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Mazzella Field

New Rochelle, NY

Home of the Iona College Gaels



Mazzella Field (map it)
715 North Ave
New Rochelle, NY 10801

Iona College Gaels website

Mazzella Field website

Year Opened: 1989

Capacity: 2,440

There are no tickets available at this time.


Local Information


Iona Soccer home of the Gaels

The start of the college football season overwhelms sports media across the country, which is unfortunate for college soccer, which gets underway around the same time. For those schools without a football program though, soccer is the only way for fans to get outside in the late summer and early fall to cheer on their teams.

One such school is Iona College, located just north of New York City, whose soccer team plays in Mazzella Field. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's soccer program have called the facility home since its completion in 1999.

The 2,400 multi-purpose stadium was originally built to house its football program, but when the school made the decision to drop its program based on the 6 other football schools in the MAAC having folded their own programs, creating a lack of equitable opponents for Iona, the soccer team took over as one of the prime tenants. It is still used by its rugby, lacrosse, and soccer programs for both men and women.

The men’s club began in 1999 and the team would not secure its first winning season until 2006; since then, the Gaels have posted only two sub-.500 seasons including a program best 14-2-3 record in 2009.

Mazzella Field was also home to the New York Magic of the W-League until the league ceased operations after the 2015 season.


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    0

There is no food for sale at the field. A drink machine is in the Hynes Athletics Center, but your best bet is to stop at one of the fast food restaurants along North Avenue and buy something there for your meal.

Atmosphere    2

Calling this place a stadium is a stretch as Mazzella Field has no seats, rather just five long rows of concrete on the west side of the field. You are right next to the field and can clearly hear the players shouting at each other and the referee. There is no covering, so a day game can be hot.

It is an attractive setting otherwise though, with campus buildings on three sides, while behind the seating area are some trees and what might be a row of frat houses. There is a single scoreboard at the northeast corner that includes shots, saves, and corner kicks - these extra stats do help when watching the game and are worth an extra point here.

The Hynes Athletics Center was completed January 2006 forming the Mazzella Field Quadrangle; it represents the center of athletics and student activity on campus, creating a rather picturesque setting for soccer matches.

Neighborhood    3

Iona is located in New Rochelle, about 40 minutes from Grand Central Station on Metro North. The college is on North Avenue, just over a mile west of the station. Along the way, several fast food joints can be found, including Tim Horton's, Burger King, KFC, and Subway. These are good if you want a light snack during the game, but for something more substantial, there are better options.

The Beechmont Tavern is slightly further along North Avenue and known as a student hangout, while the Smokehouse Tailgate Grill is between the campus and the station - its generous happy hour from 4-7 pm ($3 pints and a $10 burger/beer combo) works well with evening games.

There are several other spots east of the station, including McKiernan's Lawton Street Tavern and the Spectator Sports Pub, both of which are recommended than chain destinations like Texas Roadhouse and Buffalo Wild Wings.

The Mirage Diner, Cannone's Pizza, and A No 1 Pizza are three local establishments that provide a quick and inexpensive spot to enjoy quintessential New York cuisine.

Lodging options include the Radisson Hotel, Residence Inn by Marriott, and Westchester Marriott.

Fans    2

A Tuesday afternoon game at the end of August is not the best way to judge a fan base, but there were a respectable 189 faithful in attendance to watch the Gaels in action on the pitch. They crowd cheered when Iona scored, but were otherwise rather quiet. It might be somewhat more robust for weekend matches or conference games against St. Peter's, Siena, Monmouth, and Quinnipiac.

Access    3

Most sports travelers would take a train from New York City to see a game at Iona, Amtrak Northeast Corridor Service to New Rochelle Station. Exit to North Avenue and take a taxi, #45 bus, or walk along North Avenue to campus. The walk to campus would take 20 minutes.

By bus, take Fordham Road Bus #60 from the Bronx to North Avenue and Main Street. Take #45 bus North to campus. From 241st street and White Plains Road take #42 bus to Main Street and North Avenue.

If you are driving, you would use I-95 to Exit 16 and proceed along North Avenue, parking in the neighbourhood around campus. The field has no access issues, though restrooms are only available in the Hynes Athletics Center.

Return on Investment    2

There are no admission charges to watch a game at Mazzella Field, but getting to the campus and back from Manhattan will cost $15.50 at a minimum on Metro North. For the quality of play you will see, this is bit much to invest your time. The best bet is to combine your visit with a stop at one of the bars mentioned above or combining it with another sporting venue in the vicinity.

Extras    1

1 points for the Iona Hall of Fame located inside the Hynes Athletic Center, it is worth a quick look.

Final Thoughts

At Stadium Journey, we don't like to look down our noses at any sport or venue, but they don't get much more basic than Mazzella Field. There are really no amenities whatsoever and other than students and faculty, the only fans who might be interested in this place are diehard stadium chasers.

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Local Food & Drink

The Beechmont Tavern   (map it!)

750 North Ave

New Rochelle, NY 10801

(914) 636-9533


Smokehouse Tailgate Grill  (map it!)

606 North Ave

New Rochelle, NY 10801

(914) 813-8686


Spectator Sports Pu  (map it!)

219 North Ave

New Rochelle, NY 10801

(914) 636-9522

Business website spectatorssportspubandrestaurant.com

The Mirage Diner  (map it!)

690 North Ave

New Rochelle, NY 10801

(914) 235-2568


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