Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field
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 2012 season marks the 14th 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.

Thanks to a generous gift from the Troy Mays Foundation, the Baylor soccer program has seen a number of improvements to Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field, as over $250,000 worth of improvements were made to the Bears' home 2007.

Through the gift, a gated fence has been 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" and is the latest in a long list of upgrades to Baylor's home soccer facility.

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 and an improved press box, and the natural-turf playing field 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.