Applejack Stadium, constructed in 2005, is a municipally owned and operated stadium at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park. Applejack Stadium is widely regarded as one of the best natural grass playing surface in Vermont. The stadium includes game-quality field lighting for night games.
In the fall the Stadium hosts Burr and Burton Academy football and soccer, and other local high school and middle schools; and in the spring Applejack hosts Burr and Burton lacrosse games. In the summer and fall of 2016 and 2017 Applejack Stadium hosted the Manchester College Soccer Series, which featured the best NCAA college soccer in the area. On the men’s side, Applejack hosted Castleton State University, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Southern Vermont College and SUNY Cobleskill. On the women’s side, Applejack hosted the Division I teams from the University of Vermont and UMass Amherst, and a NESCAC contest between Middlebury College and the defending NCAA Division III national champions, Williams College.
The Stadium takes advantage of an historic grandstand, which was part of the horse racing track. The grandstand can seat up to 1,000 spectators and features spectacular view of the Green Mountains. Applejack Stadium also includes a large electronic scoreboard (donated by the Manchester Rotary Club). In 2011 the Town added a two story announcing booth. The announcing booth includes a powerful public address system (amplified, wired and wireless microphone, compact disc player), and three workstations for coaches, scorekeepers, the media, photographers and videographers.
The playing field can accommodate uses up to 125 yards long and 80 yards wide. The nearby Park House provides bathroom facilities for the Stadium. Concessions are available for most games (see below). Unless otherwise noted, admission for games is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students under 18 and seniors 65 and older. Gate admission is used to support the ongoing maintenance of the Stadium, including field lighting. All major credit cards are accepts at the ticket booth and concession stand. Please note, there is no smoking or dogs allowed inside of Applejack Stadium.
Use of Applejack Stadium is by permit only. For information about using Applejack Stadium contact the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department at 802-362-1439 or firstname.lastname@example.org.