The Creighton Soccer programs entered a new era in 2003 with the opening of an on-campus soccer facility, the Michael G. Morrison, S.J., Stadium. The Bluejays now enjoy playing home matches at the finest on-campus soccer venue in the nation.
The Field Turf Revolution all-weather surface is the first of its kind in the United States and makes the playing surface at the facility one of the finest in the country. With the downtown Omaha skyline to the south, CenturyLink Center Omaha to the east, Ryan Athletic Center to the north, Championship Center to the west, and just blocks from the Old Market, Morrison Stadium places student-athletes in the middle of it all.
Morrison Stadium’s seating capacity is 7,500. Construction on the stadium was completed in 2004 and included a video scoreboard, champions room, nearly 2,000 covered chairback seating, five luxury suites, an enclosed press box, concession stands and a banquet area. An athletic training room and locker rooms were built in the adjacent Ryan Athletic Center, which opened in 2009.
Since moving into the facility, both programs have enjoyed record-settting attendance numbers, with the men ranking in the NCAA top 10 every year since 2003 and the women topping the league in attendance 10 of the past 12 seasons. Before the start of the 2014 season, the men were 89-17-14 (.800) at Morrison Stadium, including 32-5-3 (.838) in conference play, while the women were 68-29-15 (.674) overall and 19-10-5 (.662) in conference play at home since 2003.
The $13 million facility hosted its first match on Aug. 29, 2003 and was officially dedicated on Oct. 15, 2004.
Morrison Stadium has hosted the Missouri Valley Conference Women's Soccer Championship seven times (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012) and the MVC Men's Championship on three occasions (2004, 2007 and 2011). The Bluejay men have also hosted 13 NCAA Tournament matches at Morrison Stadium, with Creighton posting an 11-2-0 record at home in the NCAA postseason since 2003.
On July 13, 2010, the United States Women's National Team played a friendly against Sweden at Morrison Stadium, marking the first time the national team had played a match in Nebraska. The match was televised live on ESPN.
Directions To Morrison Stadium
Morrison Stadium is located between 17th and 19th Streets to the north of Cass Street, on the east side of the Creighton University campus in downtown Omaha. The main entrance and ticket window is located on the west side, at the intersection of California and Florence Blvd. (19th Street).
From Interstate 80: Take Interstate 80 to the I-480 interchange. Follow I-480 North to I-480 East, take the Capitol/Civic Auditorium exit. Turn left on 19th Street (Florence Blvd.) at the light signals and follow to the facility.
From Interstate 29: Take Interstate 29 to the I-480 interchange in Iowa. Go west on I-480 across bridge into Omaha. Take the 14th Street exit which will run into Cass Street. Follow Cass Street to the facility.
From the Airport: From the airport, make a left onto Abbott Drive. Follow Abbott Drive toward downtown, Abbott Drive will change into Cuming Street. Follow Cuming Street to 17th Street. Turn left on 17th Street and follow to the facility.
The Rasmussen Fitness & Sports Center was dedicated on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 at 702 N. 17th St. Named for Creighton Director of Athletics Bruce Rasmussen, the facility was made possible by generous gifts from Ruth and Bill Scott and several other donors.
“This facility, along with the completed Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center and the D.J. Sokol Arena, ensures that Creighton remains competitive in attracting today’s students, who truly appreciate comprehensive social, recreational and health experiences as part of their college years,” said Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., Creighton University President.“The center will also be instrumental in encouraging and supporting our faculty and staff with their wellness activities,” he added.
The 50,000-square-foot building with a mezzanine will house a multipurpose field house with synthetic turf for intramural sports and athletic team practices, a suspended two-lane running track, and a fitness level furnished with cardio, circuit-training and free-weight equipment.
Ruth and Bill Scott have been long-time supporters and friends of Creighton University. In 1995 the Scotts established a scholarship for international students who enrolled in the School of Medicine.
The Nebraska natives have deep roots in the Omaha community and since the 90’s have donated millions of dollars to more than 100 different organizations.
Exercise is part of Bill Scott’s daily routine. “Several years ago I was severely injured in a fall. This experience and my subsequent recovery reinforced the importance of health and wellness activities for everyone, no matter what your age. This convenient facility will be a visible reminder, for all students, faculty and staff, of the investment Creighton makes in the whole person—mind, body and spirit. And I can’t think of a finer person than Bruce Rasmussen to honor with this legacy,” said Bill Scott.