Sitting in the heart of Midtown Detroit, Tom Adams Field will celebrate its 50th year as the home of Wayne State University football in 2018. One of the Warriors most successful decades was in the 1970s with a 55-37 (.596) mark. The field is also the site of the annual Prep High School Kickoff Classic, bringing some of Michigan’s and Ohio’s best high school football teams to WSU for the first games of each season.
Through The Years
Completed in 1968, Tom Adams Field has gone through numerous changes, renovations and additions.
In the 2001 renovation, the stadium entrance was “flipped” making the primary entrance accessible from the fan parking lot. Two ticket booths and wrought iron fencing were added amenities that increased functionality and heightened appearance. The “spirit walk” with the concrete “W” statue now guides game-day fans into the stadium. The enclosed “sitting wall” serves as an effective enclosure but adds a nostalgic look to the setup and matches the brick facing added to the home stands. The newly added “Wayne State University” on the press box is visible from M-10 (Lodge).
In 2004, the football locker room was renovated into a 10,000-square foot facility which included 120 state-of-the-art lockers, individual coaches' offices, training and equipment facilities, and a series of various-sized meeting rooms. The revised design created two separate entrances - one for prospective student-athletes and their families, and another for team members and staff.
Prior to the 2015 season, new field turf, a state-of-the-art video board and sound system was installed.
Detroit Junior College played its first football game on October 4, 1918, against Assumption, a 41-0 win at Sandwich. The next three games of the season were played at Goldberg Field. DJC became the Colleges of the City of Detroit (CCD) in 1923, and Wayne University in 1934 in honor of General Anthony Wayne. Wayne became Wayne State University in 1956.
Home games were played at University of Detroit from 1944 until 1953 with a few home games at Keyworth Stadium in 1946, 1947 and 1949. In 1954, home games were moved to Tartar Field (Hamilton & Holden Avenues) and remained there through the 1967 season with the exception of one game in both 1955 and 1966 at UD. WSU Stadium opened in October 1968.
Directions To Athletic Campus
From The West: Take I-94 East. Exit at Trumbull Avenue. Turn right onto Trumbull Avenue, then left onto Warren Avenue. Parking is in Lot 50 off Warren Avenue.
From the East: Take I-94 West. Exit at Woodward/ Brush Avenues. Remain on Ford Service Drive to Woodward Avenue. Turn left onto Woodward Avenue, going south to Warren Avenue. Turn right onto Warren Avenue. Continue west on Warren Avenue to Lodge Freeway (M 10) overpass. Lot 50 is located on your right just past the overpass.
From the North: Take I-75 South to Warren Avenue exit. Turn right onto Warren Avenue. Continue west on Warren Avenue to Lodge Freeway (M 10) overpass. Lot 50 is located just past the overpass.
From the South: Take I-75 North to Lodge Freeway (M 10) North. Exit at Forrest/Warren Avenues. Turn left onto Warren Avenue (2nd light). Cross over Lodge Freeway and turn right into Lot 50.
From Windsor: Start out going Northeast on Fort Street West/M-3 toward St. Anne Street (1.2 miles). Turn left onto Lodge Freeway (M 10) North (1.5 miles). Exit at Forrest/Warren Avenues. Turn left onto Warren Avenue (2nd light). Cross over Lodge Freeway and turn right into Lot 50.