|Davis Wade Sr. reviews plans for Scott Field's latest renovation with former head coach Jackie Sherrill and athletic director Larry Templeton in 2000.|
A portion of the total project was already in place for the 2001 Bulldog campaign, as 50 luxury skyboxes and 1,700 premium chairback seats were completed. Patrons of those chairback seats also have access to a 17,000-square foot lounge area, complete with a pregame buffet.
Approximately 7,600 seats were added to finish out the east side's upper deck.
The overall expansion effort was initiated largely due to the financial contributions of Mr. Floyd Davis Wade Sr. of Meridian, Miss. The late Mr. Wade, who was a longtime supporter of Bulldog athletics, made a financial commitment to aid MSU in beginning the project in 1999.
In May 2001, Mr. Wade made another multi-million dollar stadium gift. Given in honor of his son, Floyd Wade Jr., the most recent contribution helped fund the construction of the new club level seating on the east side of Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. The club level is known as the Floyd Wade Jr. Club Level.
Mr. Wade, originally from Newton County, Miss., spent a large part of his adult life in Georgia, where he was a director for AFLAC (American Family Life Assurance Corporation). Always an avid Mississippi State fan, his enthusiasm extended to increased support of the university.
Mr. Wade often contributed philanthropically to the education and welfare of his community. He was instrumental in funding the city of Douglas, Ga., baseball park, the South Georgia College baseball field, and a UMC biochemistry research fund. The Wade family also donated the land for the Habitat for Humanity and a City of Newton Park.
For his generosity, MSU's football stadium now bears Mr. Wade's name, while the playing surface will retain its moniker of Scott Field - the entire complex becoming "Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field."
Additionally, Mr. and Mrs. Cullis Wade of Bogalusa, La., have made a substantial gift to the stadium project. Cullis Wade, a 1940 MSU graduate in electrical engineering, is the first cousin of the late Davis Wade Sr.
"We are extremely grateful to Mr. Wade for his generous contributions to our athletic program," MSU athletic director Larry Templeton said. "This project continues our commitment to keeping our athletic facilities among the best in the Southeastern Conference and will help us remain competitive on the national level."