Walter J. Zable Stadium at Cary Field, named for Walter J. Zable, former member of the College of William & Mary Board of Visitors, is located in Williamsburg, Virginia and is the home of the William and Mary Tribe football team. It is located centrally in the William & Mary campus, adjoining the Sadler Center (formerly the University Center) building and situated on Richmond Road.
The stadium is used for football and track & field. It has an official capacity of 12,259 fans. The attendance figures for William and Mary football games are usually inexact, however, since students are not counted among the official results in an accurate fashion. The area of Cary Field behind the stadium was the baseball field for William and Mary until the opening of Plumeri Park in 1999.
The largest crowd in Zable Stadium history was more than 19,000 in the 1949 loss against the University of North Carolina. Zable did not feature permanent lighting for evening games until 2005, when gifts of $650,000 allowed the construction of lights over the stadium. The gifts were spurred by the 2004 NCAA Division I-AA playoff game that William & Mary hosted against James Madison University.
The game was nationally televised by ESPN2, and portable lights were brought in on trucks to allow the game to be played in ESPN's evening time slot. The game featured the largest crowd in recent Zable history and created a demand for additional night games.
Previously, displeasure from the Williamsburg community over night games had kept the demand for lights to a minimum.In 2006, Cary Field's natural grass surface was replaced with FieldTurf pro, the same turf used in over twenty NFL football stadiums. The project cost an estimated $840,000.A new scoreboard was recently installed at Zable Stadium at an estimated cost of $800,000. The scoreboard is 53’-3” wide × 27’-5” high (16.2 × 8.4 m) and features video replay capabilities.