James M. Shuart Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium and sports facility that features 11,929 seats. Located on the campus of Hofstra University near Uniondale, New York, the venue serves as the home field for Hofstra's lacrosse teams. Before it was renamed in August 2002 after the previous president of Hofstra University, who played lacrosse and football during his undergraduate years at the school, it was originally opened in 1963 and refurbished in 1996 and 2013. Before that, it was known as Hofstra Stadium.
James C. Metzger Hall, which is located on the grounds of the stadium and serves as the location of the stadium's press box, luxury suites, and the Fried Center for Student-Athlete Development, is part of the stadium.
The stadium was first constructed in 1962 and opened for business in 1963, however, it has since undergone a variety of renovations. 1968 saw the installation of a brand new synthetic playing field at the stadium, making it the third college facility in the entire country to have such a surface. The fall of 1996 marked the completion of a significant expansion.
The seating capacity had been increased from 7,000 to about 13,000, and new scoreboards had been installed in both end zones during the construction of the Howdy Myers Pavilion. The artificial turf was removed and replaced with FieldTurf in 2007, and it was removed and replaced once more in late 2012. The following year, 2009, saw the installation of brand-new scoreboards in both the north and south end zones.
More recently, in 2013, the building underwent renovations and reconfigurations that brought its capacity up to its present level of 11,929. Late in 2013, lights designed by Musco Lighting took the place of the stadium's historic lights, which had been installed in 1963. These original lights had been in existence since 1963.
Over the course of its history, Shuart Stadium has played host to a wide variety of sporting competitions and events, including football, lacrosse, and soccer. Throughout several decades, it has welcomed a large number of teams competing in a variety of leagues. Over the Fourth of July weekend in 2021, the stadium played host to a total of five Premier Lacrosse League matches. Converting the stadium into a tour stop for upcoming PLL competitions.
The venue was utilized for three evenings during October each year for the annual Newsday Marching Band Festival. During these nights, bands from various high schools on Long Island competed in an exhibition-style format. Since 2014, the gathering has been moved to a new location. In addition, numerous high school championships on Long Island and New York state championship games for a variety of sports are played at the venue.