Roy Kidd Stadium

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Roy Kidd Stadium
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Former names Hanger Field
Location Roy and Sue Kidd Way Richmond, KY 40475
Owner Eastern Kentucky University
Operator Eastern Kentucky University
Capacity 20,000
Surface SF II Synthetic Turf
Construction
Opened 1969
Construction cost $5,461,439
($35.1 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect Hartshern, Schnell, Campbell, Schadt, Associates
Tenants
Eastern Kentucky Colonels (NCAA) (1969–present)

Roy Kidd Stadium is Eastern Kentucky University's football stadium in Richmond, Kentucky. The stadium is home to the EKU Colonels football team, located on campus. Currently, Roy Kidd Stadium consists of upper and lower level seating areas with a predominant majority of the seats being metal bleachers. Reserved chairback seats can be found in the middle of the lower level, as well, the seats are generally purchased by season ticket holders and Eastern Alumni.

The Colonels football team has found success playing at Roy Kidd Stadium, possessing a 191-43-1 home record.

History[edit]

The stadium was originally named Hanger Field just like its predecessor but was later renamed in 1990 for long-time EKU Head Football Coach Roy Kidd, who achieved well over 300 wins in his career at the university and led the team to two Division I-AA National Championships in 1979 and 1982. On April 8, 2009, it was announced that the original natural turf was being replaced by SF II synthetic turf for the upcoming 2009 football season.[2] As well, the home locker rooms, along with new play-clocks and scoreboard were included in the minor renovation for that season.[3] A majority of the football operations, along with a state-of-the-art strength & conditioning and athletic training facilities are located next door in the Moberly Building.

The stadium's architecture allows for Roy Kidd Stadium to serve as the "roof" of an academic building known as the Begley Building. Inside there are: three gymnasiums, two hand-ball courts, 36 classrooms, 60 offices, as well as the locker and training rooms for the football team.

In the 2004 season, 22,700 people ventured to the stadium to watch Eastern Kentucky battle its rival Western Kentucky, making the fifth largest crowd in the stadium's history.

Record attendance[edit]

Attendance Opponent Date Score
25,300 Western Kentucky Oct. 20, 1979 W 8–6
25,000 Western Kentucky Oct. 22, 1977 W 35–10
24,500 Western Kentucky Oct, 23, 1971 L 16–7
24,200 Western Kentucky Oct. 25, 1975 W 13–7
22,700 Western Kentucky Sep. 18, 2004 L 21–8
22,500 Murray State Oct. 31, 1970 W 17–7
22,400 Marshall Sep. 19, 1987 W 37–34
21,700 Delaware State Sep. 10, 1988 W 48–7
21,200 Murray State Nov. 1, 1980 W 24–14
20,800 Western Kentucky Oct. 24, 1981 W 19–11

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Coordinates: 37°44′04″N 84°17′51″W / 37.73439°N 84.29741°W / 37.73439; -84.29741