Centennial Bank Stadium

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Centennial Bank Stadium
ASU Stadium seen from the Southwest corner of the field.
Former names Liberty Bank Stadium (2013)
ASU Stadium (2007–2012)
Indian Stadium (1974–2007)
Location 2180 Aggie Road
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401
Coordinates 35°50′56″N 90°40′2″W / 35.84889°N 90.66722°W / 35.84889; -90.66722Coordinates: 35°50′56″N 90°40′2″W / 35.84889°N 90.66722°W / 35.84889; -90.66722
Owner Arkansas State University
Operator Arkansas State University
Capacity 16,343 (1974-1979)
18,709 (1980-1990)
30,708 (1991-2001)
30,964 (2002-present)[1]
Record attendance 31,243 (December 1, 2012) vs Middle Tennessee
Surface ProGreen
Construction
Opened September 28, 1974
Construction cost $2.5 million
($12 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect Brackett-Krennerich
Tenants
Arkansas State Red Wolves (NCAA) (1974–present)

Centennial Bank Stadium (formerly known as Liberty Bank Stadium) is located on the campus of Arkansas State University and is home to their college football team, the Red Wolves. The stadium was named after the old nickname of the school, the Indians, until the 2007 season when it was renamed ASU Stadium. The venue was again renamed in September 2012 after Liberty Bank donated approximately 5 million dollars to the university, and was renamed in 2013 after Liberty Bank was bought by Centennial Bank. The stadium currently has a capacity of 30,964.

History[edit]

The stadium's construction was finished in 1974 and the Arkansas State football team began play there the same year. The original cost of the stadium was $2.5 million of which $1.4 million was raised by friends and alumni of the university. The first game played in the stadium was on September 28, 1974 against Louisiana Tech University and Arkansas State lost 21–7. The first victory in the stadium was a 14–7 win over Eastern Michigan University on October 5, 1974. A dedication game was played on November 2, 1974 against Northeast Louisiana University and Arkansas State won the game 17–14.

The stadium originally had a capacity of 16,343 when it first opened. This was upgraded in 1980 to a capacity of 18,709. Further expansion was completed in 1991, when Arkansas State moved up to Division I and new capacity requirements had to be met to keep up with this status, making the capacity 30,708. The grandstand was double-decked with seats and Indian Stadium had a four level press area that includes the press box and two donor levels: Happy Hunting Grounds and Chiefs Council. The area also includes a photo deck complete with an area for filming, Visiting Team AD Suite and coaches booths for both teams. In 2001, a video/scoreboard was erected in the South end zone which cost more than a million dollars to purchase and construct.

In 2002, more improvements were added to the stadium. Luxury suites were added, increasing capacity to its current figure of 30,964. The players and coaches of the school moved into a brand new complex that included office space for coaches, dressing rooms, meeting rooms, and player lounges. When these areas are not being used by staff and players they are used for several different purposes. These areas become suites used during football games, academic study areas for players and students, conference rooms, alumni functions, booster meetings, and recruitment purposes. The complex now houses a place known as the Performance Enhancement Center. Inside this center there are several different areas that include the Athletic Training Center, Strength and Conditioning Center, Student-Athletic Academic Success Center, a computer lab, and other various offices and rooms. In 2005, it was announced that Arkansas State University would replace the natural Bermuda grass field with FieldTurf at a cost of $500,000. However, Pro Green synthetic grass was installed in the stadium prior to the start of the 2006 season.

The stadium was also used for a very brief period to showcase a game between the two largest high schools in the Jonesboro-area. The game pitted Jonesboro High School against cross-town rival Nettleton High School. The game was suspended temporarily after Jonesboro won the first two games in blowouts. The average stadium attendance for these games were over 7,000. The rivalry was renewed for the 2006 high school football season and the two schools again played the game in Indian Stadium. Jonesboro won the 2006 game, but it was closer than the previous games; the final score was 44–38. In 2010 a new rivalry started with the Greene County Tech Golden Eagles. This rivalry was known as the "Border Bowl" as the counties in which the schools are located (Craighead and Greene) border each other. The series was discontinued as Jonesboro swept the series 4–0. In 2014, a new rivalry was formed with cross-town rival Valley View High School.

In 2013, Arkansas State University announced plans to build a $27 million Football Operations Center with an indoor practice field, weight rooms, lockers, medical centers, and staff offices. The plans originally called for the north end zone seating to be removed, but with average attendance being higher than ever, new seating with concession stands and television screens are to be added.[3]

In 2013, Liberty Bank was bought by Centennial Bank, and the naming rights were also absorbed. Liberty Bank Stadium was renamed Centennial Bank Stadium for the 2014 football season. In 2014, a Daktronics LED video display/scoreboard measuring approximately 32 feet high by 50 feet wide was erected in the south end zone.[4] This replaces the scoreboard erected in 2001.

Attendance Records[edit]

The largest crowd to see an Arkansas State football game in Centennial Bank Stadium was 31,243 on December 1, 2012, when the Red Wolves hosted Middle Tennessee State University. The highest average attendance in the stadium's history was during the 2012 season when Arkansas State drew an average of 26,398 spectators per game.

Rank Date Attendance Opponent Result
1 December 1, 2012 31,243 Middle Tennessee W, 45–0
2 August 31, 2013 30,451 Arkansas–Pine Bluff W, 62–11
3 September 18, 2004 30,427 Memphis L, 35–47
4 November 8, 2012 30,243 Louisiana–Monroe W, 45–23
5 September 10, 2011 29,872 Memphis W, 47–3

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Centennial Bank Stadium". College Gridirons. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "ASU Announces $22 Million Football Facility Project". Arkansas State University. September 6, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Daktronics to Install New Video Display and Sound System for Arkansas State University". Daktronics. June 6, 2014. Retrieved August 30, 2014.