Mackay Stadium

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Mackay Stadium
Mackay 4oct2014.jpg
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)
14,000 (1984–1990)
12,000 (1978–1983)
7,500 (1966–1977)
Surface Field Turf (2000-present)
Natural grass (1966–1999)
Construction
Broke ground 1965
Opened October 1, 1966
Expanded 1978, 1990–92, 2006, 2015–16
Construction cost $11.5 million (2015–16 renovation), $6.5 million (previous 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.

History[edit]

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 H. Mackay, a university benefactor in the early years of the school. The stadium currently seats 30,000 and has played to crowds in excess (see Attendance Records at Mackay Stadium).[1][2][3]

The field sits at an elevation of 4,610 feet (1,410 m) above sea level[4] 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.[2] Originally natural grass, synthetic infill FieldTurf was installed in 2000 and replaced in 2010.[5] 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.[6][7]

A proposal recently passed by the Nevada Board of Regents (NSHE) will upgrade seating options to the stadium by the 2016 season. This renovation will improve the quality of the fans' experience but will decrease the overall stadium capacity to 26,000. Higher ticket fees in the upgraded sections will repay this $11.5 million bond by 2031, and $2 million in committed private donations have already been presented.[8][9]

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.[3] The single-season attendance record for a Wolf Pack team with a losing record (at 149,635 fans) was set in 2013.[3] (Also see NCAA records set at Mackay Stadium and Notable games at Mackay Stadium.) 2014 was the third football season to have at least 20,000 fans in attendance at every home game (1993 and 2013), although multiple seasons are close.[3][10]

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 California.[11][12] 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.[13][14]

Top 25 Single-Game Attendance Records[edit]

Rank Attendance Opponent Result Date
1. 33,391 (sellout)[3] UNLV Won, 55–32 October 28, 1995
2. 32,521 (sellout)[15][16] UNLV Loss, 22–27 October 26, 2013
3. 32,327 (sellout)[17][18] Boise State Loss, 46–51 October 4, 2014
4. 31,900 (sellout)[3][19][20] UNLV Loss, 12–16 October 4, 2003
5. 30,712 (sellout)[21][22] Boise State Won, 34–31 (OT) November 26, 2010
6. 30,420[3] Oregon Loss, 20–24 September 13, 1997
7. 30,118[3] UNLV Won, 31–14 September 6, 1997
8. 30,017 (sellout)[23][24] Boise State Loss, 21–27 December 1, 2012
9. 29,167[3] Oregon State Loss, 13–28 September 4, 1999
10. 28,809[25][26] California Won, 52–31 September 17, 2010
11. 28,631[3] San Jose State Won, 46–45 November 6, 1993
12. 28,523[3] Boise State Won, 38–10 September 11, 1993
13. 27,668 (sellout)[3] Boise State Won, 17–14 October 26, 1991
14. 27,057[27][28] Boise State Loss, 34–41 November 22, 2008
15. 27,052[29][30] UC Davis Won, 36–7 September 7, 2013
16. 26,866[3] UNLV Won, 49–14 October 2, 1993
17. 26,023[31][32] Washington State Won, 24–13 September 5, 2014
18. 25,978[33][34] UNLV Won, 37–0 October 8, 2011
19. 25,804[3] New Mexico State Won, 35–21 October 24, 1992
20. 25,506[3][35][36] Boise State Loss, 7–38 November 25, 2006
21. 25,446[3] Southwestern Louisiana Won, 38–14 September 2, 1995
22. 25,330[3] Boise State Won, 66–28 October 12, 1996
23. 25,278[37][38] UNLV Won, 27–20 September 29, 2007
24. 25,256[3][39][40] Southern Utah Won, 24–23 August 30, 2003
25. 25,112[3] Toledo Loss, 35–49 September 23, 1995

Top 10 Season Average Attendance Records[edit]

Rank Season Avg. Attendance # of Home Games Overall Attendance Record
1. 1993[3] 25,180 6 games 151,081 7–4
2. 2013[3] 24,939 6 games 149,635 4–8
3. 1997[3] 24,514 6 games 147,086 5–6
4. 1995[3] 24,063 6 games 144,378 9–3
5. 2014[10] 23,862 6 games 143,172 7–5
6. 2012[3] 23,432 6 games 140,591 7–6
7. 1996[3] 22,904 5 games 114,518 9–3
8. 2003[3] 22,258 6 games 133,546 6–6
9. 1992[3] 22,022 6 games 132,133 7–5
10. 1999[3] 21,458 6 games 128,750 3–8

Top 10 Season Overall Attendance Records[edit]

Rank Season Overall Attendance # of Home Games Record
1. 1991[3] 180,457 (151,019 before playoffs) 9 games (7 season, 2 playoff) 12–1
2. 1993[3] 151,081 6 games 7–4
3. 2013[3] 149,635 6 games 4–8
4. 1997[3] 147,086 6 games 5–6
5. 1995[3] 144,378 6 games 9–3
6. 2014[10] 143,172 6 games 7–5
7. 1990[3] 141,643 9 games (6 season, 3 playoff) 13–2
8. 2012[3] 140,591 6 games 7–6
9. 2010[3] 137,032 7 games 13–1
10. 1986[3] 136,021 10 games (7 season, 3 playoff) 13–1

References[edit]

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