Tusculum College is very fortunate to have some of the finest intercollegiate athletic facilities in the nation and Pioneer Field is no exception. The home of Tusculum Football since the reinstatement of the sport in 1991 and soccer since 1965, experienced major renovations in 2000. The result is one of the most beautiful and functional athletic venues to be found on any college campus.
Tusculum College alumnus and Board of Trustee member Scott M. Niswonger fully funded the multi-million dollar renovation to Pioneer Field and the construction of the accompanying indoor practice facility and field house located behind the west end zone.
Renovations to Pioneer Field included a two-story press box, new lighting, concession areas, restroom facilities and improvements to spectator seating.
The press box facility consists of 8,000-square feet designed to match the architectural style of the campuss most classic buildings. The press box can accommodate 30 members of the media as well as coaches, film crews and scouts.
A President's Suite was also constructed and is located on the second floor at midfield and can accommodate 30 fans. Restroom facilities were also added to the second floor.
Below the press box facility, on the stadium concourse are concession areas and restroom facilities.
The concession area is located facing the playing field so fans will not miss any of the action.
Seating for 2,500 spectators is located on the north grandstand, including 200 chair back seats. Special orange cap seats were added during the renovation phase along with the addition of new bleachers and aisle railing.
Bleachers on the visitors side were also constructed providing seating for 1,000 spectators giving Pioneer Field its present seating capacity of 3,500. With the addition of grass bern areas on the north side of the complex and behind the east end zone, Pioneer Field could accommodate 5,000 spectators.
The field house behind the west end zone features large locker room facilities that can be divided into four separate dressing areas. Also featured in the field house is a dressing area for officials, a conference room and preparation areas for athletic training and medical staffs.
On the roof of the field house, a special end zone filming area was also constructed.
Along with the field house, concession areas and restrooms were built to serve spectators in the south grandstand area.
New lighting and standards were added, which has greatly improved the amount of illumination during home events. The lighting system is identical to the one used at the University of Tennessees Neyland Stadium in Knoxville.
The bermuda grass playing surface, considered one of the best in the region, also received special attention. New sod on the sideline areas for soccer and in both end zones was added.
New parking facilities were added in close proximity of the stadium and the indoor practice facility.
In its history, Pioneer Field has hosted several tournaments and championships over the years, including the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Soccer Tournaments and the 2004 NCAA Division II Appalachian Region Men's Soccer Tournament.