Paul Lorenz Field

Oregon State Athletics   09-27-2012

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The Oregon State men's and women's soccer teams play on one of the finest pitches on the West Coast - Paul Lorenz Field at Patrick Wayne Valley Stadium.

Opened in the fall of 1996 a block southeast of Reser Stadium, the field received a makeover during the summer of 2012, as the original sand-based surface was replaced with a new variety of spreading rye grass, the same turf that was used at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Patrick Wayne Valley Stadium seats 1,500 fans and has an enclosed press box on the west sideline and covered team benches on the east sideline. Lights were installed prior to the 2006 season adding to the programs' allure and giving fans the opportunity to enjoy night games.

The facility has hosted NCAA Tournament matches, exhibitions against the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer and has been the home of a number of All-Americans and future professionals, including 2010 MLS SuperDraft No. 1 pick Danny Mwanga and US national team forward Robbie Findley.

The stadium is named for the late Patrick Wayne Valley, who was an Oregon State football letterman and 1964 Rose Bowl team member. The field is named for Paul Lorenz, who is the former owner of L&H Grading in Salem and provided equipment for the construction of the original surface.