Barksdale Field is located adjacent to Phi Beta Kappa Hall and the Integrated Science Center, at the corner of Jamestown Road and Landrum Drive. Named for Martha Barksdale, long-time Physical Education Professor and member of the first class of women at William & Mary, Barksdale Field was dedicated on October 10, 1975. Previously, the field was designed as women's athletics fields for hockey, soccer, track, and tennis. Over the years, the field has evolved into a venue for intramural football and soccer by students.
In 2004, the university began a plan to construct two residence halls on the site of Barksdale Field. Completed in 2006 at a cost of an estimated $29 million, the Jamestown Residences contain approximately 128,000 square feet of living space for students and has become a popular choice for student housing.