MSU Soccer Field
Located on the north side of the Mississippi State University campus, the MSU Soccer Field is situated in the heart of the University's impressive physical plant. It joins W.O. Spencer Stadium (track and field), Dudy-Noble Field/Polk Dement Stadium (baseball), the MSU Softball Field and the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre to give Mississippi State one of the finest Olympic sport venues in collegiate athletics.
The facility features a main grandstand area which accommodates more than 500 people with opportunities for expansion in the future.
The MSU Soccer Field will unveil its newest addition, a state-of-the-art scoreboard and video board, when the Bulldogs kick-off the 2009 campaign on Aug. 23. The newest addition, which will rank among one of the finest in the Southeastern Conference, includes an LED-based scoreboard display and advertising spaces surrounding a 15'x10' video board.
The new scoreboard comes a year after the program debuted a 2,600 square-foot brick facility which houses a concession stand, men's and women's restrooms and a spacious press box.
The press facility is divided into four separate work areas, with each equipped with hi-speed internet and telephone access. It is also setup to accommodate television and team video personnel. The MSU Soccer Field also includes covered dugouts for participating teams.
Hailed as one of the top playing surfaces in the Southeastern Conference, the field stretches 114 yards long and 72 yards wide. The regulation NCAA Championship field features Mississippi Pride grass - developed by researchers on the Mississippi State campus - making it home to one of the finest playing surfaces in the country. A grounds crew, supervised by groundskeeper Bart Prather, is responsible for the field maintenance of the Mississippi State Soccer Field.
To reflect the strong commitment to constant improvement on the field, the Mississippi State locker facilities have undergone a drastic renovation over the course of the past three years. Custom-made wooden lockers complete with spacious storage areas, along with a 52" color television and brand new carpets, have been installed to give the facility a championship feel.
Lights were added just after the conclusion of the 2002 campaign, equipping the facility for evening competition and giving it an added amenity that can only translate into better atmospheres.
In its 14 seasons at the MSU Soccer Field, the Mississippi State women's program has posted a 58-64-8 (.492) overall record and, in 1996, tallied a program-best 12-2 record at home, including a 9-0 mark against non-conference foes. Mississippi State has also shut out its opponent 33 times in front of its home fans.
The program's improvement can be felt with the size of the home crowds as well. In 2004, Mississippi State established a new program high for average and total attendance as a program-high 4,411 fans made their way to 10 Bulldog home dates (441 avg.). Of the top 10 MSU Soccer Field attendance marks, seven were set over the course of the past six seasons, including a standing-room-only crowd of 743 that witnessed MSU's double overtime victory over Auburn on regional television in 2001. In 2007, the ninth-largest crowd in facility history witnessed the Bulldogs' 3-1 win over Alabama, while the third-most fans in school annals (673) cheered MSU in it's 2008 season-opening win over Mississippi Valley State.
Mississippi State will play host to eight matches during the 2009 campaign, including five Southeastern Conference match ups.
The Bulldogs will also play host to a very attractive non-conference schedule that opens Aug. 23 with defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Mississippi Valley State. The pre-conference slate also includes matches against Troy and East Tennessee State.