Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field
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Head coach Dan Mullen and the Mississippi State Bulldogs return to the boisterous atmosphere of Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field in 2013, when State will play an electrifying seven-game home schedule.
Christened after Olympic sprinter Don Magruder Scott, one State's first football superstars, the 97-year-old historic facility (the nation's second-oldest Division I-A campus football stadium) has undergone four renovation and expansion projects during its history.
Thanks to 23 consecutive home sellouts entering the 2013 season, more than $100 million in football projects have been initiated in the last few years. Of that figure, $80 million of it is for the much-anticipated 2014 Davis Wade expansion, which will include 5,000 to 7,000 new seats.
One of the most talked about features at Davis Wade however is one of college football's largest high-definition video boards, located in the south end zone of the stadium. The $6.1 million true HD board spans the roof of the Leo Seal M-Club Center in the south end zone at Scott Field. The board measures 152 feet wide by 135 feet, 6 inches tall, with a main HD screen 111 feet wide by 47 feet high. It is the largest true high definition board in the Southeastern Conference and the second largest nationally.
The latest expansion came in the summer of 2000 and raised capacity to 55,082 with the addition of 50 skyboxes and 1,700 club-level seats. The expansion continued into the 2001 season with the addition of 7,000 upper-deck seats. The entire project, completed at a cost in excess of $30 million, was made possible, in large part, by a financial commitment from the late Floyd Davis Wade Sr., of Meridian, Miss., for whom the stadium itself is now named.
During the 2010 campaign, Bulldog fans smashed nearly all stadium records that had been previously set. During the seven-game schedule, a total of 384,995 fans entered Davis Wade Stadium, smashing the 2009 record by over 8,000. The home campaign also saw a record average 54,999 fans a game while notching three of the stadium's top five crowds ever (Georgia, UAB, Arkansas). The home campaign witnessed the Bulldogs win at least five home games for the sixth time in school history.
In 2011, Mullen and his program watched as each game recorded a top-15 all-time attendance mark at Davis Wade Stadium, including 57,871 against Alabama (second) and 56,924 vs. LSU (fourth). The 335,695 total fans to watch a game in Starkville last fall was the highest ever for a six-game schedule at Davis Wade Stadium.
Scott Field's playing surface, which hosted 16-straight home victories between 1998-2000, is lush Hybrid Bermuda Grass (Certified Tifway 419), complete with a brand-new underground drainage and irrigation system. The field is encircled by a holly-lined sideline fence and end zone landscaping.