Joe Walton Stadium
After 11 years of playing its football games less than a mile up the street at Moon Stadium, Robert Morris University opened Joe Walton Stadium in 2005, the first on-campus football field named in honor of a head coach that started the program from scratch and served 20 years at the helm.
The Colonials hosted Butler in the inaugural game at Joe Walton Stadium Sept. 17, 2005, in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 3,516, defeating the Bulldogs, 49-13. The 49 points scored by Robert Morris are the most ever scored by the program in a home opener.
Robert Morris cruised in the contest, scoring five touchdowns in the first half in building a 35-0 halftime lead. Four different Colonials scored touchdowns on the afternoon, including a five-yard touchdown catch by former tight end Jeremy Wise. That reception was the only catch in his four-year career.
Built over the course of 13 months and at a cost of $10 million by Mosites Construction Company, Joe Walton Stadium owns a capacity of 3,000 and features a 36,000-square-foot athletic administration building that holds office space for the football coaching staff, athletic administration and Olympic sport coaches. Also included in the building is a state-of-the-art weight room, equipment room, two locker rooms, three classrooms, lobby, press box and President’s box.
The Joe Walton Stadium field covers 97,000 square feet, with the surface field turf. The turf consists of sand, rubber and film polyethylene grass-like fabric with secondary backing of high polyurethane. The field, which was replaced in the summer of 2015, is lined for football, lacrosse and soccer. The scoreboard for the stadium was provided by Institutional Specialties, a distributor of Daktronics, located in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The music and public address system was provided by Hollowood Music and Sound in McKees Rocks, Pa., and Joe Walton Stadium also includes a portal and plaza. The portal includes 160 pavers to recognize donors to the campaign to raise funds for Joe Walton Stadium, while the plaza includes three kiosks, one each for tickets, concessions and the Barnes & Noble bookstore.
Robert Morris University
6001 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA 15108
From the North ...
Take I-79 South to Exit 66 (Sewickley / Emsworth). Follow Route 65 toward Sewickley. At the third light, turn left and cross the Sewickley Bridge. At the end of the bridge, turn right on University Boulevard. Follow 1.5 miles to the second light. Turn left onto the RMU campus.
From the South ...
Take I-79 North to Exit 59B, I-376 West (Airport). Take exit 57, Business I-376 (Moon). At the second light, turn right onto University Boulevard. Follow 1.5 miles to the sixth light. Turn right onto the RMU campus.
From the East ...
Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike or I-80 to I-79 South. Follow directions from the North.
From the West ...
Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Exit 10 (New Castle). Follow I-376 East 24 miles to Business I-376 (Moon). Proceed four miles and turn left on University Boulevard. Follow 1.5 miles to the sixth light. Turn right onto the RMU campus.
From Downtown Pittsburgh ...
Take I-376 West toward Pittsburgh International Airport. Take Exit 57, Business I-376 (Moon). At the second light, turn right on University Boulevard. Follow 1.5 miles to the sixth light. Turn right onto the RMU campus.
From Pittsburgh International Airport ...
Take the airport exit to I-376 West (Moon-Beaver). Follow to Business 376 (Flaugherty-Moon) exit. After the stop sign, make the second right onto Business I-376 (Moon). At the third light, turn left on University Boulevard. Follow 1.5 miles to the sixth light. Turn right onto the RMU campus.