Joe Walton Stadium - Robert Morris University
Built over the course of 13 months, Joe Walton Stadium is the latest addition to the Robert Morris University Moon Township campus. The Colonials played their inaugural season at Joe Walton Stadium in 2005 and defeated Butler, 49-13, Saturday, Sept. 17, for the inaugural game. Joe Walton Stadium is the fourth athletic facility at Robert Morris University, joining the Charles L. Sewall Center (opened in 1985), the North Athletic Complex (opened in 1998) and the RMU Island Sports Center (bought in 2004).
Built at a cost of $10 million by Mosites Construction Company and owning a capacity of 3,000, Joe Walton Stadium features a 36,000 square foot athletic administration building that holds office space for the football coaching staff, athletic administration and Olympic sport coaches. Also included in the building is a state-of-the-art weight room, equipment room, two locker rooms, three classrooms, lobby, press box and University box.
A special feature with the offices located in Joe Walton Stadium is the use of Landro Play Analyzer, a presentation device used to study game videos. Up to 50,000 plays or 115 games can be randomly accessed without ever having to use video tapes or DVD’s. Designed especially for coaches, it allows them to instantly jump to plays without having to use video tape.
The Joe Walton Stadium field covers 97,000 square feet, with the surface field turf. The turf consists of sand, rubber and film polyethylene grass-like fabric with secondary backing of high polyurethane. The field is lined for both football and soccer and will also host field hockey and lacrosse games. The scoreboard for the stadium was provided by Institutional Specialties, a distributor of Daktronics, located in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The music and public address system was provided by Hollowood Music and Sound in McKees Rocks, Pa., and Joe Walton Stadium also includes a portal and plaza. The portal includes 160 pavers to recognize donors to the campaign to raise funds for Joe Walton Stadium, while the plaza will include four kiosks, one each for tickets, concessions, the Barnes & Noble bookstore and alumni and special events.