Floyd Casey Stadium
|Floyd Casey Stadium|
Floyd Casey Stadium on November 5th, 2005. UT vs Baylor
|Former names||Baylor Stadium (1950–1988)|
|Location||3088 Burnett Avenue
Waco, TX 76711
|Broke ground||May 28, 1949|
|Opened||September 30, 1950|
|Closed||December 7, 2013|
|Surface||Grass 1950 to 1971 and 1998 to 2003
Astroturf 1972 to 1997
Prestige System SportGrass ( artificial) 2004 to present
|Construction cost||$1.5 million
($14.7 million in 2014 dollars)
|General contractor||Swigert Construction Company|
|Baylor Bears (NCAA) (1950–2013)|
Floyd Casey Stadium is a stadium in Waco, Texas. It is primarily used for football, and was the home field of the Baylor Bears. Floyd Casey Stadium was built in 1950, cost $1.8 million to construct, and is located about four miles from the Baylor University campus. It opened under the name Baylor Stadium in 1950 with a game against the Houston Cougars, and has room for 50,000 people. On December 7, 2013, the Baylor Bears football team played its last game in the stadium, against the Texas Longhorns, where the attendance record of 52,728 was established.
Originally known as Baylor Stadium, the stadium received its current name at halftime of the Homecoming game on November 5, 1988, when it was renamed for Floyd Casey by his son, university trustee and longtime booster Carl B. Casey of Dallas, who gave US$5 million towards an $8 million renovation project.
The stadium has been renovated several times. In 1998, the stadium installed SportGrass, a leading artificial grass surface. In 2005, the stadium underwent massive renovations to extend the Grant Teaff Plaza in honor of former head coach Grant Teaff. The extended plaza created much-needed updates to the stadium's façade.
The stadium is an elongated oval shape, running southeast-northwest, with large grandstands on the sidelines. The southeast endzone is cleared, with athletic marks painted on the ground and the large LED scoreboard behind it. (Prior to the creation of the current athletic marks, the area was painted gold, with "BAYLOR" painted in large green block letters.) In 2004, a large tarp was installed that covers the south end zone that can be removed when ticket demand necessitates it. With the tarp in place seating capacity is reduced to 47,000. The north endzone has seating in front of the Carl & Thelma Casey Athletic Center, site of the football offices, training facilities & stadium field house.
In the spring of 2012 Baylor regents approved a new on-campus stadium to be built adjacent to Interstate 35 and the Brazos River. McLane Stadium will replace Floyd Casey Stadium in time for the 2014 football season, with the first game versus old Southwestern Conference rival Southern Methodist University (SMU).
NCAA Football Attendance Records
|1. 51,728||12-07-13||Texas||30-10 W |
|2. 51,385||10-28-06||Texas A&M||21-31 L|
|3. 51,218||10-21-95||Texas A&M||9-24 L|
|4. 51,200||10-26-74||Texas A&M||0-20 L|
|5. 50,537||11-8-13||Oklahoma||41-12 W|
|6. 50,267||10-19-91||Texas A&M||12-34 L|
|7. 50,000||11-5-60||Texas||7-12 L|
|8. 49,500||10-27-56||Texas A&M||13-19 L|
|9. 48,756||10-19-85||Texas A&M||20-15 W|
|10. 48,500||9-15-79||Texas A&M||17-7 W|
|11. 48,500||11-22-80||Texas||16-0 W|
|12. 48,394||11-11-72||Texas||3-17 L|
|13. 47,900||11-6-76||Arkansas||7-7 T|
|14. 47,200||9-20-75||Arkansas||3-41 L|
|15. 46,825||10-19-13||Iowa State||71-7 W|
|16. 46,812||10-17-87||Texas A&M||10-34 L|
|17. 46,543||12-03-11||Texas||48-24 W|
|18. 46,300||9-20-75||Auburn||10-10 T|
|19. 46,000||9-15-73||Oklahoma||14-42 L|
|T19. 46,000||11-8-80||Arkansas||42-15 W|
|20. 45,800||9-10-77||Texas Tech||7-17 L|
|21. 45,649||11-24-90||Texas||13-23 L|
|22. 45,565||10-21-89||Texas A&M||11-14 L|
|23. 45,500||11-20-76||Texas||20-10 W|
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