Provost Umphrey Stadium
|Former names||Cardinal Stadium|
|Address||4400 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway, Beaumont, Texas 77710|
|Executive suites||Presidential Suite: 25 seats
Morgan Suites: 7 Suites with 16 seats each
Montagne Center Red Room: Up to 75
September 13, 1980
|Surface||Hellas Matrix Turf|
|Scoreboard||Daktronics 51' x 26' video board
Outer Frame 88' x 48'
($7.6 million in 2015 dollars)
|Architect||Renovation: Leo A. Daly|
|Lamar Cardinals football (NCAA)|
Provost Umphrey Stadium (previously Cardinal Stadium) is a 16,000-seat multi-purpose stadium in Beaumont, Texas. The stadium is located next to the Montagne Center on the campus of Lamar University. It is home to the Lamar Cardinals football team.
The stadium is configured in a predominantly east-west placement with two sides of seating. Seating access to each of the stadium sides is provided at street level through a covered outdoor concourse. Concessions, six locations in total, as well as twelve conveniently placed rest rooms are located in the covered concourses. Flat screen televisions are located throughout the covered concourses so fans can keep up with the game action. The covered concourses are decorated with large photographic murals from games in the earlier days of the stadium. Entrance into the stadium is via one of four entrance gates located at the Southwest, Northwest, Southeast, and Northeast of the stadium. Ticket booths are located near the gates.
With the exception of the press box and chair back seating sections on the west side, each side of the stadium is basically a mirror image of the other. Each side of the stadium is divided into two main levels. One of the main levels is below street level while the other is elevated. A street level outdoor concourse separates each of the two main levels. Additionally, a street level walkway on the south side of the stadium provides easy pedestrian access from one side of the stadium to the other. Street level ADA compliant seating including twenty chairback seats and additional space for wheelchair seating is located on each of the sectional concourses. Additional chairback seats and wheelchair seating space are provided on the south side walkway.
In addition to the two sides, the Morgan VIP suites located in the Montagne Center on the north end zone side of the stadium provide 112 seats (16 seats for each of the 7 suites). The Montagne Center Red Room overlooking the stadium can accommodate up to 75 guests. Overflow attendance can be accommodated by large berms located on both the north and south sides of the stadium. (Berm seating is not included in the stated 16,000 stadium capacity.) The two southern porch sections of the Montagne Center also provide additional seating. A presidential suite which can hold 25 is located in the press box. The Presidential suite includes a kitchenette.
- Presidential Suite - accommodating 25, with kitchenette
- Morgan VIP Suites - 7 (accommodating 16 each)
- Montagne Center Red Room - accommodates up to 75
- Six concession stands
- Twelve rest rooms
- ADA compliant seating
- 51' X 26' Daktronics video board housed in an 88' X 48' outer frame
- Hellas Matrix turf
- 55,000 sq ft athletic complex
- Over 1,500 chair back seats with cup holders in the center sections of the west side
Cardinal Stadium, as it was originally known, was completed in 1964 for a cost of $1,000,000. The stadium original stadium capacity was 17,500.
The stadium was built as the home of the Lamar Cardinals football team. Lamar disbanded their football team in 1989; however, during the years between 1989 and 2009 the stadium hosted the university soccer team as well as the Ozen High School football team. In 2009 the university started renovation on the newly named Provost Umphrey Stadium for the return of football in 2010. Capacity was reduced to 16,000 in the 2010 renovation due to modifications in order to make the stadium ADA compliant. The modifications resulted in the loss of 1,500 seats. Provost Umphrey Stadium renovations and a new Lamar athletic complex were completed for a combined total of $30,000,000. The Stadium is currently home to one of the largest video boards in FCS football at 51' x 26'. The video board is encased in a frame at 88' x 48'. The stadium has the capability to expand to 28,000.
On September 19, 1998, the stadium played host to the 1998 Southern vs. Prairie View A&M football game as a "neutral ground" location. The game was the final loss of 80 straight losses for the Prairie View program, but is more well known for a halftime brawl between the marching bands of the two schools resulting in a two game suspension for both bands. Southern won the game 37–7.
Provost Umphrey Stadium is also a concert venue, seating up to 20,000 for concerts.
Donations and gifts
On November 10, 2008 the stadium became Provost Umphrey Stadium in recognition of a $3 million contribution to Lamar University from the Provost Umphrey law firm and an additional $1 million gift from Walter and Sheila Umphrey.
On March 19, 2009, alumnus Dan F. Smith donated $6 million to the University, $1 million of which was earmarked for the return of football. In recognition of this gift the press box bears his name. The renovated press box includes a presidential booth with seating for 25; a kitchenette; a media center with seating for 32; a TV broadcast booth; two radio broadcast booths; restrooms; two camera decks, two coaches booths; scoreboard booth, and public address booth.
On February 15, 2010 Education First Federal Credit Union donated $1 million to Lamar Athletics. In recognition for their support the 51' by 26' ft digital score board will permanently have Education First FCU displayed.
On May 6, 2010, the Morgan Charitable Foundation on behalf of Glen and Teri Morgan donated an undisclosed amount of money to build the Morgan Suites on the south east side of the Montagne Center. Seven new suites were built and lease for $25,000 per year with a three-year commitment. The leases include 16 tickets to each home game and parking passes. Revenue from leasing the suites supports football scholarships. Each suite includes a bar with four stools overlooking two tiered rows of 6 seats each, a total of 16 seats. The suites open to the front and feature motorized windows that can be lowered as desired. Each suite includes a small refrigerator and cabinet space. Food and beverage service is available through the university catering vendor at additional charge.
The largest crowd to see an Lamar Cardinal football game in Provost Umphrey Stadium was 18,500 on September 13, 1980, when the Cardinals hosted Baylor University.
Below is a list of the Cardinals best-attended home games (all at Provost Umphrey Stadium).
|1||September 13, 1980||Baylor||18,500|
|2||September 22, 1979||Louisiana Tech||17,600|
|3||October 9, 2010||Langston University||17,306|
|4||October 6, 1979||West Texas State||17,250|
|5||September 17, 1977||Louisiana-Lafayette||17,222|
|6||October 2, 2010||Sam Houston State||17,187|
As of the 2014 season.
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