Barker Family Stadium & Cahall-Sandspur Field
Situated in the middle of campus along Holt Avenue, Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field serves as the home field of Rollins soccer and lacrosse programs.
"Sandspur" has long been the home field of Rollins Athletics. The tract has hosted everything from Tars football, soccer and lacrosse to rec sports and camps. In the early years of Rollins soccer, games against St. Louis, Connecticut, UCF, Air Force and North Carolina would draw nearly 2,000 spectators. The Orlando Sentinel once estimated 3,000 fans lined the field, sat in the oak trees and found their way to the Bush Science Center roof to take in a Tars match.
A new era was ushered in prior to the 2004 season with the opening of Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field. With chair-back seating for 500 and standing room for an additional 750, facility provides the Tars with one of the top venues in the South. Housed on the ground level are locker rooms for both men's and women's soccer teams, an Athletic Training room, concession stand and storage. The natural grass playing surface is surrounded by towering oak trees on three sides. The McFall Press Box was constructed in 2012 and houses the Athletics Communications video streaming operation while providing wireless Internet access to areas along Holt Ave. A new sound system was installed in 2012 and greatly enhances the fan experience.
In its first decade, the venue has hosted multiple exciting events, but perhaps none more thrilling than the 2010 men's soccer NCAA quarterfinal match. In front of a Barker Family Stadium 1,300 fans, Rollins scored in double overtime and earned the program its first berth to the NCAA final four.
Rollins men's and women's lacrosse teams moved into the facility full-time for the 2011 season after previously splitting time between local stadiums Hungerford Prep, Showalter Field and Lake Highland Prep. Both programs have greatly benefited from the enhanced exposure on campus.
Rollins Athletics is thankful to Peter Cahall '71 and Frank Barker '52, the primary donors for the stadium, and all others for their donations, including Tony Tremaine '70, Wynee Warden '45, Stan Gale '72, Joe Raymond '84, T.B. Garcia, Mike Fogle '77, Duke Marsh '76, Randy McFall '74 and Thomas Thompson '68.