Brown Field has been home to the Valparaiso University men’s soccer team permanently since 2009, while the Crusaders’ first-ever game at Brown Field came on Oct. 31, 2008 against a nationally-ranked UIC side.
Valpo men’s soccer’s move to Brown Field came thanks to the installion of ProGrass at the facility, which has stood since 1919. The ProGrass50 Blend is a blend that consists of 100% polyetheylene fibers, that are 50% mono-filament and 50% parallel silt, that are tufted into a woven primary backing. The secondary backing consists of an application of heat-activated urethane to permanently lock in fibers. The turf has the appearance of a natural grass field.
When the ProGrass was installed, the field was also lined for soccer for the first time, allowing the Crusader men’s team to play on Brown Field. Along with the ProGrass, a new 37-foot high scoreboard was erected in the northeast corner of the stadium, and with it, a new video board for graphics. Lights were installed at Brown Field prior to the 2010 season, with Valpo’s first night game coming on Aug. 21, 2010 in exhibition play against Northern Illinois.
Entering the 2012 season, the Crusaders are 16-7-5 all-time on Brown Field. Valpo has played host to an opening round game of the Horizon League Championship at the facility in 2010, and hosted the league championship semifinals and finals at Brown Field in 2011.