Delaware Stadium

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Delaware Stadium
The Tub
Location South College Avenue
Newark, DE 19716
Broke ground August 3, 1951
Opened November 15, 1952
Renovated 1993
Expanded 1964, 1970, 1972, 1975
Owner University of Delaware
Operator University of Delaware Athletics Department
Surface FieldTurf
Construction cost $182,000[1]
($1.62 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Capacity 22,000 (1998–present)[3]
23,000 (1979–1998)
21,500 (1970–1978)
13,500 (1964–1969)
10,000 (1958–1963)
9,000 (1952–1957)
Tenants
University of Delaware Blue Hens football (NCAA) (1952 – present)
University of Delaware Men's Lacrosse (NCAA) (2010 – present)
University of Delaware Women's Lacrosse (NCAA) (2011 – present)

Delaware Stadium is a 22,000-seat multi-purpose stadium in Newark, Delaware, and is home to the University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team. The stadium is part of the David M. Nelson Athletic Complex, which includes the Bob Carpenter Center, Fred P. Rullo Stadium, the Fred Rust Ice Arena and the Delaware Field House.

History[edit]

Delaware Stadium opened on November 15, 1952 with the Blue Hens defeating Lafayette 13–12. Delaware Stadium has expanded with the growth of the university, with seating expansions in 1964, 1970, 1972, and 1975. Upgrades to the seating and facilities were made in 1992–93, along with a resurfacing of the field and reconstruction of the drainage and irrigation systems. Prior to the 2000 season, the university installed permanent lighting at the stadium, consisting of eight stanchions casting broadcast quality light. The first night game in Delaware Stadium history was played against The Citadel on September 9, 2000 with 22,075 in attendance.[3]

The Blue Hens have been among the attendance leaders in I-AA/FCS for over 30 years, with a fan base as loyal as those of major FBS teams. For a typical Blue Hen home game, Delaware Stadium becomes the fourth-largest city in the state (behind Wilmington, Dover and Newark itself). Average attendance for the 2006 season was 21,825; second only to the University of Montana. By comparison, most FCS teams attract 10,000 on a good day. Delaware is the only NCAA FCS team in the nation to average 20,000 or more fans per regular season home game from 1999 to 2010.[4] The largest Delaware Stadium crowd was the standing-room only crowd of 23,719 that watched the Blue Hens host Temple, October 27, 1973.

On August 29, 2002, the field was dedicated as Tubby Raymond Field, in honor of longtime Blue Hen Football coach Harold "Tubby" Raymond.

The stadium has hosted the Division I NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship in 1984 and 1986, and two NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament first round games in May 2002.

The stadium underwent another renovation in mid-2008 with the addition of a 42-foot-wide (13 m) high-definition video board[5] and a high-fidelity, 20 kilowatt audio system. A video control room was added inside the Bob Carpenter Center.

In early September 2009, six 20- by 30-foot (6.1 by 9.1 m) posters were added to the facade of the stadium, featuring past stars of Delaware football. The first six posters added were Joe Flacco, Eddie Conti, Daryl Brown, Chuck Hall, Conway Hayman, and Rich Gannon.[6] Photos of more than 40 stars of years past were submitted to Sports Graphics of Indianapolis, Indiana and will be rotated throughout the stadium at different times. A "Wall of Champions" banner that lists accomplishments of the Fightin' Blue Hens was also added as part of the visual upgrade of the facility.

From December 2009 to January 2010 the grass field was replaced with new FieldTurf artificial surface.

The stands underwent more improvements in the summer of 2011. Hand rails were added along each aisle of the east and west grandstands.[7]

Present day[edit]

The student section of Delaware Stadium, known as the Cockpit, in reference to the Fightin' Blue Hens mascot.

The current stadium configuration has concrete grandstands on the east and west sides, with the press box on the top of the west grandstand, and permanent metal bleachers on the north and south end zones. Behind the north end zone there is the scoreboard with a video screen used to show replays and other videos. The Delaware football team enters the field from the tunnel beneath the south end zone bleachers, which are reserved for student seating and the marching band.

A view of the interior of Delaware Stadium facing the home stands.

The "Cockpit" is the nickname of the University of Delaware's student section at home football games located behind the south end zone. At 22,000, Delaware Stadium has the 2nd highest seating capacity in the CAA.

Delaware Stadium is also the venue for the annual commencement ceremonies for graduating seniors and graduate students in May.

A view of the interior of Delaware Stadium facing the visitor's stands.

On June 6, 2010 the official plans for stadium renovations were unveiled by University President Patrick Harker. The new plans unveiled include adding luxury suites to the stadium, an additional 8,200 seats overall (which will increase seating to over 30,000 seats), a 96,000-square-foot (8,900 m2) performance center, a club lounge, and new facilities for TV and radio.[8]

Attendance records[edit]

Highest attendance at Delaware Stadium
Rank Attendance Date Game result
1 23,619 October 27, 1973 Blue Hens 8, Temple 31
2 23,110 September 9, 1985 Blue Hens 16, Navy 13
3 23,100 November 14, 1987 Blue Hens 22, Navy 31
4 23,045 October 18, 1986 Blue Hens 18, William & Mary 22
5 23,019 November 19, 1977 Blue Hens 21, Colgate 3
6 22,911 November 7, 1992 Blue Hens 33, Connecticut 7
7 22,891 November 20, 2010 Blue Hens 21, Villanova 28 (OT)
8 22,805 October 28, 1989 Blue Hens 35, Maine 28
9 22,784 October 3, 1981 Blue Hens 21, Lehigh 24
10 22,782 September 11, 2004 Blue Hens 21, Towson 17
11 22,727 September 2, 2004 Blue Hens 21, New Hampshire 24
12 22,680 November 1, 1980 Blue Hens 17, Villanova 7
13 22,648 November 18, 1972 Blue Hens 20, Bucknell 3
14 22,601 November 2, 1991 Blue Hens 34, Maine 10
15 22,582 October 30, 1971 Blue Hens 27, Temple 32
16 22,576 October 16, 2010 Blue Hens 24, Rhode Island 17
17 22,555 October 18, 1980 Blue Hens 7, Northern Michigan 22
18 22,537 September 10, 2005 Blue Hens 34, Lehigh 33
19 22,495 September 8, 2007 Blue Hens 41, West Chester 14
20 22,379 September 19, 1981 Blue Hens 13, Temple 7
21 22,331 September 17, 2005 Blue Hens 42, West Chester 21
22 22,329 September 9, 2006 Blue Hens 30, West Chester 7
23 22,304 October 5, 1991 Blue Hens 28, New Hampshire 45
24 22,301 October 22, 1988 Blue Hens 10, Massachusetts 7
25 22,293 October 28, 1995 Blue Hens 61, Maine 0

Delaware football records at Delaware Stadium[edit]

Year Win Loss Tie Win %
1952 1 0 0 1.000
1953 4 1 0 .800
1954 5 0 0 1.000
1955 4 1 0 .800
1956 3 2 1 .583
1957 2 2 0 .500
1958 3 2 0 .600
1959 4 0 0 1.000
1960 1 4 0 .200
1961 3 1 0 .750
1962 4 1 0 .800
1963 4 0 0 1.000
1964 3 2 0 .600
1965 3 1 0 .750
1966 4 0 0 1.000
1967 1 4 0 .200
1968 5 0 0 1.000
1969 5 1 0 .833
1970 5 1 0 .833
1971 5 1 0 .833
1972 6 0 0 1.000
1973 5 1 0 .833
1974 8 0 0 1.000
1975 5 3 0 .625
1976 5 2 1 .688
1977 5 1 1 .786
1978 9 0 0 1.000
1979 8 1 0 .889
1980 6 1 0 .857
1981 5 2 0 .714
1982 8 0 0 1.000
1983 2 6 0 .250
1984 7 1 0 .875
1985 5 2 0 .714
1986 4 3 0 .571
1987 3 3 0 .500
1988 3 3 0 .500
1989 4 2 0 .667
1990 4 2 0 .667
1991 4 2 0 .667
1992 6 2 0 .750
1993 6 1 0 .857
1994 4 1 1 .750
1995 7 0 0 1.000
1996 6 0 0 1.000
1997 6 2 0 .750
1998 5 1 0 .833
1999 4 2 0 .667
2000 7 2 0 .778
2001 2 3 0 .400
2002 5 1 0 .833
2003 10 0 0 1.000
2004 6 1 0 .857
2005 4 2 0 .667
2006 3 4 0 .429
2007 6 1 0 .857
2008 3 3 0 .500
2009 4 2 0 .667
2010 9 1 0 .900
2011 5 1 0 .833
2012 4 3 0 .571
2013 5 2 0 .714
2014 0 0 0
Total 292–94–4 .754

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steel Slowdown Hampers Work on New Stadium at Delaware". The Sunday Star (Wilmington). July 6, 1952. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "University of Delaware Athletics and Sports Information". Bluehens.com. Retrieved January 3, 2012. "[T]he 22,000-seat stadium is the largest in the Colonial Athletic Association and one of the largest in the nation in FCS football....The largest Delaware Stadium crowd was the 23,619 spectators that watched the Blue Hens host Temple, Oct. 27, 1973." 
  4. ^ "2009 University of Delaware Football Game Notes #11". bluehens.com. November 16, 2009. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 
  5. ^ "University of Delaware Athletic Fund". University of Delaware. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  6. ^ Tresolini, Kevin (September 15, 2009). "Delaware Stadium Gets a New Look on the Outside". The News Journal (Wilmington). Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
  7. ^ "University of Delaware Athletic Fund". University of Delaware. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  8. ^ Shannon, Josh (June 11, 2010). "Harker Unveils Plans for Renovated Stadium, New East Campus Housing". The Review (University of Delaware). Archived from the original on June 25, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 

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