos Field Overhead Roos Field Overhead
Woodward Suite Woodward Suite
Woodward Suite Media Room
Woodward Suite Lobby Woodward Suite Lobby
Timers Booth  
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