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Stevenson-Pincince Field

Providence, RI

Home of the Brown Bears

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Stevenson-Pincince Field (map it)
235 Hope St.
Providence, RI 02912


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Year Opened: 1979

Capacity: 3,500

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Home of Brown Bears Lacrosse

Stevenson-Pincince Field, named for longtime Brown men’s soccer and lacrosse coach Cliff Stevenson and longtime women’s softball and soccer coach Phil Pincince, is the home of Brown’s soccer and lacrosse teams. It has been the site of several Ivy League and NCAA tournament games in both soccer and lacrosse.

Lacrosse was first played at Brown in 1926. While the team was disbanded in 1937, the program was resurrected in 1961. Since then, the Bears have won 10 Ivy League Championships and have made 13 NCAA tournament appearances. They were the first team from New England to reach the sport’s Final Four, in 1994.

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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

If you have ever attended any kind of sporting event at Brown University, you will be familiar with Frenchy's. They handle the concessions for events at Stevenson-Pincince Field, operating out of a food truck behind the main grandstand and a smaller stand on the student side of the field.

The menu for Brown lacrosse games doesn't stray too far from the basics, with hot dogs, hamburgers and Italian sausage sandwiches anchoring the menu. Assorted snacks and beverages are also available.

Coca Cola products are featured at Stevenson-Pincince Field. Alcoholic beverages are not sold at this on-campus facility. During bigger games when the weather turns, you may find a small cart selling local favorite Del's Lemonade as well.

Atmosphere    3

The atmosphere at a Brown lacrosse game may depend entirely on which side of the field you sit. In the larger grandstand, a mixture of alumni and locals take in the game in a laid-back, relaxed manner. The causal lax fan can feel totally comfortable taking in the action with more dedicated, serious fans. Many families can be found here, and youth lacrosse players can be found playing catch in the open, grassy areas outside of the grandstand.

If you decide to take in the action from the student section, be prepared for an entirely different experience. Brown students turn out in large numbers, and pack the stands to near capacity for bigger games. The students at Stevenson-Pincince Field come to have fun, heckle the opposition, and enjoy a break from their studies. Be warned, their chants can be a bit salty at times, and some students do seem to have enjoyed the "break" from their studies a little bit too much, but it's a lively, fun atmosphere on this side of the field.

Neighborhood    5

Stevenson-Pincince Field is located on the residential east side of Providence, adjacent to several other Brown University athletic venues. Brown lacrosse fans looking for things to do before or after a game will find a multitude of things within a short walk of the Erickson Athletic Complex.

Thayer Street, the main campus drag, is only two blocks from the athletic complex, and is filled with quaint shops, restaurants, and bars. Nearby Hope Street continues the eclectic vibe of the east side with more locally owned shops and places to eat. Downtown Providence is only a mile and a half away at the bottom of College Hill. Providence enjoys a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest culinary destinations in the country, and visitors to the area will find more than enough choices to satisfy even the most adventurous of palates.

Visiting fans will find plenty of places to stay within a short distance of the Brown campus. With Boston located about an hour's drive north of Providence, the casinos of eastern Connecticut located an hour to the west, and the historic mansions of Newport about forty-five minutes to the south, there are plenty of options for visitors looking to expand their search beyond Providence.

Fans    4

Brown averages over 1,000 fans per game at Stevenson-Pincince Field for lacrosse games, with games against traditional Ivy League rivals such as Harvard and Yale drawing significantly more than that. A recent NCAA playoff game against Johns Hopkins drew a crowd of 3,500 fans, with hundreds of fans getting turned away as the facility reached capacity.

Lacrosse at Brown draws a mix of families, casual fans, alumni, locals, and a significant amount of students. Lacrosse is one of the quickest growing youth sports in the area, and you will see many kids running around wearing their equipment while taking in the action.

Access    3

Stevenson-Pincince Field is located in Brown University's Erickson Athletic Complex, which includes Meehan Arena, the Pizzitola Sports Center and Murray Stadium on the east side of Providence. While the Brown University Campus is located close to both I-95 and I-195, there is no direct way to get to or from Brown. If driving, one must navigate neighborhood streets before arriving at the complex. If attending a game during a weekday, Providence can be a tough city in which to get around.

If taking public transportation, RIPTA bus routes 1, 78 and 92 run regularly to Thayer Street and the Brown campus is just a short distance from the complex.

Parking is available at no charge in several small lots shared by Brown's several athletic venues at the site. Fans unable to find a spot in the lot can utilize on-street parking in the area around the stadium. On-street parking is free, but pay attention to signs for any potential restrictions. Finding an available spot can be tricky at times, but patient travelers should be able to find spots within walking distance of the ballpark.

Directions to the Erikson Athletic Complex and parking lots can be found here.

The facility at Stevenson-Pincince Field is made up of an aluminum bleacher grandstand with a decent sized press box on top of it. The student section is located on the opposite side of the field, accessed by a separate entrance, where several smaller sets of aluminum bleachers are located. The students prefer to stand throughout the game, either right along the fence that lines the field, or on the bleachers themselves.

The grounds are well manicured, with paved walkways to lead fans around the facility. A major drawback is the lack of any permanent restroom facilities, with several port-a-johns scattered throughout the venue.

Return on Investment    4

Tickets for Brown lacrosse games cost seven dollars, with groups of 20 or more admitted for only five dollars. Parking is free in the lots adjacent to the facility or on surrounding city streets. With inexpensive concessions, an afternoon at Stevenson-Pincince Field is an affordable option for Rhode Island sports fans.

Extras    1

There isn't a whole lot going on at Stevenson-Pincince Field that could be classified as extra. There are banners hanging on the far end of the field that honor Brown lacrosse teams that have qualified for both the men's and women's lacrosse tournaments.

With so many of the school's athletic facilities located in such close proximity, it is easily possible to take in several sporting events in a single day.

Final Thoughts

Stevenson-Pincince Field, while not flashy, is a solid venue at which to take in some quality lacrosse. While lacrosse is not as popular in New England as it is in the Mid-Atlantic states, it is quickly gaining popularity, and is the most popular spring sport at many schools. Providence is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the nicer small cities in the nation to visit, and its proximity to many attractions makes Brown University a solid spring destination.

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