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Roy Rike Field


[ Roy Rike Field ]
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The Battling Bishop men's and women's soccer teams play their home games at Roy Rike Field, located on Park Avenue across from the Ohio Wesleyan residential campus.

Widely regarded as among the Midwest's finest soccer facilities, Roy Rike hosted the NCAA Division III men's soccer championship in 1990 and 1998 and the NCAA Division III women's soccer championship in 2001. Its lights have shined upon an overwhelming home-field record by the Bishop men's team, including a 40-game winning streak during the 1991-93 seasons. That home-field advantage also helped the Bishop men post the best record in the NCAA during the 1980s, regardless of division. Roy Rike Field also helped the Bishop women's team assemble an NCAA Division III-record 60-game winning streak during the 2001-03 seasons.

A fully-enclosed press box and new bleacher seating and a new building housing locker rooms and offices completed a 3-part reconstruction of Roy Rike Field. A state-of-the-art irrigation system and new lights and standards were installed as the project's first 2 phases.

Built in 1934 as a project of the Works Progress Administration, Community Field hosted football games and track meets for Willis High School and included an adjacent baseball field and tennis courts. When Hayes High School was finished in 1962, it provided for those sports with playing facilities on the school grounds and Ohio Wesleyan purchased the complex. E. Roy Rike '42 donated $25,000 to remove the track and upgrade the fields for intercollegiate soccer and lacrosse and intramurals. Prior to 1964, Ohio Wesleyan home games were played at South Field, which was located on Henry Street south of Selby Field.

Roy Rike Field also served as home of the Bishop men's lacrosse team from 1965 to 1985, and as home of the women's lacrosse team from 2004-07. Roy Rike Field still hosts lacrosse games on occasions when Selby Field is unavailable.

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