Sam Hood Field
Sam Hood Field was built in 1995, thanks to a generous donation from local businessman and former Marshall men's soccer coach Sam Hood. Prior to 1996, the Herd played its home games on the artificial surface of James F. Edwards Field. Since the completion of the facility, local interest in soccer has skyrocketed. The men's and women's programs enjoys outstanding fan support. On several occasions, Herd soccer crowds have gone well above the 1,000 mark.
The facility features permanent bleachers with field level seating for over 1,500 fans. On soccer game days, vocal Thundering Herd fans fill the stands, giving the soccer programs a distinct home field advantage.
Arguably, the most exciting aspect of Sam Hood Field is the playing surface itself, Bermuda grass. Bermuda grass is the world's premier surface for soccer and Marshall University is one of the northern-most schools to have such a surface.
Marshall University is committed to having the finest facilities in Conference USA and is constantly upgrading all athletics venues to provide its student-athletes with the very best and Sam Hood Field is no exception. In 1997, lights were added to the field giving the Thundering Herd soccer teams the flexibility to host night matches and in 1998 a new electronic scoreboard was erected at the field.
The men's soccer team utilizes strength and conditioning facilities in the Shewey Athletic Center at Marshall University Stadium and in the Cam Henderson Center.