The success of RVA’s entry in the competition to design a replacement for Princeton University’s historic, and much loved, Palmer Memorial Stadium owed much to an extensive program of research and analysis into the university’s current and projected needs for its main athletic facility. As with the Lehman College Physical Education Facility, RVA substantially modified the original commission to produce a facility that would be an attractive public space for the university independent of the sporting events that constituted its prime purpose. The detailed design of the new stadium’s service areas and access paths evokes the similar care devoted to these areas in the stadia for Rosario stadium and Mendoza stadium. Princeton’s brief stipulated that the new stadium be situated on the site of the old one and that it accommodate the fullest possible range of sporting events: football, soccer, lacrosse, and track and field. The project also had as a major objective the creation of a year-round facility. RVA, having determined that Palmer Stadium had deteriorated beyond repair, studied a total of 27 stadium typologies in three configurations. The design finally chosen from the 81 alternatives called for a 27.800-seat stadium providing playing and spectator space for team sports, and, along the outside of its rear wall, a 2.500-seat grandstand for spectators of events at an adjacent track. The removal of the track from its previous position, encircling the playing field within the stadium, was meant to enhance the spectators’ enjoyment of the game by reducing the distance between them and the action. The approximately 490 meter-long horseshoe-shaped wall building that constitutes the stadium’s outer enclosure recalls in its shape and massing the stadium it replaced. This part of the stadium, which houses such functional areas as concession stands, restrooms, ticket offices, and a press box, is constructed of load-bearing pre-cast concrete panels with a sand-blasted exposed aggregate finish. With no internal steel frame structure, the system is economical to produce and permits rapid construction. Aggregates and pigments were selected to achieve a color in keeping with those of the surrounding university buildings. Within the wall’s enclosure, spectator seating is provided in two separate structures. A continuous bowl constructed of cast-in-place concrete with aluminum bench seating surrounds the classically shaped football field, sunken below grade as at the Mendoza stadium. Above grade level, trapezoidal grandstands line three sides of the field. Spaces at the field’s corners are left open to the sky to serve as entrance plazas. For the upper grandstands, designed to float between the lower bowl and the wall building, a hybrid system of pre-cast concrete seating units and cantilevered beams supported on cast-in-place concrete piers and tubular steel posts was employed. Here, as in the wall building, the absence of an internal steel frame structure contributed to the project’s low unit cost and rapid construction. The specially designed risers of the seating units are perforated with horizontal slots allowing natural light to penetrate the stands to the concourse below. Making this concourse area an attractive, naturally lit space with extensive plantings was a way of drawing the university community into the stadium area year-round, independent of sporting events.