Breese Stevens Field Improvements

Last Updated: 03/26/2019


Breese Stevens Field was designated a City Landmark in 1995 and subsequently listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 2015. Upon securing the historic designations, the City of Madison Parks Division set out to prioritize restoration and revitalization of the stadium. This facility occupies a prominent urban site in a neighborhood now undergoing rapid transformation. For the past several years, as part of a focused planning process, Parks staff’s efforts have been successful in completing significant code improvements and infrastructure upgrades to ensure the on-going viability of this cultural asset. The City entered into a partnership with Big Top Events to further leverage the site’s great potential and this has been very productive. Breese Stevens Field is returning as destination venue for seasonal sports events and now community festivals and open-air concerts. Current improvements to the facility are organized into three phases: Phase One- Facility Report, Phase Two - Concession/Restroom Building Addition and Facade Restoration, and Phase Three- Spectator, Hospitality and Event Set-Up Improvements. Details on each phase of work are provided below.

Breese Stevens Field Improvements - Phase Three

The City of Madison Parks Division is proposing the next phase of facility improvements at Breese Stevens Field. The proposed improvements consist of hospitality, seating and field improvements that continue the on-going revitalization of the historic venue. The hospitality improvements will upgrade the bleacher area beneath the 1925 canopy and include public access atop the previously approved concession/restroom addition. Field improvements include additional bleachers, hardscape/flex space for concert and vendor set-up. The improvements also include technology upgrades for professional soccer.

The Phase Three improvements were approved by the City of Madison Urban Design Commission on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018.

In addition to the Urban Design Commission, the proposed improvements were reviewed by the City of Madison Landmarks Commission. An informational presentation was given to the commission on October 15, 2018. On Monday, November 19, the Landmarks Commission granted a Certificate of Appropriateness for the Phase Three Improvements.

Below are links to the submitted Landmarks Commission presentation materials:

The proposed Phase Three improvements also received approve from the State Historic Preservation Office.

Parks staff and Big Top Events also held an initial neighborhood meeting for the Phase Three improvement on November 1, 2018 at the Festival Foods Community Room. Notes from the meeting will be posted to the project site once they've been compiled.

Please contact project manager Mike Sturm at (608) 267-4921 or if you have questions on the up-coming input meetings or on the proposed improvements.

Breese Stevens Field Improvements - Phase Two

A new concession and restroom building is coming to Breese Stevens Field! Construction of the new facility is anticipated to begin in October 2018, with final completion in spring 2019.

Based on an in-depth look at operations and existing facility conditions in the 2017 Facility Report, a permanent concession kitchen and accessible restrooms were identified as priority improvements.The proposed concession/restroom addition will be approximately 3,780 sf and located west of the athletic field, adjacent to the older 1925 portion of the stadium. The project includes masonry restoration of the stadium’s exterior and the addition of rain gutters to the historic roof canopy. The proposed addition received approval from the State of Wisconsin Historical Society, the City of Madison Landmarks Commission and the Urban Design Commission.

Plans of Concession/Restroom Addition

Perspective of Concession/Restroom Addition

Breese Stevens Field Improvements - Phase One

In 2016, the Parks Division hired a consultant team led by Isthmus Architecture to prepare a facility report for Breese Stevens Field. The report identified necessary maintenance improvements to the historic venue for the next 15 years. Previous studies reviewed specific aspects of the stadium but a comprehensive look at the overall facility was needed. In addition to long‐term maintenance items, recommendations on potential operational improvements were identified with the assistance of the current operator, Big Top Events. The report was completed in 2017 and continues to inform improvements at the historic venue.

Breese Stevens Field - Facility Report