Brooks Stadium & Captain James Harvey Tomb Field

The football, soccer, and lacrosse field, set inside the Academy's newly surfaced eight lane track, is named for the first Superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Captain James Harvey Tomb.  His background features the successful blend of two maritime careers; 27 years as a naval officer and 15 years as an educator of Merchant Marine Midshipmen.

An Annapolis graduate and expert marksman, Captain Tomb had a distinguished naval career that included command of the former coastal liner Aroostook during the laying of the 'North Sea Mine Barrage,' which bottled up the German fleet in World War I. Retiring from service in 1925, he was named head of the New York State Nautical School.

As a member of the 1930 Committee on Training of Merchant Marine Officer Personnel, he strongly supported the need for a national shoreside training facility.  In 1939, when the U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps was searching for an Atlantic Coast location, he allowed the cadets to stay temporarily at his New York Merchant Marine Academy at Fort Schuyler in the Bronx.
His experience as a marine educator and administrator made Capt. Tomb the Academy's choice as the first Superintendent in 1942. Arriving at Kings Point by boat from Fort Schuyler on April 15, 1942 at the age of 66, he immediately tackled the crucial task of overseeing the physical construction of the Academy. He relinquished command of the Academy on October 16, 1943, just over two weeks after the school was dedicated. He retired to private life and died on September 23, 1946.

In the summer of 2000, Tomb Field received a "face-lift" with the installation of FieldTurf's state-of-the-art synthetic system. While most turf systems are simply a carpet with an underpadding, FieldTurf is a synthetic turf designed to create an artificial surface that duplicates the conditions of real grass. This surface looks like grass, feels like grass, and plays like grass. The turf is nonabrasive and allows athletes to slide, pivot, and twist their cleats in the surface.