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Official Review by Josh Oakes, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Osborne Stadium at Liberty University, which shares a concourse with Williams Stadium, was completed in 2009 in conjunction with a major overhaul of Williams Stadium. The renovations included the addition of a wrought iron and red brick fence surrounding the stadium, a press box, new video scoreboard, restrooms, and a 1,000-seat grandstand. Osborne Stadium is aesthetically pleasing, cleaner than most stadiums, and offers a family friendly environment with breathtaking views of the mountains from the concourse.
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The only concession stand for games at Osborne Stadium is located at the north end of the concourse in Williams Stadium. Menu items include the hamburger for $4, Flames burger, which is just a burger with a couple toppings, for $5, hot dog for $3, corn dog for $2, and a slice of Domino's Pizza for $3.
As far as drinks go, a small soda costs $3 and a large costs $5. Water, Gatorade, hot chocolate and coffee are all $2. Popcorn, candy, chips, nachos, and a soft pretzel come in to complete the menu. The menu at Osborne Stadium is by no means extensive, but at least it's there in case you need a bite to eat.
Soccer games at Liberty are more of a social event than anything else. Everyone seems happy to be there, but very few people are actually into the game. This is not entirely a bad thing as the overall aura is pleasant and family friendly. However, the intensity one would expect at a place like Klöckner Stadium at UVA or Lynn Stadium at Louisville simply is not there.
The Blue Ridge Mountains dominate the horizon to the west, providing for stunning views. There are plenty of restaurant chains such as Chick-fil-A, Wendy's, and McDonalds not far from the stadium. La Carreta is a local Mexican place not far up the road and is your best bet for good food near the stadium. Just down the road is a little plaza where you can find such student hangout spots as Macado's and La Villa Express. The campus layout makes it difficult to walk to any of these places, but you don't have to drive very far to find a place to eat.
The lack of animosity and drunkenness at Liberty is rather refreshing. Everyone is friendly and happy to see everyone else. This being said, overall passion is lacking. Most people will probably know someone on the team but will have little interest in the game other than their one friend or family member.
Osborne Stadium is attached to the massive football stadium, so finding the stadium should not be difficult. The streets of Lynchburg can be a bit confusing, especially if you have never been there before. Look up directions before you go, pay attention to the road signs, and you should be fine. Parking is plentiful but somewhat random as the reserved lots are mixed in with the game day lots.
There are clean restrooms located on the main concourse attached to Williams Stadium.
The stadium is clean and the atmosphere is family friendly. As to Lynchburg, there are a few decent places to eat, a mall, and a movie theater, but not much more. Admission and parking are both free, so there really is no excuse not to go if you are in the area.
The views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are spectacular. The game presentation is no frills, but a day at Osborne Stadium is a relaxing and affordable sports experience.
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