Harder Stadium
Harder Stadium (a.k.a Soccer Heaven) is a 17,000 seat, outdoor multi-purpose stadium on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, California. It serves as the on-campus soccer stadium for both the men's and women's programs. It is also currently used occasionally by the school's club rugby and lacrosse teams and previously served as the home for the football team. The Santa Ynez Mountains can be seen to the north of the stadium and southerly ocean breezes from the Pacific Ocean can be felt while at Harder Stadium.

History
The stadium was built in 1966 and is named after Theodore "Spud" Harder, a former coach of the Gauchos' football team. It hosted Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers who trained there ahead of the 1967 Super Bowl I. The UC-Santa Barbara football team played their home games at Harder Stadium until football was cut after the 1972 season due to budget cuts. UCSB brought football back as a non-scholarship sport in 1983 and by 1987 was playing a full Division II and III schedule. In 1992, the NCAA ruled that Division I schools must play at the Division I level in all sports; UCSB and a few other schools attempted to form a non-scholarship Division I-AAA level, but the effort failed and UCSB eventually dropped football. The stadium has a capacity of 17,000 people, and currently is the largest stadium on California's Central Coast, although when Alex G. Spanos Stadium which is currently used by California Polytechnic State University is fully renovated in the summer of 2010 it will lose that title. Along with the UCSB Events Center, it is one of the more well-attended athletic venues in the Central Coast.

Soccer legacy
Harder Stadium sees most of its present-day use as a soccer stadium to the UCSB men's soccer and women's soccer teams. The stadium hosted the final three matches of the 2010 College Cup. However, a number of professional club and international teams have played in Harder Stadium as well.

UC Santa Barbara teams
Due to the success of the men's program, the stadium has hosted numerous NCAA soccer playoff games in addition to the regular season games. Despite the men's program recent success, it was the women's program who first brought the NCAA Tournaments to Harder Stadium. The women hosted the first soccer NCAA Tournament game in a 1985 4-3 victory against Cal State Hayward. In total, the women's program has held 4 NCAA Tournament matches at Harder Stadium, bringing such opponents as the Wisconsin Badgers, Stanford Cardinal, and Hartford Hawks. The men's program hosted their first men's NCAA Tournament game in 2002, blanking the San Diego Toreros 2-0. In total, they have hosted 9 NCAA Tournament games. In 2004, 11,214 fans saw UCSB defeat Virginia Commonwealth 4-1 to reach the College Cup (NCAA Soccer's "Final Four"). After the game, a group of students celebrated by carrying one of the soccer goals out of the stadium. They had planned to throw it into the Pacific Ocean (about 1/3 mile away), but were stopped by a combination of law enforcement down the block and tiring out from the weight of the goal. However in 2006, the UCSB won the 2006 Division I Men's College Cup in St. Louis, Missouri. Meanwhile 2,000 miles away at Harder Stadium, a group of rowdy students marched down to the stadium from their homes and attempted the same feat. This time the group succeeded in their quest, throwing the soccer goal off of a cliff at the beginning of the 6600 block of Del Playa Drive. In 2009, the NCAA awarded UCSB and Harder Stadium the ], which is the "Final Four" of Division I men's soccer. On September 24th 2010, the UCSB gaucho fans set a record on the highest attendance at any NCAA (on campus) soccer match. UCSB beat the visiting UCLA team (2-0) in front of 15,896 who attended the game.

Other teams
Due to the large capacity of Harder Stadium, it is an ideal venue for professional teams to use for exhibition games. In 1991, the US Women's National Team (with former Gaucho Carin Jennings) made an appearance right before it went off to China to win the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup. Not to be outdone, the US Men's National Team made an appearance in 1994 against the Romanian National Team. College Rugby is scheduled to play in Harder Stadium April 16th, and April 17th 2010 for the collegiate Sweet Sixteen match. Two pools will play during the weekend. Pool "A" comprises BYU, University of Delaware, Syracuse, and University of Arizona. Pool "C" comprises San Diego State University, Bowling Green, St. Mary's, and Arkansas State University. This is the first time since 2000 Arizona will play in the Sweet Sixteen. Club teams also join the ranks of teams who have played at Harder Stadium. In March 2004, San Jose Earthquakes and Los Angeles Galaxy played a pre-season exhibition in Santa Barbara. Following the success of MLS teams at Harder, in March 2006 & 2007, the UC Santa Barbara men's team played exhibition matches against the Columbus Crew while in July 2006, Cruz Azul and Los Angeles Galaxy played. March 2007 also saw Shizuoka SangyÅ University of Japan square off against UCSB. March 2009 saw Club América and Monarcas Morelia match up , while UCSB has scheduled to play the Mexican U-17 National Team.

Non-sporting activities
Every year, the school's Associated Students Program Board have thrown a free day-long party, known as EXTRAVAGANZA, at Harder Stadium. Previous bands to have played at the festival include Sublime, No Doubt, Jack Johnson, T.I., Run-D.M.C., Coolio, Busta Rhymes, Black Eyed Peas, Jane's Addiction, MxPx, Social Distortion, Eve 6, Pepper, Slightly Stoopid, Ludacris, Nas, Hellogoodbye, and E-40. Harder Stadium also houses 18 art studios located beneath the seating risers. They are primarily used by graduate students and faculty.