Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium

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Thanks to a generous gift of $900,000 from Deborah Olson, given in the name of her mother Elizabeth Lyle Robbie, and $1.2 million appropriated from the Minnesota state legislature, the University of Minnesota soccer program built a home of its own in the Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.

The facility seats 1,000 spectators and contains adjacent practice fields which the team shares with the Department of Recreational Sports. The two-story structure contains athletic training, media, team and club room facilities, in addition to restrooms and food services. A ticket kiosk and plaza area are also featured outside of the stadium for the convenience of fans.

Elizabeth Lyle Robbie became the first female owner of a professional sports franchise in the United States when she purchased the Miami Toros soccer team in the mid-’70s. The Toros then moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., before relocating to the Twin Cities and becoming the Minnesota Strikers between the 1983 and 1984 seasons. She owned the team until the franchise disbanded in 1988. During her ownership, the Strikers played for the MISL Championship in 1986.

“My mother was always a strong supporter of women's rights and equal opportunities,” Olson said. “She was a huge soccer fan in its early days in the U.S. and always loved the sport. When the University added the soccer program it seemed like a perfect fit for me to pay tribute to my mother and have the stadium named after her.”

Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium is undeniably one of the finest facilities in the nation for women’s college soccer, and in recent years fans have packed in to see the resurgent Minnesota soccer program under head coach Mikki Denney Wright.

“It's great to see the improvement the program has experienced over the last couple of years,” Olson said. “The commitment to success is apparent in all areas, from the coaching staff, to the players, to the fans and everyone else surrounding the program. It has been great to see such an increase in attendance over the last few years, and the enthusiasm surrounding the program has been wonderful. It amazes me more and more every year when I drive up to the stadium and see how great of a facility it is, and to see my mother's name on the front of the stadium is something that is really special.”

“We are so proud and thankful to Deborah Olson and the state legislature for building such a beautiful facility,” Denney Wright said. “It is truly one of the best in the nation.”


Directions

The Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium is located at 1745 Cleveland Avenue (just north of Larpenteur Avenue)

From I-94 (Eastbound or Westbound) - Take Highway 280 exit and follow until Larpenteur Avenue exit. Turn right on Larpenteur and travel to Cleveland Avenue. Turn left on Cleveland. The stadium is on the left, just to the north of Gibbs Farm.

From I-35 -Take Highway 36 exit from I-35W to Cleveland Avenue. Go south on Cleveland past Roselawn Avenue. The stadium will be on the right.


All-Time Minnesota Soccer Attendance Records

1. 1,751 vs. Purdue L, 1-2 9/23/05
2. 1,670 vs. Nevada W, 4-1 9/18/09
3. 1,611 vs. Penn State L, 0-1 (O2) 10/28/05
4. 1,516 vs. Michigan W, 2-1 9/28/07
5. 1,432 vs. Arizona State W, 1-0 9/4/99
6. 1,427 vs. Wisconsin L, 1-3 9/28/96
7. 1,297 vs. Ohio State W, 2-0 10/1/00
8. 1,265 vs. Brown W, 2-0 9/19/08
9. 1,238 vs. Dayton L, 2-3 9/14/07
10. 1,220 vs. UW-Milwaukee L, 0-1 9/4/11
Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium opened in 1999

Year-by-Year Attendance
Year Matches Total Average 
2011 8 7,407 926
2010 11 9,410 855
2009 11 7,483 680
2008 12 10,507 876
2007 7 7,239 1,034
2006 10 8,066 807
2005 7 7,569 1,081
2004 7 4,669 667
2003 9 4,954 550
2002 9 5,106 567
2001 7 4,770 681
2000 8 7,258 907
1999 10 9,040 904
1998 9 4,176 464
1997 12 6,477 540
1996 10 5,192 519
1995 9 3,916 435
1994 9 2,352 262
1993 7 2,219 317

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