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Cochrane Soccer Stadium

Bowling Green, OH

Home of the Bowling Green Falcons

3.9

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Cochrane Soccer Stadium (map it)
Stadium Dr
Bowling Green, OH 43402


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Cochrane Soccer Stadium website

Year Opened: 1995

Capacity: 1,500

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The Bowling Green State Falcons have a history of success in soccer over the past four decades. The school has made appearances in the NCAA tournament on six occasions entering the 2014 campaign (1972, 1973, 1992, 1995, 1996, and 1997). They have been the Mid-American champions on four occasions (1991, and 1995-1997).

The Falcons play their home games at Cochrane Field, a simple facility named for Mickey Cochrane, who was Bowling Green’s first men’s soccer coach. The facility opened in 1995 and has a capacity of 1,500. Lights were added to Cohcrane Field in the fall of 2011, allowing for night games.

While you will not think of Bowling Green as fertile soccer territory, or the MAC as a foreboding soccer conference, there is still a lot to like when you attend a game at Cochrane Soccer Stadium.

3.9

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    2

There are really only snacks available at Cochrane Field, with one surprise. Beer is available at soccer games. There is only one option, tall cans of Bud Light for $6, but if you would like to have a cold one at the soccer match, at least it's an option. Beer sales end when the second half begins, so be sure to get your beer before halftime.

Other options include candy ($3), chips ($2), peanuts ($4), sunflower seeds ($4), and boxes of popcorn ($2). Non-alcoholic beverages available include bottled Coca-Cola products and bottled water ($3), along with Powerade ($4).

It's pretty basic, so eat before or after the game, but if you need a snack, they have it here.

Atmosphere    4

When you arrive in the small grass parking lot, you will feel the school spirit and the beginnings of a soccer atmosphere. You can expect a couple of small grills, and fans kicking around a soccer ball. There is one single gate for entry, and no charge for admission.

Most of the seating is available in the one main grandstand. You'll find metal bleachers here, so you would be wise to bring a blanket, or seat cushion to make your experience more comfortable. There are a couple of other sets of bleachers on either side of the main grandstand, and many fans choose to stand along the fence as well. The hard core supporters of the soccer team sit on the north side of the field. Known as the Cochrane Clan, these fans cheer and sing, taunting the visiting goalie during the second half of the game.

You'll also find many kids who choose not to watch the game, and instead kick a ball around on the grass behind the main stands. Overall, it's a very straight forward presentation, and while the stadium is not spectacular, the game is the focus, as it should be.

The View of Doyt Perry Stadium behind the team benches helps to add to the college athletics setting, especially during night games.

Neighborhood    4

Cochrane Field is located near the other Bowling Green athletic facilities including the Stroh Center and Doyt Perry Stadium. It is located behind the hockey arena, BGSU Ice Arena and across the street from the softball stadium and baseball stadium, Steller Field. You shouldn't have any trouble finding the soccer stadium.

It's about a mile and a half to downtown Bowling Green from the ballpark, so you could walk if you want the exercise, but it is probably best to drive. There are several good bars or restaurants in the small downtown.

If you insist on walking and want to find a nearby sports bar, then there is a Buffalo Wild Wings which is just a few blocks from the soccer field, across the street from Stroh Center.

If you head downtown, then Reverend's Tavern is a favorite for their selection of beers and slightly eclectic menu.

Trotters is open for dinner, and has a very cozy atmosphere. This comfortable little pub offers good food, a cozy atmosphere, and friendly service. I love most places with Scotch eggs on their appetizer menu, and theirs is certainly good.

Open for lunch is Beckett's Burger Bar. You can guess what is on offer here. They also have a pool table and several TVs for sports fans to stay on top of what's happening.

Fans    5

You will likely be surprised by the level of support shown by the Bowling Green soccer fans. Spectators are focused on the action, and no one is walking around causing a distraction during game play (with the exception of the kids playing soccer behind the stands). There will likely be more than the 1,500 capacity in the ground, with many fans standing. You don't need to arrive really early to get a seat, but you should plan to be there 15 minutes before kickoff to assure yourself the seat you desire.

The student section, located behind the north goal, is especially exuberant. And they really help to make seeing a game at Cochrane Field a special experience.

Access    3

When driving on I-75 in northwest Ohio, you can easily spot the Bowling Green football stadium from the highway. All of the BGSU sports facilities surround the football stadium, so it would be difficult to get lost and not be able to find Cochrane Field.

The parking lot and stadium itself are found off of Stadium Drive. The cost of parking is free.

Restrooms are in the form of port-a-potties near the entrance of the stadium. If you would prefer the comfort of a traditional restroom, then you may be able to get into the BGSU Ice Arena, although it is a bit of a hike to get to the front door as you have to walk around the entire building.

Return on Investment    5

Admission is free. Parking is free. Concession items are fairly reasonably priced, although there aren't many of them. All in, if you skip a snack, then you can attend a Bowling Green soccer match absolutely for free. There is no doubt that this is an excellent value, and I would have happily paid to see a game at Cochrane Field.

Extras    4

One extra point for the Cochrane Clan, who are an excellent example of what the spirit of college athletics is all about.

One extra point for the halftime exhibition I witnessed at the most recent game I attended. The school's Quidditch Club, played a shortened version of their game. It may be the fictionalized game from the Harry Potter books, but seeing it played in front of you is a lot of fun. Who knows, perhaps Stadium Journey will one day be covering Quidditch venues.

One extra point for the addition of beer at Cochrane Field, an unexpected treat. Although, I would much prefer to have something local on offer rather than the macro and ubiquitous Budweiser cans.

Two-sided one-sheet programs are available in a small box when you enter the main stands. One side offers info on the players on each side for the game at hand, and the other side offers some context on the two sides and what you can expect from the game. If you don't follow college soccer closely, this is a much appreciated bit of information, and adds to the overall game day experience.

Final Thoughts

There are many examples in sports where you go to a venue expecting little, and walk away feeling like you had a wonderful experience. Soccer at Bowling Green's Cochrane Field is one of those experiences.

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