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BETTY LOU MAYS FIELD
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Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field is set in the plush backdrop of the Brazos River on University Parks Drive. The field is part of the Jim and Julie Turner Riverfront Athletic Complex, which includes Baylor Ballpark, Getterman Stadium and the Hurd Tennis Center.

The 2016 season marks the 18th year for the Baylor soccer team at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field. The former Baylor Soccer Stadium was named during the 2000 season in honor of the late Betty Lou Mays of Amarillo, Texas. Mrs. Mays was the wife of Troy Mays, a 1945 graduate of Baylor; the two were longtime supporters of Baylor Athletics.

A number of upgrades over the past few years have really made "Betty Lou" a great soccer environment.  Most recently, the program received a very generous $1.5 million gift from Billy and Elaine Williams of Naples, Fla., that helped create the $3.3 million Williams Family Soccer and Olympic Sports Center that opened in August of 2015 and was dedicated to the Williams family on Aug. 20, 2015. Located near the entrance to the field, the 14,500-square-foot building provides the program and other student-athletes with a range of amenities. Its features include a coaches suite and locker and training rooms dedicated to the soccer program, encompassing approximately 2,300 square feet and including 35 player lockers. The facility also provides the team and other sports housed in the Turner Complex with a 5,000-square-foot weight room and visiting team locker rooms, as well as public restrooms and areas for concessions and laundry.

In 2013, a new press box was added, featuring a pair of radio/TV booths, more media seats and amenities.

Thanks to a generous gift from the Troy Mays Foundation, over $250,000 worth of improvements were made to the Bears' home in 2007. Through the gift, a gated fence was placed along the perimeter of the stadium to enclose the soccer field. The fence is supported by a number of brick-laid posts that are similar to those seen around the Baylor campus. In addition, a brick façade was added around the stands and the press box. The improvements give the facility more of a "stadium-feel."

When Baylor introduced its soccer program in 1996, the Bears played at Baylor Soccer Field, next to the Baylor Marina. The Bears played at that location from 1996 through 1998, compiling a 26-2-1 record at home, including a perfect 8-0 mark in 1998. Baylor Soccer Field was the site of the program's first-ever soccer game, played on Aug. 30, 1996, as the Bears beat Pittsburgh, 12-2, in front of 227 fans.

In 1999, the team moved just down the street to open what was originally called Baylor Soccer Stadium. The 3,000-seat stadium improved upon the old field by adding lights for night games, an improved press box, and a natural-turf playing field that features underground irrigation.

New benches and dugout areas were added prior to the 2000 season, highlighted with red brick and green steel to match the theme that runs throughout campus and the rest of the Turner Athletic Complex. Two years later, an upgraded sound system was installed to further improve the fans' enjoyment of the game.

The largest crowd ever to see a regular season game at Betty Lou Mays Field came in 2002 as Baylor tied Texas A&M, 1-1, in front of 1,488 fans. The second-largest regular season crowd (1,372) attended the first game at the new facility against San Diego in 1999. The game marked the first time that Baylor played on its new home field and came on the heels of the Bears winning the first Big 12 championship in school history for any program the previous season.

The spring of 2001 saw the biggest crowd ever when Baylor hosted the Mexican Women's National Team. A crowd of 1,810 fans saw the Bears beat the visiting Nationals, 3-1, on April 18, 2001, making the exhibition the largest home crowd in Baylor soccer history.

  DIRECTIONS

From the north, drive south on I-35, take University Parks Drive exit and turn east (left) onto University Parks Drive. The Turner Athletic Complex is on your left before you reach the Ferrell Center.

From the south, drive north on I-35, take University Parks Drive exit and turn east (right) onto University Parks Drive. The Turner Athletic Complex is on your left before you reach the Ferrell Center.

From the west, drive east on Hwy. 84 to Hwy. 6/Loop 340. Turn east (right) and take Hwy. 6/Loop 340 to I-35. Turn north (left) on I-35, take the University Parks Drive exit and turn east (right) onto University Parks Drive. The Turner Athletic Complex is on your left before you reach the Ferrell Center.

From the east, drive west on Hwy. 84 to I-35. Turn south on I-35 (left), take the University Parks Drive exit and turn east (left) onto University Parks Drive. The Turner Athletic Complex is on your left before you reach the Ferrell Center.

From the northwest, take Hwy. 6 to I-35. Turn north (left), take the University Parks Drive exit and turn east (right) onto University Parks Drive. The Turner Athletic Complex is on your left before you reach the Ferrell Center.

From the southwest, take Hwy. 6 to Bus. 77 exit. Bus 77 become LaSalle. Turn west (right) onto University Parks Drive. The Turner Athletic Complex is on your right after you pass the Ferrell Center.

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