Buck Shaw Stadium

Lawrence T. "Buck" Shaw
circa 1939

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    Named after former Santa Clara football coach, Lawrence T. "Buck" Shaw, Buck Shaw Stadium has served as a showcase for some of Santa Clara University's proudest athletic achievements since the facility opened in 1962. Besides serving as the home for the Bronco soccer team, the 6,800-seat facility also housed Santa Clara baseball until 2005. 

     

    The stadium was dedicated on October 6, 1962, prior to the football game between Santa Clara and Occidental, but was first used in the Broncos' loss to UC Davis on Sept. 22, 1962. Through the years, the spirit of Buck Shaw has been kept alive by the many great athletes who have competed on the stadium's turf over the past 52 years.

    Buck Shaw Stadium earned national attention when it played host to the 1996 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. Earlier in the season, a crowd of 3,714, a SCU regular-season soccer attendance record, came to watch Santa Clara defeat top-ranked Notre Dame 3-1. But on Dec. 6 and 8, a packed house assembled to watch North Carolina beat Santa Clara, Notre Dame and Portland for the NCAA Championship. The two-day attendance of 17,600 was a record for the event, and the 8,800 that filled the expanded seating on each day of the tournament marked the largest crowds ever to watch a collegiate women's soccer game in U.S. history.

    In 1994, the facility served as the practice site for the Brazilian National Team during the World Cup competition. Brazil, the eventual World Cup Champions, practiced from May 26 through July 7 in front of full stands. Later in the competition, the Romanian squad also utilized Buck Shaw Stadium to prepare for its quarterfinal match with Sweden.

    The Santa Clara men's and women's soccer teams have used the facility to great advantage. From 1988 through `92, the men's squad put together a 43-match unbeaten streak in Buck Shaw, including five home victories in the NCAA Tournament in 1989 and `91. The women's team has compiled a 183-25-12 mark on the home turf since 1986, including a 32-match win streak from 1997 - 2000, and in 1989, `90, `97, `98, `99, and `01 won an NCAA Regional at home to advance to the national semifinals. 

    The Santa Clara baseball team called the facility home from 1963-2005 before moving across the street into Stephen Schott Stadium in April of 2005. The football team compiled a 106-42-1 home record during its stay at Buck Shaw, including five seasons which saw the Broncos post perfect home records. In one stretch, Santa Clara won 20 consecutive home matches.