Named for Don Magruder Scott, an Olympic sprinter and one of the University's first football stars, the historic facility (the nations second-oldest campus football stadium) was renovated and expanded in 1985 and 1986 and is currently undergoing the largest expansion project in its history.
The stadium has played host to average attendances within 85 percent of capacity in each of the last nine years as tickets for Bulldog home games have become increasingly scarce. Since Sherrill's arrival prior to the 1991 season, MSU has sold season tickets in school-record proportions, nearing or surpassing the 25,000-mark in each of his nine seasons. In addition, MSU averaged a school-record 39,420 fans for its five home games in 1992, representing 97% of seating capacity.
The 1985-86 construction, which brought the stadium to its present capacity of 40,656, was one of three major expansion projects that have occurred at the stadium's present site. Earlier building efforts in 1936 and 1948 brought capacity at Davis Wade Stadium 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, Davis Wade Stadium was ready for another facelift and an expanded seating potential for the school's growing following.
A $7.2 million drive, 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 Davis Wade Stadium'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. The project also brought the installation of a permanent lighting system and a computerized scoreboard with message center, which was upgraded in the summer of 1997 to a multi-million dollar Sony JumboTron and scoreboard, installed in the north end zone. In addition to providing normal scoreboard functions, the big screen displays large-scale videos, including on-site replays and national interconnectivity.
The largest expansion project in MSU football history began this summer, with plans for a $21 million enlargement of Scott Fields east side. State will soon be in a remodeled facility, complete with 50 luxury skyboxes and an additional 2,000 club level seats.
In the summer of 1999, the Turman Fieldhouse on the south end of the stadium underwent many changes, including enhanced dressing rooms for both teams and a new recruiting lounge for Bulldog football prospects.
The third floor addition to the Turman Fieldhouse at the south end of the stadium 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. This $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.
Scott Fields playing surface is lush Prescription Athletic Turf (PAT), complete with an underground drainage and irrigation system. The field is encircled by a holly-lined sideline fence and end zone landscaping.
Source: Mississippi State University Sports Information Office
On August 7, 1999 - This is a model of MSU's stadium expansion. It is going to increase capacity from 42,000 to 55,000. The new name will Davis Wade Stadium. The additions are the upper deck and luxury sky boxes. It will be started following the '99 season and completed in time for the 2001 season.
MISSISSIPPI STATE PLANS $20 MILLION STADIUM EXPANSION
August 12, 1999
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Mississippi State University is expected to announce a plan this week to add more than 10,000 seats to Davis Wade Stadium along with 50 luxury suites and new club seats. The expansion will be funded with revenue from luxury suites and club seating. Work would begin after this season and be complete in 2001.
In 1986 the stadium underwent a $7.2 million expansion that included 5,500 seats in the upper deck and 2,700 chair back seats. New seats on the ends added 1,700 seats.
February 4, 2010
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Talks are under way for Mississippi State University to expand its football stadium, school officials said. Joe Dier, sports information director, said it's very early in the process to talk about increasing Scott Field an additional 20,000 seats. The capacity seating for Scott Field is 55,082, but a record crowd of 58,103 attended the Bulldogs' contest against eventual BCS national champion Alabama last Nov. 14.
MISSISSIPPI STATE CONSIDERING STADIUM OPTIONS
July 1, 2010
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Starkville, Miss. - Mississippi State University has hired Populous architects to create a master
plan for Davis-Wade Stadium, according to the Greenwood Commonwealth.
Officials told the newspaper they are working on a 20-to-25 year plan that would have a
75,000-seat football stadium on campus in Starkville.
Athletic director Scott Stricklin reportedly told an alumni group in Greenwood that 25 years ago
the stadium sat 30,000. He says now average attendance is about 55,000.
The school is especially looking at premium seating and chair-back seating.
THE ULTIMATE SPORTS ROAD TRIP
By: Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell
September 9, 2010 - Cowbells. A massive, incredibly massive state of the art high definition video board, these are just two of the signature elements of the game day experience at Davis Wade Stadium, home of the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Located in Starkville, Mississippi, this is one of the oldest venues in division 1-A college football, originally opened in 1914, although later construction and expansion projects added a concrete grandstand and more seating capacity. The most recent renovation, completed in 2002, added 50 suites, 1700 club leverl seats and a second upper seating deck to increase capacity to just over 55,000 seats.
But it is the 111x47 new high definition board in the south end zone that catches the eye here. Upon walking up to the stadium, you can’t help but see it as it can be easily spotted even from the highways beyond the campus.
The tailgate area which is a must visit here is an area called “The Junction”. It is named after a defunct railroad line that used to run through this area, and later, a convergence of streets called :The Malfunction Junction” where 6 streets converged onto one spot on the campus. Today it is a pedestrian park just beyond the south wall of the stadium, and here thousands of fans converge t tailgate via a maze of tents and canopies laid out in street grid fashion, without any cars or traffic. It is actually a planned area, with another tradition, “The Dawg Walk”, a parade where the marching band and players and coaches come through this area three hours before game time, cheered on by thousands of fans who are here to party.
With the SEC banning noisemakers in all of their venues, the Bulldogs had to get special permission to allow cowbells into the stadium. To do so, the ringing of the bells can only take place at specific times, and they do a great job with the video board exhorting fans as to ring their bells, even involving the head coach into the process.
On our visit it was the Auburn Tigers, a nationally ranked team in town taking on Mississippi State. Down 17-14, the Bulldogs had the ball in the last two minutes and a chance for the tying or winning score, but their drive fell short at the opponents’ 40 yard line and Auburn managed to run out the clock.
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Mississippi State University will seek approval from the state College Board to add an architecture firm to its plans to expand Davis Wade Stadium, the Jackson Clarion Ledger said. Athletics director Scott Stricklin envisions a 7,000-seat expansion to the 55,082-seat stadium on MSU's campus. MSU will request approval to appoint LPK Architects of Meridian as the design professional in charge of the project. MSU is not yet seeking an estimated $80 million in EBC bonds to fund the project, and that request is expected to come at a later date.
BOARD APPROVES BONDS FOR MISSISSIPPI STATE PROJECT
April 26, 2012
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Starkville, Miss. - Mississippi State took another step toward expanding Davis Wade Stadium
when the state College Board approved the university to issue up to $82 million in bonds in order to finance the project, according to the Starkville Daily News.
The approved project carries an $82 million price tag and will include an addition to the north end zone as well as improvements to the west concourse of the 98-year-old stadium. The north end zone addition would consist of bowling in the area and increasing capacity by roughly 6,000. The area would also include box seating and suites.
State fans will also find a new concourse with fan amenities and additional food service support for the stadium complex. Structural provisions for a future upper deck are also included. Improvements to the west concourse will consist of the addition to the architectural faŤade, a new service and maintenance level, renovated restrooms and concession facilities.
MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin said the expansion project is expected to break ground following the conclusion of the 2012 regular football season.