Sweeney Field. Soccer & Lacrosse.
Sweeney Field, formerly known as Finnesey Field, has been home to 10 different Saint Joseph’s varsity teams in nearly 90 years of use. After opening in 1929 as the home of the Hawk football squad, the field has undergone numerous changes over the years and has been the site of over 1,200 Saint Joseph’s varsity games, matches, and track meets. The pitch is the current home of the varsity men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse programs.
Nestled into the heart of campus and featuring a state-of-the-art TigerTurf playing surface as well as seating for 3,000, the facility was christened Sweeney Field in the fall of 2013 upon the completion of an extensive expansion project. The new name recognizes the contributions of Sean S. Sweeney ’94 (MBA), a member of the University’s Board of Trustees and the lead benefactor of the renovation project. Sweeney Field was blessed in conjunction with Hawktoberfest on October 12, 2013, while a formal dedication was held on April 5, 2014, before the men’s lacrosse team’s upset of nationally-ranked Bryant, the first win over a ranked squad in program history.
The most recent expansion included the addition of 1,200 permanent seats to the hillside nearest to the University’s iconic Barbelin Hall as well as the addition of 1,100 portable seats on the end lines. In addition, the facility includes a press box and and enhanced sound system. The playing surface, initially installed in 2008, was refreshed in 2015.
Opened in 1929 and planned as the centerpiece to a 70,000-seat football stadium, SJU was forced to eliminate the field’s original grandstand and hillside seating in 1960 due to the construction of Villiger (now Post) Hall and Bluett Theater. Since 1990, the field has undergone a number of upgrades and enhancements designed to expand usage and functionality, including the installation of an AstroTurf artificial surface prior to the current TigerTurf surface, lights (1994), and bleachers (2003).
Finnesey Field was named after the late James T. Finnesey. A native of Wyncote, Pennsylvania, a parishioner at the Church of the Gesú – located at the former site of the University – and president of a local auto manufacturer, he was a member of the Saint Joseph’s Foundation Committee, which was established in 1922 to raise support for the College’s relocation to Philadelphia’s Wynnefield neighborhood. Finnesey was also a lead donor to the stadium project in 1927.
From the North: NJ Turnpike to Exit 6 (PA Turnpike connector). Follow PA Turnpike to Exit 20 (Rt. 476). Follow 476 South to Rt. 76 East, towards Philadelphia. Follow Rt. 76 East to Exit 339 (Rt. 1 South, City Avenue). Turn left on 54th Street and turn right into parking lot. Fieldhouse is on the left.
From the East: Take either the Ben Franklin Bridge (via Rt. 676) or the Walt Whitman Bridge: Follow Rt. 76 West to Exit 339 (Rt. 1 South, City Avenue). Turn left on 54th Street and then right into parking lot. Fieldhouse is on the left.
From the South: I-95 North to 476 North. Follow 476 North to Exit 5 (Rt. 1). Follow Rt. 1 North to SJU, approximately 10 miles. Turn right on 54th Street and turn right into parking lot. Fieldhouse is on the left.
From the West: PA Turnpike to Exit 326 (Valley Forge). Follow Rt. 76 East, towards Philadelphia, to Exit 339 (Rt. 1 South, City Avenue). Turn left on 54th Street and turn right into parking lot. Fieldhouse on the left.
From the Airport: I-95 North to Rt. 76 West. Follow Rt. 76 West to Exit 339 (Rt. 1 South, City Avenue). Turn left on 54th Street and turn right into parking lot. Fieldhouse is on the left.
Where to Park. Hawks Landing.
Open in early 2008, Hawks’ Landing is a five-story parking and retail facility that features 460 parking spaces, the University Bookstore and Cosi restaurant. The address for Hawks Landing is 2461 N. 54th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19131.