Bobcat Stadium (Texas State)

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Jim Wacker field at Bobcat Stadium
Bobcat Stadium West Side.jpg
Full name Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium
Former names Bobcat Stadium (1981–2003)[1]
Location 1100 Aquarena Springs Drive
San Marcos, Texas 78666
Coordinates 29°53′28″N 97°55′32″W / 29.89111°N 97.92556°W / 29.89111; -97.92556Coordinates: 29°53′28″N 97°55′32″W / 29.89111°N 97.92556°W / 29.89111; -97.92556
Owner Texas State University System
Operator Texas State University
Executive suites 15
Capacity 30,000
Record attendance 33,006
September 8, 2012
vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Surface FieldTurf
Construction
Broke ground 1979
Opened 1981
Expanded 2012
Tenants
Texas State Bobcats football (1981–present)
San Antonio Riders (WLAF) (1992)

Bobcat Stadium is a football stadium on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. It opened in 1981 and was expanded in 2011–2012 to its present 30,000-seat capacity. Bobcat Stadium has been the home field for the Texas State Bobcats since 1981 and the San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football in 1992. In November 2003, the field was renamed Jim Wacker Field in honor of the former Bobcats football coach and director of athletics.

History[edit]

The End Zone Complex was completed and dedicated in 2002. The facility located in the south end zone of Bobcat Stadium houses the athletic program's football operations. The End Zone Complex also has a full service training center, meeting rooms and coaching staff offices.

The capacity grew to over 16,000 at the beginning of the 2009 football season with the completion of the first phase of a multi-phased expansion. This first phase added The Jerry and Linda Fields West Side Complex, a three-tier structure (by adding onto the existing home side) that includes new premium club seating, with 450 seats, and fifteen luxury suites. The facility's funding came from a donation by Texas State alums Jerry & Linda Fields.[2]

In 2012, a $33,000,000 expansion closing in the north end zone brought the stadium's capacity to 30,000. That season, the average attendance was 18,945 in the program's first season as a Division I FBS member.[3]

During its 25-year history, Bobcat Stadium has been a multi-use facility. It has been the home of the Texas Special Olympics, and site of scenes from the movie, "The Ringer", and the hit NBC TV show, "Friday Night Lights".

Largest Single Game Crowds[edit]

1. Sept 8, 2012 Texas Tech 33,006

2. Sept 13, 2014 Navy 32,007

3. Sept 28, 2013 Wyoming 22,015

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