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Floyd Casey Stadium
Former namesBaylor Stadium (1950–1988)
Location3088 Burnett Avenue
Waco, TX 76711
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Broke groundMay 28, 1949[1]
OpenedSeptember 30, 1950
Renovated1989
OwnerBaylor University
OperatorBaylor University
SurfaceGrass 1950 to 1971 and 1998 to 2003
Astroturf 1972 to 1997
Prestige System SportGrass ( artificial) 2004 to present
Construction cost$1.5 million
($13.7 million in 2019 dollars[2])
ArchitectWillard Simpson[3]
General ContractorSwigert Construction Company[4]
Capacity50,000
Tenants
Baylor Bears (NCAA) (1950–present)

Floyd Casey Stadium is a stadium in Waco, Texas. It is primarily used for football, and is the home field of the Baylor Bears. Floyd Casey Stadium is about four miles from the Baylor campus. Floyd Casey Stadium was built in 1950 and cost $1.8 million dollars to construct. It opened under the name Baylor Stadium in 1950 with a game against Houston, won by Baylor 34-7, and has room for 50,000 people. In a 2006 game against Texas A&M University, the modern attendance record of 51,385 was established, as the Aggies triumphed with a 31-21 final score.[5]

Originally known as Baylor Stadium, the stadium received its current name at halftime of the Homecoming game on November 5, 1988, when it was renamed for Floyd Casey by his son, university trustee and longtime booster Carl B. Casey of Dallas, who gave US$5 million towards an $8 million renovation project.

The stadium has been renovated several times. In 1998, the stadium installed SportGrass, a leading artificial grass surface. In 2005, the stadium underwent massive renovations to extend the Grant Teaff Plaza as a memorial to former head coach Grant Teaff. The extended plaza created much-needed updates to the stadium's façade.

The stadium is an elongated oval shape, running southeast-northwest, with large grandstands on the sidelines. The southeast endzone is cleared, with athletic marks painted on the ground and the large LED scoreboard behind it. (Prior to the creation of the current athletic marks, the area was painted gold, with "BAYLOR" painted in large green block letters.) In 2004, a large tarp was installed that covers the South end zone seating and can be removed when ticket demand necessitates it. With the tarp in place, seating capacity is reduced to 45,000. Since installation of the Tarp, only one game (against Texas A&M in 2006) exceeded this 45,000 attendance level necessitating the removal of the Tarp. The northwest endzone has seating in front of the Carl & Thelma Casey Athletic Center, site of the football offices, training facilities & stadium field house.

Prior to the building of the stadium, the team had played at Carroll Field, an on-campus field last used in 1935, and Waco/Municipal Stadium on Dutton Avenue.

In the spring of 2012, Baylor regents approved a new on-campus stadium to be built adjacent to Interstate 35 and the Brazos River. Baylor Stadium is expected to replace Floyd Casey in time for the 2014 football season.[6]

Attendance recordsEdit

Attendance Date Opponent Score
1. 51,385 10-28-06 Texas A&M 21-31 L
2. 51,218 10-21-95 Texas A&M 9-24 L
3. 51,200 10-26-74 Texas A&M 0-20 L
4. 50,267 10-19-91 Texas A&M 12-34 L
5. 50,000 11-5-60 Texas 7-12 L
6. 49,500 10-27-56 Texas A&M 13-19 L
7. 48,756 10-19-85 Texas A&M 20-15 W
8. 48,500 9-15-79 Texas A&M 17-7 W
T8. 48,500 11-22-80 Texas 16-0 W
10. 48,394 11-11-72 Texas 3-17 L
11. 47,900 11-6-76 Arkansas 7-7 T
12. 47,200 9-20-75 Arkansas 3-41 L
13. 46,812 10-17-87 Texas A&M 10-34 L
14. 46,543 12-03-11 Texas 48-24 W[7]
15. 46,300 9-20-75 Auburn 10-10 T
16. 46,000 9-15-73 Oklahoma 14-42 L
T16. 46,000 11-8-80 Arkansas 42-15 W
18. 45,800 9-10-77 Texas Tech 7-17 L
19. 45,649 11-24-90 Texas 13-23 L
20. 45,565 10-21-89 Texas A&M 11-14 L
21. 45,500 11-20-76 Texas 20-10 W
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