Outside the stadium, a statue of former WIU track and field coach and two time Olympic gold medalist Lee Calhoun stands. The field is named after former WIU football coach/A.D. and Marine legend Rock Hanson. The stadium’s east side received a $5 million face lift prior to the 2007 season. The renovation to the student seating section, funded largely by a facilities enhancement and life safety fee at the request of student leaders, included new bleachers, increased seating capacity, a new entrance, restrooms and concession stands.
Hanson Field now officially seats 17,168 fans; however, the extensive hillside surrounding the playing field allows for thousands more to enjoy a game. Some local residents can view the field from their homes on Stadium Drive, which borders the stadium to the east. A record crowd of 19,850 watched the Leathernecks defeat Central Michigan, Oct. 20, 1973.