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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The field house beneath the west side contains
over 70 rooms and 38,000 square feet of floor
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
|Named in memory of James L. Malone,
NLU's winningness football coach.
|September 16, 1978
(NLU 21 Arkansas St. 13)
|133ft. (West side grand stand)
|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:
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)
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