Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field
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What They Say About Davis Wade Stadium
Head coach Dan Mullen and the Mississippi State Bulldogs return to the raucous atmosphere of Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field in 2015 riding an eight-game home winning streak. In 2014, the Bulldogs tied the single-season school record for home victories, posting a 7-0 mark en route to the program’s first No. 1 national ranking.
Nineteen of the top 20 crowds in stadium history have come during Mullen’s tenure as head coach of the Bulldogs.
Christened after Olympic sprinter Don Magruder Scott, one of State’s first football superstars, the 101-year-old historic facility (the nation’s second-oldest Division I-A campus football stadium) has undergone five renovation and expansion projects during its history. The first game at Scott Field came with an MSU win over Marion (Ala.) Military Institute, 54-0, on Oct. 3, 1914.
More than $100 million in football projects have been initiated in the last few years. Of that figure, $75 million of it went towards the nationally-praised 2014 Davis Wade expansion.
The latest addition of note was the expansion of the north end zone completed in August 2014 which increased capacity to 61,337, provided additional premium seating, elevators, restrooms and concessions, and a completely new west side concourse. Construction began in August 2012.
The construction contract for the project was awarded to the Harrell Contracting Group of Jackson, Miss. Harrell won the construction project in a university sealed bid process.
The north end zone addition created a total of 8,815 new seats, which, factored with the loss of the previously existing bleacher seating in the north end zone, resulted in a net 6,255-seat increase. Included in those 8,815 seats were 7,076 grandstand seats, 1,155 Scoreboard Club seats, 236 loge seats, 22 traditional suites totaling approximately 288 seats and 60 field-level suite seats. Additionally, standing room availability and ADA-compliant seating were also included in the project.
Also included in the north end zone is a non-seated, field level premium area, The Gridiron, which provides club-like amenities to any season ticket holder who buys a membership regardless of that person’s stadium seat location. The new area became a fan favorite during the 2014 season. Following all seven of the Bulldogs’ home wins, the team sang the alma mater and then took a victory lap in front of The Gridiron. The visiting team locker room was also relocated to the north end zone addition, allowing the gameday recruiting center to expand in its current location.
The north end also features a new high-definition video board similar in size to the one currently standing on the stadium’s south end, which is among the largest in college athletics.
The west side renovation showcases a rebuilt concourse under the west stands, the addition of four high-capacity elevators, an increase in restroom and concession point of sale facilities and a brick facade that matches the new construction on the north. In 2014, fans see the number of elevators at Davis Wade Stadium more than double (from five to 12), the restroom fixture total nearly double (from 313 to 621), and permanent concession point of sale positions increase by over 40 percent (from 110 to 156).
For media, the project included a new television compound away from the stadium proper. The TV compound is now located west of the stadium, allowing network broadcast trucks to connect to stadium equipment via underground cable runs.
The renovation and expansion was funded by the sale of $68 million in bonds and $7 million in private giving. Private contributions for the stadium project were part of the Bulldog Club’s Today. Tomorrow. Forever Athletics Facilities Initiative, which is completely independent of annual giving and priority seating donations.
Construction and renovation design for the Davis Wade Stadium expansion and renovation was handled by local architect LPK of Meridian, Miss., along with national sports consultants 360 Architecture of Kansas City. The design team engineered the north end zone facility to support future expansion of approximately 5,000 seats, including 22 additional suites and an upper deck.
The 2014 renovation and expansion came on the heels of installing $1.4 million LED ribbon boards in the summer of 2011. The project, funded by the Bulldog Club, is located in the upper deck facades on the east and west sides, and brings fans in-game graphics, scores, stats and other pertinent information to improve the game-day experience.
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.
The last previous 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.
Earlier building efforts in 1936 and 1948 brought capacity at Scott Field to 35,000 seats and provided the basic concrete grandstand structure (35 years after the ‘48 expansion, the end zone seating structures were removed, lowering the capacity to 32,000 in 1983). But after 25 years, Scott Field was ready for another facelift and an expanded seating potential for the school’s growing following.
A $7.2 million drive in 1986, spearheaded by former MSU athletic director Carl Maddox and an active group of university and community leaders, financed the addition of 9,000 seats to Scott Field’s capacity without the use of appropriated state funding. A 5,500-seat upper deck, an additional 1,700 chairback seats that extend from the stadium’s original structure, and another 1,000 chairback seats flanking the Bob Hartley Press Box on the second level were added to the west side. Two 1,700-seat sections were added to the east side stands to bring capacity to 40,656.
Other improvements to the stadium have also been made. In the summer of 1999, the Turman Fieldhouse on the south end of the stadium underwent many changes, including enhanced dressing rooms and a new recruiting lounge for Bulldog football prospects.
The third floor addition to the Turman Fieldhouse -- the Leo Seal M-Club -- houses a heritage room and game-day gathering place for former Bulldog athletes, and serves as one of the campus’ more popular meeting places. The $1.4 million project, completed in 1990, was made possible through the generosity of MSU alumnus and former Bulldog football letterman Leo Seal Jr., who named the building in honor of his father, also a two-year football letterwinner at State.
Earning a reputation of being one of the nation’s toughest places to play, the facility has been host to average attendances in excess of 55,000 the last six seasons. In fact, the last 10 years have seen the largest cumulative totals in the stadium’s history.
In 2011, Mullen and his program watched as each game recorded a then 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 was then the highest ever for a six-game schedule at the venue.
State fans broke the school record for total attendance again in 2013 with 389,868 total fans, including a seven-game record average of 55,695. On Nov. 16, 2013, 57,211 people wrapped in Maroon and White attended the Alabama game, the fourth-largest crowd in school history.
During the memorable 2014 campaign, the first in the new expansion, MSU set attendance records for single-season total attendance (427,892), single-game average attendance (61,127) and single-game attendance (62,945). The 2014 Bulldogs also tied the school record for home wins as their 7-0 mark matched the 1999 team. The seven home victories also helped State to the first 10-win regular season in program history.
National media have proclaimed the new north end zone expansion has arguably made Davis Wade Stadium the noisiest from start to finish in college football. A sea of maroon and white in The Junction turned out for the first-ever SEC Nation broadcast in Starkville on the SEC Network prior to State’s thumping of Texas A&M on Oct. 4. One week later, ESPN College GameDay made its first appearance in Starkville on Oct. 11 as No. 3 MSU battled No. 2 Auburn in a matchup of the highest ranked teams in the stadium’s history. ESPN personality Lee Corso donned a Bulldog mascot head to a roar from the crowd. Hours later, MSU topped Auburn, 38-23, before a record crowd of 62,945 in the loudest game in school history. The victory ascended the program to its first No. 1 national ranking.
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.
Entering the 2015 season, a total of 9,027,247 Bulldog fans have entered the turnstiles at Davis Wade Stadium since 1970. Fans have been out in full force for the Maroon and White in Starkville as 37 of the last 40 games in Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field have been sellouts.
On the heels of the stadium expansion and the most successful regular season in program history in 2014, MSU set a school record in the summer of 2015 for single-season ticket sales for the second-straight year and the third time in four years.
BY THE NUMBERS
The cost of Mississippi State’s expansion and renovation to Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field in 2014.
Number of Bulldog fans who have attended a game at Davis Wade Stadium since 1970.
Fans who passed through the turnstiles of Davis Wade Stadium in 2013, the most people to attend a single season in school history.
The new capacity of Davis Wade Stadium following the expansion and renovation.
Fans who watched No. 3 MSU play No. 2 Auburn on Oct. 11, 2014, the largest single-game attendance in stadium history.
The highest single-game average for a single season in school history, occurring in 2011.
Total wins at Scott Field.
State’s all-time record in homecoming games.
Head Coach Dan Mullen’s home record in his five years in Starkville.
The school record for consecutive home victories, set from Sept. 23, 1939 - Nov. 22,
Head Coach Dan Mullen enters 2014 having won 11-straight home games against non-conference opponents.
The best home record in school history, set by the 1999 and 2014 Bulldog squads.
HISTORY OF SCOTT FIELD
1914 – Mississippi A&M’s football field moves to its current stadium location and is called the “New Athletic Field.”
1920 – Student body adopts a resolution name the field Scott Field in honor of Don Scott, famed Olympic runner and Bulldog football standout from 1915-16.
1928 – Permanent seating for 3,000 fans is built on the west side of Scott Field at a cost of $15,000. In addition portable stands are placed on the east side of the field with a similar capacity.
1936 – Construction begins on concrete stands on the west side with Works Progress Administration labor. The new concrete facility will seat 8,000, while bleachers on the east side and in the end zone bring capacity to 20,000.
1948 – Scott Field is enlarged to 35,000 by increasing the west side concrete stands to 15,000 and the construction of 12,000 concrete seats on the east side of the stadium.
1983 – End zone seating structures are removed, reducing capacity to 32,000.
1986 – A $7.2 million expansion occurs, adding 9,000 seats to Scott Field’s west side, including a 5,500-seat upper deck, 1,700 chairback seats extending from the stadium’s original structure, and another 1,000 chairbacks flanking the press box. Two 1,700-seat sections are also added to the west side stands, bringing total capacity to 40,656.
1999 – Plans are announced for the largest expansion project in stadium history. A $30-million effort, backed largely by longtime MSU supporter Davis Wade, will add an estimated 10,500 seats and 50 luxury skyboxes, bringing total capacity to approximately 55,000 by the 2002 season. The new stadium, when completed, is renamed Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field.
2005 – Permanent end zone seating replaces temporary bleacher seating at the north end of the stadium, bringing official capacity to 55,082.
2012 - Construction begins on a $75-million expansion of the north end zone and the renovation of the west side concourse, bringing official capacity to 61,337.
2014 - In a 49-0 win over Southern Miss on Saturday, Aug. 30, MSU celebrates 100 years of Scott Field and officially opens the new north end zone expansion before a record crowd of 61,889. The record would later be broken that season when Auburn came to town.
AGE BEFORE BEAUTY
Last season, MSU celebrated 100 years of Scott Field in conjunction with the expansion and renovation of Davis Wade Stadium, which was originally built in 1914. With a capacity now of 61,337, Davis Wade Stadium is the largest stadium in the state of Mississippi. Scott Field is the second-oldest stadium in FBS behind Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium.
OLDEST STADIUMS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL
|1.||Franklin Field||Penn||1895||Pennsylvania, Penn.|
|2.||Harvard Stadium||Harvard||1903||Boston, Mass.|
|3.||Bobby Dodd Stadium||Georgia Tech||1913||Atlanta, Ga.|
|4.||Yale Bowl||Yale||1913||New Haven, Conn.|
|5.||Davis Wade Stadium||Mississippi State||1914||Starkville, Miss.|
While it may be one of the oldest in college football, it is in no way outdated. The $75-million renovation and expansion that was completed in 2014 makes it the only stadium among the top five oldest in FBS to be expanded since 2005.
MSU is second nationally in percentage of average attendance increase in the last 10 years based on stadiums over 60,000 capacity. In 2004, State’s average attendance was 43,792, while in 2014 it was 61,127, marking a percentage increase of 39.6. MSU trails only Texas A&M, which saw a 41.1 percentage increase from 2004-14.
State ranked ninth among FBS teams in largest average attendance increase from the previous year with a jump from 55,695 in 2013 to 61,127 in 2014 - a change in average of 5,432.