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Roos Field

Cheney, WA

Home of the Eastern Washington Eagles

2.7

Roos Field (map it)
1136 Washington St
Cheney, WA 99004


Eastern Washington Eagles website

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Year Opened: 1967

Capacity: 8,600

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The Inferno

Total Score: 2.71

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 1

This little stadium needs some love on this website-so here goes:

Roos Field, formerly known as Woodward Field is on the campus of Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington. Cheney is a small farming town in the rolling hills region known as the Palouse. But it's not as rural as you might imagine with Spokane only 15 miles away. When it was know as Woodward Field there was only one stand built into a hillside with a view of the field and the campus parking lot beyond. EWU played their bigger games at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane. Over the years EWU kept more games in Cheney with the addition of some erector set bleachers in one end zone and along the visitors sideline. The stadium is still quite tiny by D-1 football standards. The facility was renamed in honor of EWU and NFL offensive lineman Michael Roos in appreciation for a large donation that installed a new red artificial playing surface. Don't adjust your TV sets-that field is RED! And famously or infamously known, depending on your allegiances, as the inferno.

The concession stand is located just beyond the end zone near the stadium entrance-with all the typical ball park offerings. Lines moved pretty fast-even at halftime.

It's a unique atmosphere with the rolling Palouse hills just beyond. The red field certainly adds a certain je ne sais quoi. The running track around the field detracts from what could be a more intimate environment.

Cheney is a small unassuming town that happens to have a large university attached to it. Add a star or two if Spokane, 15 miles away, is considered part of the neighborhood. That's where most visiting fans stay, eat, and socialize pre and post game.

EWU won a FCS national title in 2010 and they have been an FCS powerhouse for many years with some of the most exiting offenses in all of college football. Their profile has definitely risen in the Spokane area over the years as you now see the occasional EWU logo on a car or sweatshirt. But they still toil in the considerable shadow of the Washington State Cougars who live 80 miles south in Pullman. But the EWU fans who do show up make their presence known.

The stadium is easy to get to and parking is plentiful. The parking lots are an easy walk to the stadium. The drive to and from I-90 and Spokane was busy-mostly with the visiting teams fans.

EWU football is a bargain compared to the far more expensive Pac-10 school to the south, and there's a good chance you'll see an Eagles win-not so much with the Cougars. It's a good place to spend a fall afternoon.

One star for the red turf. It definitely gives an otherwise unassuming facility some identity. And it doesn't look nearly as bad in person as it does on TV.

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