Sabine Field was dedicated Oct. 8, 1921 and originally included a football gridiron, quarter-mile running track, and baseball diamond. The name commemorates Dr. George K. Sabine’s (Class of 1868) son, George K. Sabine, Jr. Sabine senior donated money for purchase of the land the field was built on.
In 1920, Dr. George K. Sabine provided the funds to allow the school to purchase the lands where the field still resides. Sabine, an 1868 graduate of Norwich, named the field in memory of his son, George K. Sabine, Jr., who died shortly after he returned from overseas. The original field, which was dedicated on October 8, 1921, comprised of a baseball diamond, a quarter-mile dirt track, and a football gridiron.
In the early years, Sabine served as an integral location for military training. For recreation, the field served as home to the school’s football and baseball teams, and was flooded in the winters for use as an outdoor ice rink. The Norwich University annual commencement ceremony was held on Sabine Field until the mid-1980's. Each fall at Homecoming Weekend, Sabine Field hosts the Alumni March On. At this ceremony, all returning alumni parade by class on to the field with the current year's Corp of Cadets.
Following the completion of the 2012 football season, the University began a 10-month renovation project.
This $6 million renovation has transformed Sabine Field from an area that served one sport and other miscellaneous activities - only when weather conditions and day light permitted - to a multi-sport, multi-activity, lit stadium that can be used in most weather conditions. Specifically, the project has added the following amenities to Sabine Field:
Synthetic turf field that meets NCAA regulations for football, soccer, and lacrosse.
400 meter resilient urethane running track with 42-inch lanes.
Energy-efficient stadium lights.
New sound system, bleachers, and press box.
New building to house appropriate storage for field and athletic equipment.
Walkways to prevent damage to field.
New equipment including goals, field goal posts and field care equipment.
- Creation of a hospitality plaza between Sabine Field and Plumley Armory and establishment of Memorial Plaza on the west end of the field.