Mackay Stadium

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Mackay Stadium
Location 17th St. & E. Stadium Way
Reno, Nevada
 United States
Coordinates 39°32′49″N 119°49′3″W / 39.54694°N 119.81750°W / 39.54694; -119.81750Coordinates: 39°32′49″N 119°49′3″W / 39.54694°N 119.81750°W / 39.54694; -119.81750
Owner University of Nevada
Operator University of Nevada
Capacity 30,000 (2013-present)
29,993 (2006-2012)
31,545 (1992-2005)
26,000 (1991)
20,000 (1990)
15,000 (1985-1989)
12,000 (1978-1984)
7,500 (1966-1977)
Surface Field Turf (2000-present)
Natural grass (1966–1999)
Construction
Broke ground 1965
Opened October 1, 1966
Expanded 1978, 1990-1992, 2006
Construction cost $6.5 million (expansions)
Architect Worth Group Architects (expansions)
Tenants
Nevada Wolf Pack NCAA (1966–present)

Mackay Stadium is an outdoor athletic stadium in Reno, Nevada, on the campus of the University of Nevada. It is the university's venue for football and women's soccer for the Nevada Wolf Pack of the Mountain West Conference.

Located on the northern portion of campus, at 17th Street & East Stadium Way, the stadium opened in 1966 with a seating capacity of 7,500. It replaced the original Mackay Stadium, formerly located in the bowl containing Hilliard Plaza, the Mack Social Sciences building, and the Reynolds School of Journalism. Both stadiums were named for Clarence Mackay, a university benefactor in the early years of the school. After several expansions, Mackay Stadium currently seats 30,000.[1][2]

The field sits at an elevation of 4,610 feet (1,410 m) above sea level[3] and runs in a NW to SE configuration, with the press box on the southwest sideline. Permanent lighting was installed in 2003 to allow the option of night games.[1] Originally natural grass, synthetic infill FieldTurf was installed in 2000 and replaced in 2010.[4] In 2013, the playing surface at Mackay Stadium was named Chris Ault Field in honor of the former Wolf Pack head coach, College Football Hall of Famer, creator of the Pistol offense in 2005, and for his contributions to Wolf Pack football.[5][6]

The Wolf Pack football single-season attendance record was set in 1991 with a total of 180,457 fans over nine home games, including playoffs; and the regular-season attendance record was set at 151,081 fans in 1993.[2][7] 2013 holds the single-season attendance record for a Wolf Pack team with a losing record (at 149,635 fans).[8] (Also see NCAA records set at Mackay Stadium and Notable games at Mackay Stadium.)

The home-game attendance record at Mackay Stadium for the Nevada women's soccer team is 1,007 fans on September 23, 2012 as the Wolf Pack lost 0-3 to the California Golden Bears.[9][10] However, the women's soccer team hosted a home game at the Moana Sports Complex in Reno on September 15, 2013 with a record of 1,050 fans in attendance, where the Wolf Pack beat the Sacramento State Hornets, 3-2.[11][12]

Top 25 Single-Game Attendance Records[edit]

Note: The 2014 Homecoming game this Saturday, October 4 versus the Boise State Broncos already has sold out at Mackay Stadium, but fans are encouraged to fill out a Last Chance Lottery form for a chance to get tickets.[13]

Rank Attendance Opponent Result Date
1. 33,391 (sellout)[2][7] UNLV Rebels Won, 55-32 October 28, 1995
2. 32,521 (sellout)[14][15] UNLV Rebels Loss, 22-27 October 26, 2013
3. 31,900 (sellout)[2][7][16][17] UNLV Rebels Loss, 12-16 October 4, 2003
4. 30,712 (sellout)[18][19] Boise State Broncos Won, 34-31 (OT) November 26, 2010
5. 30,420[2][7] Oregon Ducks Loss, 20-24 September 13, 1997
6. 30,118[2][7] UNLV Rebels Won, 31-14 September 6, 1997
7. 30,017 (sellout)[20][21] Boise State Broncos Loss, 21-27 December 1, 2012
8. 29,167[2][7] Oregon State Beavers Loss, 13-28 September 4, 1999
9. 28,809[22][23] California Golden Bears Won, 52-31 September 17, 2010
10. 28,631[2][7] San Jose State Spartans Won, 46-45 November 6, 1993
11. 28,523[2][7] Boise State Broncos Won, 38-10 September 11, 1993
12. 27,668 (sellout)[2][7] Boise State Broncos Won, 17-14 October 26, 1991
13. 27,057[24][25] Boise State Broncos Loss, 34-41 November 22, 2008
14. 27,052[26][27] UC Davis Aggies Won, 36-7 September 7, 2013
15. 26,866[2][7] UNLV Rebels Won, 49-14 October 2, 1993
16. 26,023[28][29] Washington State Cougars Won, 24-13 September 5, 2014
17. 25,978[30][31] UNLV Rebels Won, 37-0 October 8, 2011
18. 25,804[2][7] New Mexico State Aggies Won, 35-21 October 24, 1992
19. 25,506[2][7][32][33] Boise State Broncos Loss, 7-38 November 25, 2006
20. 25,446[2][7] Southwestern Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Won, 38-14 September 2, 1995
21. 25,330[2][7] Boise State Broncos Won, 66-28 October 12, 1996
22. 25,278[34][35] UNLV Rebels Won, 27-20 September 29, 2007
23. 25,256[2][7][36][37] Southern Utah Thunderbirds Won, 24-23 August 30, 2003
24. 25,112[2][7] Toledo Rockets Loss, 35-49 September 23, 1995
25. 24,545[38][39] Air Force Falcons Won, 45-42 September 28, 2013

Top 10 Season Attendance Records (Overall)[edit]

Rank Season Overall Attendance # of Home Games Wins-Losses
1. 1991 180,457 (151,019 before playoffs) 9 games (7 season, 2 playoff) 12-1
2. 1993 151,081 6 games 7-4
3. 2013 149,635 6 games 4-8
4. 1997 147,086 6 games 5-6
5. 1995 144,378 6 games 9-3
6. 1990 141,643 9 games (6 season, 3 playoff) 13-2
7. 2012 140,591 6 games 7-6
8. 2010 137,032 7 games 13-1
9. 1986 136,021 10 games (7 season, 3 playoff) 13-1
10. 2003 133,546 6 games 6-6

Top 10 Season Attendance Records (by Avg. Attendance)[edit]

Rank Season Avg. Attendance # of Home Games Overall Attendance Wins-Losses
1. 1993 25,180 6 games 151,081 7-4
2. 2013 24,939 6 games 149,635 4-8
3. 1997 24,514 6 games 147,086 5-6
4. 1995 24,063 6 games 144,378 9-3
5. 2012 23,432 6 games 140,591 7-6
6. 1996 22,904 5 games 114,518 9-3
7. 2003 22,258 6 games 133,546 6-6
8. 1992 22,022 6 games 132,133 7-5
9. 1999 21,458 6 games 128,750 3-8
10. 1998 21,093 5 games 105,467 6-5

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