Rynearson Stadium

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Rynearson Stadium
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Location 184 Westview Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Coordinates 42°15′21″N 83°38′50″W / 42.25583°N 83.64722°W / 42.25583; -83.64722Coordinates: 42°15′21″N 83°38′50″W / 42.25583°N 83.64722°W / 42.25583; -83.64722
Owner Eastern Michigan University
Operator Eastern Michigan University
Capacity 30,200 (1992-present)
22,227 (1974-1991)
15,500 (1969-1973)
Surface FieldTurf (gray) (2014–present)
FieldTurf (green) (2005–2013)
Astroturf (1991–2004)
Natural Grass (1969–1990)
Tenants
Eastern Michigan Eagles (NCAA) (1969-present)
Detroit Wheels (WFL) (1974)
Construction
Broke ground 1968
Opened September 27, 1969
Expanded 1974, 1992
Construction cost $1.4 million (approximate)
($90 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect HNTB (renovations)

Rynearson Stadium is a stadium in Ypsilanti, Michigan. It is primarily used for American football, and is the home field of the Eastern Michigan University Eagles. It held its first game on September 27, 1969, when EMU upset the University of Akron, 10-3. Currently, the stadium has seating for 30,200 people. Standing room is available in the south end zone, allowing for crowds larger than the listed capacity; however, this has never been an issue, since the largest attendance for an EMU game at Rynearson was 26,188 (87% of capacity), on November 28, 2008, for a 56-52 win over Central Michigan.[2] In 2012, the Eastern Michigan University Eagles averaged 4,364 fans over six home games.

The stadium is located on the school's west campus, just south of the Huron River. It originally consisted of two opposite sideline stands around the field and running track. It is one of only two stadiums in the MAC which shares its football field with a running track (UB Stadium being the other). In 1992, the seats were expanded south from each grandstand but not connected, giving the stadium the look of an unfinished horseshoe. This was done to conform to the new Division I-A rules for minimum stadium size. Originally a grass field, the field has been artificial since 1991 and was upgraded to FieldTurf in 2005. More recently, the original FieldTurf is being replaced prior to the 2014 season by a new gray FieldTurf surface. This makes Rynearson Stadium only the second Division I FBS stadium with a non-traditional field color (after Albertsons Stadium at Boise State) and the sixth college football stadium overall with this feature.[3] Lighting was added in 1974, partially due to the Detroit Wheels of the World Football League using the stadium as their home field. The stadium has also hosted high school football games.

The stadium was named for the late Elton J. Rynearson, Sr., who coached football at Eastern Michigan for 26 seasons. His teams compiled a record of 114-58-15. In one six-year period, from 1925–30, Rynearson’s teams won 40 games, tied two, and lost just four.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "Eastern Michigan University 2010 Media Guide". p. 132. Retrieved 2010-11-10. 
  3. ^ "EMU Installing Gray FieldTurf Surface at Rynearson Stadium" (Press release). Eastern Michigan University Athletics. June 17, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 

External links[edit]

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