Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium (formerly known as Columbia Soccer Stadium) has been the home venue for Columbia men's soccer since 1984 and the women's squad since 1986. On Saturday, October 12, 2013, the stadium was officially named in honor of Rocco B. Commisso '71SEAS '75BUS in recognition of Commisso’s long-standing contributions to the Lions soccer program, as player and supportive alumnus.
The dedication ceremony took place on the field at 5:30 p.m. between the Columbia women's and men’s soccer matches against the University of Pennsylvania
“We are thrilled to have named our soccer stadium after Rocco Commisso,” director of intercollegiate athletics and physical education for Columbia Dr. M. Dianne Murphy said in a statement. “Rocco has always been such a wonderful supporter of the University and our soccer program. His generosity means so much to our men and women’s soccer teams – his contributions truly help transform the experiences of the young men and women who compete for Columbia.”
Commisso was a member of the 1967 Columbia freshman men’s team that finished undefeated. He also was co-captain of the 1970 varsity men’s squad, the first Columbia soccer team to compete in the NCAA men’s soccer tournament. As an alumnus, he co-founded the alumni advisory group Friends of Columbia Soccer, and served as its Chair from 1979 to 1986. For more than a decade, Columbia has awarded an annual Men’s Soccer Prize in his name.
Commisso is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Mediacom Communications Corporation, the nation’s eighth largest cable television company and leading provider of advanced broadband services to 1.3 million customers in 1,500 small cities and towns across America.
The venue received an overhaul in June of 2007, when a state-of-the-art FieldTurf playing surface was installed. The surface is a hybrid fiber, rubber and sand infill designed to have a more consistent feel and a faster pace.
DIRECTIONS TO BAKER ATHLETICS COMPLEX
(Note: Parking for Football games in and around the Baker Athletics Complex is extremely limited. Fans are encouraged to use mass transit when possible.)
From WEST SIDE HIGHWAY/HENRY HUDSON PARKWAY: Exit Dyckman Street, and proceed east to Broadway. Make a left on Broadway and proceed 20 blocks north to 218th Street.
From FDR/HARLEM RIVER DRIVE: Continue north to end of Harlem River Drive. Bear right at light and proceed north on 10th Avenue to 218th Street.
*From MAJOR DEEGAN EXPRESSWAY (I-87): Exit 230th Street. Proceed on 230th Street westbound (from north – make right at light; from south make left at light). Continue on 230th Street to Broadway. Make left on Broadway and proceed 12 blocks to 218th Street.
From WEST: Take George Washington Bridge and follow signs for Henry Hudson Parkway North or Major Deegan Expressway North(follow directions above).
From NORTH: Take Cross-Westchester Expressway (I-287) or Cross-County Parkway west to Saw Mill River Parkway south. Take the Saw Mill to the Henry Hudson Parkway South or Major Deegan Expressway South (follow directions above).
From NEW ENGLAND: Take Connecticut Turnpike (I-95) to Cross Bronx Expressway (I-95). Exit Cross Bronx to Major Deegan Expressway North or Henry Hudson Parkway North (follow directions above).
From LONG ISLAND: Take Long Island Expressway East to Clearview Expressway North, or Northern State Parkway/Grand Central Parkway East to Cross Island Parkway North to Throgs Neck Bridge. Bear left after toll for Cross Bronx Expressway (I-95) South (follow directions above).
From SOUTH: Take New Jersey Turnpike North to Exit 18 George Washington Bridge (follow directions above).
*Commercial and Oversize Vehicles must use Major Deegan Expressway.
By MTA NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY: Broadway-Seventh Avenue IRT Local ("1" train) north or south to 215th Street, then walk two blocks north and cross Broadway at W. 218th Street. OR 8th Avenue IND Express ("A" train) north to 207th Street (exit at north end of platform - 211th Street), then proceed north to 218th Street.
By MTA METRO-NORTH COMMUTER RAIL: Marble Hill Station is located just across the Harlem River from Baker Athletics Complex, at 225th Street. Walk east to Broadway, then south across the Broadway Bridge to 218th Street.