Matador Soccer Field is the home venue for the Cal State Northridge men's and women's soccer teams. The venue began operation at the start of the 2002 season when the men's team defeated visiting Fresno State, 2-0, in the site's first match on Sept. 15, 2002. The field's capacity is 1,550 with bleachers lining the east side.
Player benches are located on the west side and the field also features a press box and concession stands. The largest crowd in the venue's history came on Nov. 22, 2005 as a sellout crowd watched the Matadors defeat UC Santa Barbara 3-2 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Going into the 2010 season, the Matadors men's soccer home record is 49-14-1 (.773). The Matadors women's soccer home record is 7-6-2.
The 2010 season marked the return of night time soccer to Cal State Northridge since relocating from North Campus Stadium prior to the 2002 season. On August 22, 2010, the Matadors women's soccer team hosted nationally-ranked Portland before a near-capacity crowd of more than 1,200 spectators. CSUN President Dr. Jolene Koester welcomed all soccer fans to the event, dubbed "Sunday Night Lights" during a pre-match ceremony. Dr. Koester said students made the lights possible through the CSUN Campus Quality Fee.
During the 2010 season, the Matador women's team will host seven home games under the lights at Matador Soccer Field.
"Playing under the lights, in front of the home crowd and family, creates a great atmosphere and is a large reason why our student-athletes compete in intercollegiate athletics," said Matador women's head coach Keith West. "The lights to play soccer at night puts us on a new level. It gives us the opportunity to showcase the soccer program to the fans, school and the community."
Matador men's head soccer coach Terry Davila agreed. "Now we have a chance to take the program to the next step and incorporate the communities around Northridge on a deeper level, and provide parents and their children with an opportunity to witness first-class soccer in a family-friendly environment."
Starting with their exhibition game against San Diego State on Aug. 27, the Matador's men's soccer team will play a total of nine games under the new lights at Matador Soccer Field in 2010. Kickoff for all but one home game will be at 7:00 p.m. as their game against the visiting Air Force Falcons will start at 1:00 p.m.
Davila said, "Now our program has the ability to evolve to the next level, further cultivate relationships with local talent, and truly become a team that the entire Valley can embrace and call their own."
Matador Soccer Field is located south of the Matador Diamond softball field and west of the Matador Tennis Complex. Parking to attend Matador soccer matches is available in Lot G4, which is located at Zelzah and Plummer Streets.
|Men's Soccer Records at Matador Field|
|Most Goals Scored||17 vs Cal State Bakersfield (10/26/78)|
|Consecutive Wins||20 (10/9/90 to 10/4/92)|
|Consecutive Wins (Home Openers)||1989-95|
|Consecutive Conference Wins||12 (11/5/03 to 11/2/05)|
|Women's Soccer Records at Matador Field|
|Most Goals Scored||8 vs The Master's College (9/28/99)|
|Consecutive Wins||5 (10/13/00 to 9/19/01)|
|Consecutive Wins (Home Openers)||4 (2006-09)|
|Consecutive Conference Wins||3 (10/1/99 to 11/2/03)|
|Soccer Ticket Information|
|$3||Youth (17 & Under)|
|Senior (60 & Over)|
|CSUN Faculty Staff*|
|Military Service Personnel*|
|CSUN Alumni Association Members*|
|* Must present respective I.D. to receive discounted price|
|* Maximum two discounted tickets per I.D.|