Zable Stadium is the main football and track and field venue at William & Mary. Before its dedication as Zable Stadium in 1990, it was known as Cary Field, Cary Field Stadium, or unofficially, William & Mary Stadium. It is located between the Cohen Career Center and the Alumni House, alongside the Jimmye Laycock Football Center.
Cary Field, now the location of Zable Stadium, was so named to honor T. Archibald Cary of Richmond, Virginia, a member of the Board of Visitors, and his father John B. Cary. The new enclosed field was constructed from 1907 to 1909, and completed in time for the baseball season in 1909. In 1909, Cary had donated a total of $2665 to the effort. About $170 was appropriated to paint and stain the grandstand and fence of the newly named Athletic Field that same year. In 2021, the Board of Visitors, as part of a comprehensive review of building names on campus, determined that the honorific for Cary Field shall henceforth be for T.A. Cary alone.
The stadium was built in 1935. The Board of Visitors approved the present name at their November 2, 1990, meeting. In 1996, the north gate facing Richmond Road was named the John Harvard Randolph '64 Alumni Gate.
The stadium is named after Walter J. Zable, class of 1937, president and chief executive officer of the Cubic Corporation, and his wife, Betty C. Zable, class of 1940. Walter Zable was a track and football star during his time at William & Mary.
In 2021 "the arcade at Cary Field, the arched walkway on the northside of Zable stadium, will be named the Arthur A. Matsu Arcade, after the College’s first Asian American student. Art Matsu ’27 played four sports at the College, including football, at which he excelled. After he was a quarterback for the College, he became the first alumnus of the College to play in the NFL. He later coached football at Rutgers University." For more information, go to the news story, W&M campus structures named for trailblazing alumni