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Walter J. Zable Stadium at Cary Field
Updated: Sunday 01/01/1999 (ET)
by TribeAthletics.com
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Directions to Zable Stadium:

From The North/West: Take I-64 East to Lightfoot Exit 234 (Route 199 East). At top of exit ramp, take a right onto Route 199 East. Stay on 199 East until Monticello Avenue exit. Exit at Monticello Avenue, bear left on exit ramp. At bottom of ramp, turn left at light onto Monticello (pass under 199). Continue on Monticello through five stoplights. At the sixth light, turn right onto Richmond Road. Continue on Richmond Road until the first stop light. Take a right at the light into the Zable parking lot.

From the South/East: Take I-64 West to Exit 242A (Route 199 West). Follow 199 to fourth light. Take a right onto Jamestown Road. Follow Jamestown Road approximately two miles until reaching a 4-way intersection. Turn to the extreme left onto Richmond Road. Continue on Richmond Road until the first stoplight. Take a left into the Zable parking lot.


Walter and Betty Zable, classes of 1937 and 1940 respectively, made a commitment of $10 million to the Campaign for the Fourth Century in the fall of 1990. The money will be used for athletics, graduate student aid and other various needs.

In appreciation of this large gift, the College's Board of Visitors approved the naming of the football stadium at Cary Field the Walter J. Zable Stadium. A formal dedication was held Nov. 3, 1990, prior to kickoff of that season's 38-28 homecoming victory over Furman.

A three-year letterwinner for the Tribe's football team (1934-36), Zable is more than familiar with college athletics. He also lettered in baseball, basketball and track, and was an honorable mention All-America on the gridiron. After graduation Zable enjoyed a professional football career with the Richmond Arrows and the New York Giants.

Besides being named to Sports Illustrated's Silver Anniversary All-America team, he was a National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame Gold Medal recipient in 1980, and received the "Teddy" Award from the NCAA in 1987, which is presented annually to a distinguished citizen of national reputation and outstanding accomplishment who has earned a varsity award in college.

Constructed in 1935 at a cost of $138,395, Zable Stadium at Cary Field has been home to a solid winning tradition for the Tribe gridders. The first contest there ended in a 0-0 deadlock with state rival Virginia in the 1935 season opener.

Zable Stadium was financed by a grant for construction through the Public Works Administration during President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration. Improvements in the past decade have boosted Zable Stadium's capacity to 12,259. However, in the 1985 Homecoming victory over Richmond, a record crowd of 18,054 packed the stadium and grounds.


Quick Facts
As of July 1, 2012

Official Name
Walter J. Zable Stadium at Cary Field

77, Opened in 1935

Original Cost
$138,395 - Financed by a grant through the Public Works Administration


FieldTurf Pro

First Game
Sept. 21, 1935 vs. Virginia (Tied, 0-0)

First Win
Oct. 19, 1935 vs. Guilford (44-0)

First Playoff Game
Nov. 29, 1986 vs. Delaware (Lost, 51-17)

First Playoff Win
Nov. 24, 1990 vs. UMass (Won, 38-0)

All-Time Record
208-117-6 (.637)

W&M vs. Yankee/A-10/CAA
50-28 (.641)

Laycock's Record at Zable
117-48-1 (.708)

Largest Crowds
Estimated 19,000 vs. UNC on Nov. 5, 1949; 18,054 vs. Richmond on Nov. 16, 1985

Longest Winning Streak
14, 11/23/91-10/15/94

Largest Margin of Victory
61, 61-0 vs. GW, 1942; 61-0, vs. Ft. McLelland, 1946

Largest Margin of Defeat
49, 55-6 vs. West Virginia on Nov. 15, 1958

Single-Season Attendance Records (current seating arrangement - 1997)
11,014 - 2011
10,782 - 2010
10,269 - 2009


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