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Malone Stadium

Malone Stadium

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Address Stadium Drive
Monroe, LA 71203
Phone (318) 342-5361
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  The Facility  
Date Opened September 16, 1978
Ownership
(Management)
University of Louisiana at Monroe
(University of Louisiana at Monroe)
Surface Bermuda Tifway
Cost of Construction $2.5 Million
Capacity 30,427
Luxury Suites 17 Suites
Club Seats 300
  Other Facts  
Tenants ULM Warhawks
(NCAA) (1978-Present)
Population Base 146,000
On Site Parking 1,000
Nearest Airport Monroe Regional Airport (MLU)


Sources: Mediaventures

The home of the ULM Warhawks since 1978, Malone Stadium enters its 31st year in service. The stadium underwent a major facelift in 2007, with a new field surface and continued in 2008 with restoration to the back hallway, which houses the locker room, team meeting rooms and more. The Warhawks' new field is state-of-the-art and features ProPlay monofilament fiber “grass” with a shock and drain pad, and Envirofill clear-coated sand infill.

The monofilament fiber is more realistic in appearance than older synthetic turf fields, while the shock pad serves as an injury prevention enhancement to the field.

The clear-coated sand infill has three significant benefits over older systems that use the ground-up black rubber infill: 1) it does not absorb heat like the ground-up black rubber, making for a cooler playing surface; 2) it does not compact over time, saving on future maintenance; and 3) it does not fly up during use or migrate, meaning it will stay in place better, not clog drainage systems, become an eye irritant during play, or get tracked into locker rooms.

2007 season saw two of the top six attended games in the stadium's history on Nov. 10, 30,101 fans packed Malone Stadium to watch the Warhawks and Grambling State play, marking the first time that 30,000 had attended a game in the stadium. 22,022 fans came out for the season opener against Tulsa on ESPN2, which was the fifth largest crowd at the time.

Other renovations over the last five years include the replacement of the press box/sky box elevator. Construction was completed in 2003 and the new elevator is larger, faster and more effi cient to accommodate the media and booster club members.

Handrails were added in 2003 on the west side bleachers in both the lower and upper decks. The east side bleachers were expanded by 8,350 seats in 1993, the last season of I-AA competition, to give Malone its current capacity of 30,427.

Prior to the new turf and elevator, the most recent addition was nine east side corporate suites. The suites, which comfortably seat 20 people each, include restrooms and a kitchen area and are located between the upper and lower east side levels.

In its first season, the stadium consisted of only the west side skyscraper. By 1979, the fieldhouse beneath the west stands and east side seating were completed and the playing surface was upgraded.

By the early 1980's, ULM was averaging 18,000 fans per game, making an expansion necessary. The east side stands were extended into each end zone in 1983 and the booster skybox was renovated and expanded in 1985, raising the seating capacity from 20,000 to 23,277. Press box enlargement and the addition of two camera decks in 1991 dropped that figure to 22,077 prior to the 1993 enlargement.

In 1995, ULM again averaged over 18,000 fans (18,057), posting the third-highest season attendance mark in school history. The Warhawks set a then-record by drawing 24,842 fans for the Minnesota game in 1996 and broke that mark in 1998 when 28,725 fans attended the ULMLouisiana Tech game.

Included in the west side press box is the Skybox, which accommodates 304 of ULM's top athletic boosters in theater-type seating. The upper level seats 120 and contains the main press area, the president's box, athletic director's box, booths for home and visiting radio crews, the public address announcer and coaches from both teams.

The field house beneath the west side contains over 70 rooms and 38,000 square feet of floor space.

Special features include dressing rooms with new lockers, tutor rooms, team and position meeting rooms, visiting team facilities, the ULM sports medicine complex, the equipment room, a sports video lab and a laundry room. The football coaches, athletics director and athletic ticket offi ces are also housed in Malone Stadium. The Scogin Room, used for VIP and booster functions, is also in the field house.

Completing the fieldhouse is the weight and conditioning room, a 100-by-96-foot area with synthetic turf that allows ULM's student-athletes a large and comfortable area to work in the offseason.

Courtesy of Louisiana-Monroe Athletics

The largest portion of the stadium is the two-deck concrete structure on the west side.  Most of the stadium's 2,972 chair back seats, as well as 20 open air corporate boxes and seating for those with special needs are located on the lower concourse. At the top of the upper level seating is located a two-level skybox. The bottom floor of the skybox houses over 300 theater-style seats for top athletic boosters. The top level of the skybox, which seats over 100, consists of eight separate box suites for use by the working press, NLU's President, NLU's Athletic Director, Public Address and Scoreboard operators, home and visiting team coaches, and home and visiting team radio. There are plans to add an additional suite for the visiting team Athletic Director. The west side of Malone Stadium is elevated 133 feet above ground level. 

The east side seating is also a double-deck structure. Current renovations will add nine enclosed corporate suites which will be completed for the 1998 season. In addition, there are plans to replace the south end zone scoreboard with a more modern board. The new scoreboard structure will provide a large color matrix board, new stadium sound system and filming platforms.

Malone Stadium Quick Facts
Name:
 
Named in memory of James L. Malone, 
NLU's winningness football coach.
First Game:
September 16, 1978 
(NLU 21 Arkansas St. 13) 
Capacity:
30,427
Height:
133ft. (West side grand stand) 
Playing Surface:
Bermuda Tifway 
Largest Crowd:
24,842  - NLU vs. Minnesota (09/07/96)
 

Housed beneath the west side grandstand of Malone Stadium is the NLU Athletic Training Center.  Located in the over 38,000 square foot facility are the following:
 

Weight Room  
Varsity Football Locker Room  
Football Equipment Room  
Charlie Martin Athletic Training Room  
Football team and position meeting rooms 
Academic tutor rooms  
Student Athlete Computer Lab  
Sports Video Lab  
Visiting team facilities  
J.H. Scogin Room (Multi-purpose)  
Laundry room

In addition to the training complex, the west side of Malone Stadium accommodates the administration offices of the athletic department, ticket office, and football coaches offices.

Source: NE Louisianna Tech Sports Information Office

ULM Warhawks

Malone Stadium
Malone Stadium

1978-Present



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