Shea Stadium is a multi-purpose facility utilized as a home venue by the sprint football team in the fall and the track and field and lacrosse teams in the spring.
Considered one of the finest track venues on the East Coast, Shea Stadium includes an eight-lane Southwest all-weather surface designed with capabilities to set up sprints in either direction. Six jumping pits and six vault boxes face every direction, allowing jumpers to always enjoy the most favorable winds. The stadium boasts a great surface for racing that is well cushioned and resiliant enough for daily training to minimize chance of injury. Shea also possesses two shot put circles and sectors, two Olympic-size hammer and discus cages, and a Southwest all-weather surfaced javelin runway.
Located along the banks of the Hudson River, Shea Stadium is also equipped with two functional locker rooms and an athletic training facility. The playing field features an AstroTurf surface surrounded by the eight-lane all-weather track. At night, the impressive facility is illuminated by seven television-quality lightstacks. Improvements to the seating area were completed in the summer of 2000 along with the installation of two modest press boxes servicing both track and field competitions as well as sprint football and lacrosse matches.
Shea Stadium was named in honor of Richard Shea, one of West Point's finest athletes and soldiers. A 1952 graduate, Shea enlisted in the Army in 1944 and served as a staff sergeant in the 53rd Constabulary Regiment in Nuremberg, Germany. A native of Portsmouth, Va., he did not compete in cross country until entering the Army, but went on to win the European 1500-meter and 5000m championships.
Shea entered West Point in 1948, served as a cadet captain and was the recipient of the Army Athletic Association Trophy presented to the top senior athlete. He won 16 major intercollegiate middle distance and cross country championships and set seven indoor and outdoor Academy track records. He also qualified for the 1952 Olympic Games in the 10,000m competition.
Shea was assigned to Korea following graduation and died in action on July 8, 1953, at Sokkogae, trying to repel Communist "suicide attacks" during the Korean Conflict. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for wartime bravery, the 77th Medal of Honor awarded during the Korean War.