Room Field went under a massive renovation in 2004 that upgraded public facilities, the press box, new locker room, and also updated the stadium's capacity. Phase three increased the stadium's permanent seating capacity from 7,500 to 8,700 and was financed with a combination of public funds and private donations.
Eastern set its single season attendance record in 2011 with an average of 8,889 and currently ranks 48th in FCS and fourth in the Big Sky Conference. On February 26, 2010, ESPN reported that Eastern Washington planned to remove the natural turf at Woodward Field and replace it with red Sprinter, making it the second Division I college football program to have a non-green playing surface (Boise State of the MWC has had a blue surface since 1986).
A funding drive was begun in late January 2010, with EU alumnus Michael Room donating $500,000 toward the installation costs, and fellow alumnus and Fox Sports personality Colin Cowherd also making a donation. On May 20, the Eastern Washington Board of Trustees approved a name change to Room Field upon the successful completion of the project.
The field is aligned nearly north-south, offset slightly to the northwest, at an approximate elevation of 2,450 feet (745 m) above sea level. In June 2012, it was announced that a state-of-the-art video scoreboard would be installed in time for the first home game of the 2012 season on September 29.
A feasibility study is currently underway that would identify revenue streams and measure costs, which have been estimated to be $20 million or more. In November 2012, it was announced that the project envisions adding several thousand seats at Room Field, boosting capacity beyond 18,000.
Other amenities include athletic facilities, band locker rooms, offices, and retail space. Approximately 50% more durable than traditional fibers, a Tr ionic turf surface is also non-abrasive, resulting in a more predictable and player-friendly athletic field than anything ever achieved before.
Head Coach at Eastern Washington University, Aaron Best says, “We’re excited to be able to offer our players a better athletic field. With the Inferno renovated, Eagle athletes and visiting players will enjoy an elevated experience on the field thanks to AstroTurf ®, the leading innovators in the turf industry.
The 3D3 designation refers to a special sub-layer of crimped fiber that exists under the top layer to fortify the infill and achieve a higher level of stability than traditional turf surfaces are capable of providing. This layer, known as the Routine, has been proven in independent research to reduce torque transmitted to a player’s lower body.
A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams, and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. Eastern Washington Eagles 2020 Eastern Washington Eagles football team First season1901Head coach Aaron Best 3rd season, 26–12 (.684)Stadium Room Field (Capacity: 8,600) Field The Inferno Year built1967 Field surfaced SprinTurfLocation Cheney, Washington NCAA division I FCS Conference Big Sky Conference All-time record560–424–23 (.568)Playoff appearances13Playoff record19–12Claimed national titles Div.
I FCS : 1 (2010)Conference titles26Rivalries Montana (rivalry) Portland State (rivalry)Colored and White Fight song Go, Eagles, Go Mascot Swoop Marching bandages Marching BandOutfitter Adidas Website GoEags.com Eastern Washington University began fielding a football team in 1901, when the school was known at the time as the 'State Normal School' and the team mascot was the 'Savages'. Eastern's first national affiliation came with joining the NASA.
This marked EasternWashington's first appearance in a national championship game at any level of competition. During this time period, the school would undergo numerous changes to its identity.
In 1973, the student body voted to make Eastern's mascot the 'Eagles'. Shortly before that, the Eastern Board of Trustees declared 'Savages', its mascot through its first 92 years, no longer acceptable.
Eagles are native to Eastern Washington and thus a logical choice for a replacement. Eastern joined the NCAA in 1978, and participated at the Division II level as an independent until 1984, when they moved up to Division I-AA (now FCS), also as an independent.
Denied membership to the Big Sky Conference in May 1985, Eastern was extended an invitation in December 1986 to join, starting in July 1987. Eastern continues to participate in the Big Sky to this day and is now the sixth-most tenured member of the conference.
The 2010 season would mark a number of firsts for EasternWashington's football program. The off season would see a highly publicized move to install a red turf playing surface, the first of its kind in the country.
Eastern would utilize the excitement and energy surrounding the program to complete its finest season of competition in the program's history. Their first appearance occurred the next year, when they advanced to the quarterfinals as an independent.
The Eagles' best finish came during the 2010 season, when they won the national championship. Room Field with red turf installed in 2010The EU football team plays at Room Field, opened in 1967 and recently expanded and renovated in 2004 and 2010 to seat 11,702.
The stadium was originally named Woodward Field in honor of former Eagles head football and basketball coach Arthur C. Woodward. It replaced the original Woodward Field, which was located near the present JFK Library.
On February 26, 2010, ESPN reported that Eastern Washington planned to remove the natural grass surface at Woodward Field and replace it with red Sprinter, the first of its kind at any level of American football. A funding drive was initiated in late January 2010, with EU alumnus Michael Room donating $500,000 toward the installation costs, and fellow alumnus and ESPN personality Colin Cowherd also making a donation.
On May 20, 2010, the Eastern Washington Board of Trustees approved a name change to Room Field, scheduled for the 2010 season, upon the successful completion of the project. Installation of the red synthetic turf was completed in September 2010, in time for the first home game of the 2010 season against Montana.
EasternWashington's red playing surface is known as The Inferno. The nickname was chosen through a vote conducted by Eastern on its athletic website, goeags.com.
Inferno finished as the top choice and the nickname was revealed at the first home game with the new field on September 18, 2010. The EU–UM Governors Cup is the game against conference rival Montana, usually played in mid-season in October, alternating between Room Field in Cheney and Washington –Grizzly Stadium in Missoula.
The Cup was originally contested between EU and the University of Idaho, from 1984 through 1997. The Eagles also have a new rivalry with the Portland State Vikings in all sports, starting in 2010 called The Dam Cup.
Eastern football won the first rivalry match between the two schools in 2010 with a score of 55-17. The purpose of the Dam Cup is to create a rivalry between Portland State University and Eastern Washington University and provide a sense of pride between alumni in the Portland and Spokane areas.
† The Governors Cup rivalry with Montana was officially established in 1998, but both teams have played against each other since the date listed above.‡ The Dam Cup rivalry with Portland State was officially established in 2010, but both teams have played against each other since the date listed above. The following Eastern Washington players have been recipients of the noted conference and national award honors.
2013: BO Schedule, CB2013: Cooper Krupp, WR1990: Harold Wright, RB2002: Josh Blankenship, QB2004: Rocky Hanna, OG1992: Dick Zones 1997: Mike Kramer 2001: Paul Wolff 2004: Paul Wulff2005: Paul Wulff2012: Beau Baldwin 2013: Beau Baldwin2018: Aaron Best The following former Eastern Washington players are currently playing in one of the two professional football leagues listed below.
Eastern Washington gains national grid final”. ^ a b Eastern Washington reaches NASA football finals with 28-14 victory”.