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Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field
The "Dawg Pound"
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Location Lee Blvd & Moore Rd, Starkville, MS 39759
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Opened 1914
Renovated 1982, 2002, 2014
Expanded 1936, 1948, 1986, 2002, 2014
Owner Mississippi State University
Operator Mississippi State University
Surface Prescription Athletic Turf (natural grass)
Construction cost $21 million (2002 renovation)
Architect Foil Wyatt Architects (2002 renovation)
Former names Scott Field (1914–2000)
Tenants Mississippi State University Bulldogs (NCAA) (1914–present)
Capacity 20,000 (1914-1935)
32,000 (1936-1947)
35,000 (1948-1982)
32,000 (1983-1985)
40,656 (1986-2000)
45,286 (2001)
52,884 (2002)
55,082 (2003-2013)
61,337 (2014)

Davis Wade Stadium is the home playing venue for the Mississippi State Bulldogs football team. Located in Starkville, Mississippi, the stadium has a capacity of 55,082. It is the second-oldest stadium in the Football Bowl Subdivision, behind Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium.

HistoryEdit

The stadium was built in 1914 as Scott Field and was named for Don Magruder Scott, an Olympic sprinter and one of the University's first football stars. It originally seated 20,000 fans in what is roughly the lower half of the current facility.

Construction projects in 1936 and 1948 resulted in a concrete grandstand structure with a capacity of 35,000. In 1983, the endzone seating was removed, reducing the capacity to 32,000. A 1986 expansion costing $7.2 million, raised without state budget appropriations, added almost 9,000 seats, consisting primarily of a 5,500-seat upper deck as well as permanent lighting and a computerized scoreboard which was replaced in 1997 with a Sony JumboTron. The Frank Turman Fieldhouse received an additional floor to its facility in 1990. Named the Leo W. Seal M-Club Centre, the addition was named in honor of Leo W. Seal, Sr., a two-year letterwinner at State, is a meeting place for the letterman organization, the M-Club. In 1999, the Turman Fieldhouse underwent numerous changes, including remodeled dressing rooms for both teams, and an all-new recruiting lounge.

In 1999, the stadium began a $50 million expansion and renovation bankrolled by Floyd Davis Wade, Sr., cofounder and director of Aflac, which was completed in 2002. As a result, the stadium was renamed Davis Wade Stadium in his honor in 2000. The playing surface is still known as Scott Field. As part of the project, the stadium was turned into a horseshoe seating 55,082—including 50 skyboxes, 1,700 club-level seats and a second upper deck seating 7,000.

The first Division I-A college football game played post 9-11 was in this stadium between Mississippi State and the South Carolina Gamecocks on September 20, 2001, and broadcast on ESPN.

In Fall 2008, in the south endzone, above the Leo Seal M-Club Centre, construction finished on an all-new $6.1 million Script error wide by Script error tall high-definition video display board to replace the JumboTron that was installed in the north endzone in 1997. The LED video system is the seventh largest high-definition video board in college football. The new board was used for the first time on November 1, 2008, during the Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Kentucky Wildcats football game. The main video display is complemented with two high definition LED advertising boards on each side of the main board, as well as a high definition LED "ribbon ticker" which spans the width of the structure below the main board. Therefore, the total video board square footage (on one structure) is 6,896 sq. ft.[1] To complement the all-new video system, a new state-of-the-art sound system has been installed by Pro Sound, headquartered in Miami, Florida.[2]

Since October 2009, Davis Wade Stadium has seen twenty-one consecutive sellouts, a stretch of two seasons and an increase in season ticket sales. The stadium's attendance record was broken twice during the 2009 season, including the Florida (57,178) and Alabama (58,103) games. Before the 2012 Season Mississippi State announced plans for a 75 million dollar expansion. The expansion will increase the capacity of the stadium to 61,337, create new concessions and restrooms, and create a new west side concourse. Part of the expansion includes sealing off the north endzone and installing a large high definition video board, similar to the one in the south endzone.[3] Mississippi State says construction will begin at the end of the 2012 season and should be completed before the 2014 season.[4] The project is being handled by the architecture firms LPK and 360 Architecture.[5]

FactsEdit

  • The record attendance for a football game is 58,103, set on November 14, 2009 against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Davis Wade Stadium
  • The entire concourse area underneath the East Upper Deck is sealed and climate-controlled.
  • Davis Wade Stadium is one of the locations of the Egg Bowl, the annual rivalry match up between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Ole Miss Rebels of the University of Mississippi. The game alternates between Davis Wade Stadium and Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on the Ole Miss campus. The 100th game between the teams was played at Davis Wade Stadium. Because of the way the locations alternate from year to year, Mississippi State hosts on the odd-numbered years and Ole Miss hosts on the even-numbered years.
  • Davis Wade Stadium is sometimes referred to as the "Dawg Pound" and is home to the dance called the "Dawg Pound Rock."
  • Mississippi State is credited with being the first to use the song Who Let The Dogs Out? at a sporting event. It was played before and during Mississippi State football games and was used for the Dawg Pound Rock once it was moved from the field to the sidelines. Although put on hiatus during Sylvester Croom's tenure as Mississippi State head coach, the Dawg Pound Rock and the song made a popular return in the 2009 season.


Davis Wade Stadium Attendance Records <TR> <TD BGCOLOR="#800000">Rank</TD> <TD BGCOLOR="#800000">Attendance</TD> <TD BGCOLOR="#800000">Date</TD> <TD BGCOLOR="#800000">Game Result</TD>
01. 58,103 11-14-2009 Miss State 3, Alabama 31
02. 57,871 11-12-2011 Miss State 7, Alabama 24
03. 57,831 10-13-2012 Miss State 41, Tennessee 31
04. 57,178 10-24-2009 Miss State 19, Florida 29
05. 56,924 09-15-2011 Miss State 6, LSU 19
06. 56,721 09-25-2010 Miss State 24, Georgia 12
07. 56,423 10-23-2010 Miss State 29, UAB 24
08. 56,407 11-20-2010 Miss State 31, Arkansas 38
09. 56,118 11-10-2007 Miss State 17, Alabama 12
10. 56,111 09-08-2012 Miss State 28, Auburn 10

TraditionsEdit

  • The Junction is a grassy park on campus where Bulldog fans tailgate under tents during sports weekends. It is named The Junction for the railroad (and the defunct railroad bed later)that ran through the tailgating area prior to the construction of The Junction. It also replaced "Malfunction Junction", a set of adjacent intersections where 6 different streets entered into campus. The streets were rerouted around the area and a pedestrian park was built, then "The Junction" developed on the site. While many Bulldog fans tailgate in other places on campus, The Junction is unique in that it allows thousands of fans to tailgate under tents directly in front of the stadium without cars or traffic. The Junction has been referred to as the “premier tailgate experience” by the Birmingham-based firm contracted for its design and development. [1]
  • The "Dawg Walk" is held approximately three hours before each home game. This is where the team and coaches walk through The Junction to the stadium with the MSU band playing and thousands of Bulldog fans lining the walk, cheering the players on.
  • One of the Bulldogs' proudest and longest traditions is the ringing of cowbells. From 1977 to 2009, "artificial noisemakers" were banned by the SEC, including cowbells, but fans continued to bring them in even though administrators encouraged fans not to use cowbells and security guards "search" you upon entry. There could be as many as 40,000 cowbells in the stadium during a big game. In the 2010 season, a compromise was reached on a trial basis allowing fans to legally bring cowbells under SEC rules to games at Davis Wade Stadium as long as the cowbells were only used at sanctioned times: Pregame, quarter breaks and Half-time, Time Outs, and when Mississippi State scores.

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