Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field (map it)
221 Ironbound Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Year Opened: 2011
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Official Review by Ryan MacArthur, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
Take a two-minute drive from the historic Colonial Williamsburg and the College of William and Mary campus and you will find one of the premier collegiate playing grounds on the east coast. Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field is home to the men and women’s Tribe soccer programs, as well as the women’s lacrosse team. Named after the former men’s soccer coach, Al Albert, who finished his career with over 400 wins, and John Daly, the current women’s coach and NCAA record holder for longest streak of winning seasons (27), Albert-Daly Field was built in 2004.
In 2011, the new stadium, a 1,000-seat pavilion, named in honor of Eff and Patty Martin and their children, was constructed around the field. The million-dollar upgrade provided a state of the art press box, restroom facilities, and filming areas.
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The college provides its campus food truck, Wholly Habaneros, at most home games. The Mexican inspired food is tasty and made from fresh ingredients. A selection of fish, Korean BBQ, or vegetarian tacos cost $6. Tribe Street Fries, a favorite with W&M students are also $6. A bottle of water costs $2 and a can of soda is $1.
Outside food and drink is not allowed inside the stadium, so it's Wholly Habeneros or nothing. Still, if you're a fan of Mexican food, you're definitely getting your money's worth, though the selection is limited.
The city of Williamsburg has strong ties to the soccer community, ties that can easily be seen at any Tribe soccer match. Local and visiting youth players, Tribe alumni, students, and the families/friends of current players make the modest spectators section sound much louder than it really is. Unfortunately, Albert-Daly is not on the W&M campus and it's a difficult walk for students, resulting in limited attendance during weekday games. During big match-ups against nationally ranked teams and/or during NCAA national tournament games, bleachers on the opposite side of the stadium are opened up to accommodate the overflow of fans. When this occurs, usually once or twice a year, the atmosphere is electric, resembling a small, European club's field during an intense derby.
During warms ups and halftime, the PA system pumps music, keeping the atmosphere alive and fun. The announcer provides, at times, mundane information, such as when a goal kick or corner kick is happening, but overall the sound is crisp and at a perfect volume. There's a basic scoreboard that provides the time, score, and shots on goal.
Albert-Daly Field is located beside the baseball complex, Plumeri Park, just outside of campus and near Colonial Williamsburg. New Town shopping center is a ten-minute walk from the stadium where you can find restaurants, bars, and shopping. Overall, there aren't many neighborhoods that are safer or more aesthetically appealing.
If you want to do a Tribe soccer game right, hit up Paul's Deli for a pre-match bite and pint, located across the street from Zable Stadium, W&M's football field. The walls are covered in Tribe memorabilia and photos of legendary student athletes (including Jon Stewart and Johnny Kamara).
Home and visiting fans are not separated by sections or barriers, but this almost never causes issues. The Tribe club offers a VIP area for members near the sideline. Most halftimes feature a contest or competition for randomly selected spectators. Tribe fans are a bit behind the times in terms of having any soccer specific songs or chants.
Finding the stadium can be a little tricky. The field is tucked behind the Dillard complex, an unused dormitory owned by the college. Parking isn't too much of a hassle, but arriving early is a good idea for the big-time matches as there aren't a great deal of spaces. The stadium has wheelchair access on either side of the stands. Restrooms are located on the backside of the stadium.
Adult tickets cost $5, seniors cost $4, and children ages 2-18 cost $3. Group tickets for parties larger than 10 people can be purchased for $2, but must be arranged in advance. Parking is free.
Both the men and women's soccer teams are outstanding programs that play attractive brands of soccer, and have featured many notable players who went on to compete at the professional level. For $5, you're not going to find a better deal to watch a quality soccer match.
One extra point for the beautiful addition that opened in 2011, turning this modest field into a "stadium."
A second extra point for the historic beauty that is Williamsburg. If you're in town, hopefully you're not just here to see soccer, as there is plenty to explore.
Albert-Daily Field at the Martin Family Stadium is arguably one of the finer facilities in the Colonial Athletic Conference. The W&M staff keeps the facility immaculately clean and well maintained. Visiting the home of Tribe soccer and lacrosse is definitely worth the trip for any sports fan.
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