Designed to support the growth of athletics at Old Dominion University, the L.R. Hill Sports Complex provides a high quality practice and training facility for current and future student athletes. Home to the field hockey and women’s lacrosse programs as well as the football practice quarters, the complex features a 6,500 square foot weight room, a 3,000 square foot training room, football offices, meeting rooms, and locker rooms. Throughout the complex, the design is intended to create and reinforce the visual identity of ODU athletics. The bright, open main lobby welcomes visitors and provides connectivity with collegiate banners that are visible inside and outside the facility due to the glazing and strategic accent lighting.
The complex features a variety of seating options and both game day and practice fields. The centerpiece is a game day field hockey and lacrosse field with seating for 1,500, as well as a second story balcony off the main building that overlooks the field. A 100 yard practice field, 60 yard practice field, and capacity for an additional 1,500 temporary seats complete the outdoor spaces. While the practice fields use natural turfgrass, the design and execution of the playing field conforms to strict USA Field Hockey Association requirements, using an artificial turf playing surface. In addition to providing high quality space for ODU’s football, field hockey, and lacrosse programs, the facility regularly hosts national field hockey competitions.