Brooks Stadium

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Brooks Stadium / James C. Benton Field
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Location 540 University Blvd
Conway, South Carolina 29528
Coordinates 33°47′35″N 79°01′04″W / 33.793013°N 79.017652°W / 33.793013; -79.017652Coordinates: 33°47′35″N 79°01′04″W / 33.793013°N 79.017652°W / 33.793013; -79.017652
Owner Coastal Carolina University
Operator Coastal Carolina University
Capacity 15,000 (2017-present)
9,214 (2012-2016)
9,112 (2010-2011)
7,322 (2006-2009)
6,408 (2003-2005)
Surface FieldTurf (teal) (2015-present)
Grass (2003-2014)
Construction
Broke ground July 30, 2002
Opened September 6, 2003
Renovated 2017
Expanded 2010, 2017
Construction cost $20.1 Million (includes Adkins FH)
Architect McMillan Smith & Partners
General contractor Hill Construction[1]
Tenants
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers football (NCAA) (2003–present)

Brooks Stadium is a 9,214-seat multi-purpose stadium in Conway, South Carolina. It is home to the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers football team at Coastal Carolina University . The facility opened in 2003 and is named in honor of Coby Garrett Brooks and Boni Belle Brooks, children of the late Robert "Bob" Brooks.[2] Brooks was a Loris, South Carolina native and was the chairman of Hooters of America, Inc. The stadium is notable for its teal artificial turf.[3]

History and renovation[edit]

Groundbreaking for Brooks Stadium was held on July 30, 2002. Phase I of the stadium construction contained 6,408 seats, while the foundation and infrastructure of the stadium was designed to support future expansion to 20,000 seats.[4] The stadium was formally dedicated on September 6, 2003, as the Chanticleer football team opened its inaugural game vs. Newberry College in front of a crowd of more than 8,000. The stadium was designed to be expandable to seat nearly 20,000. On October 7, 2006, the field was named James C. Benton Field to honor the family for a large donation they made to the Coastal athletics program earlier in the year.

2017 expansion[edit]

Following the announcement of the university joining the Sun Belt Conference on September 1, 2015, Brooks Stadium will undergo construction to expand the stadium to 20,000 seats. The NCAA requires FBS programs to maintain an average attendance of at least 15,000 over a rolling two-year cycle. The expansion project received approval from the state in November 2015, however construction is not expected to begin until January 2017. Coastal Carolina University officials have set the project pricetag at $38 million.[5] The committee also announced in February the lead architects for the expansion will be Heery International, Inc. architectural firm and Stubbs Muldrow Herin architects. [6] Groundbreaking for the project took place on March 21, 2017. Construction will take place over two phases; the first phase will expand the stadium to the FBS-minimum 15,000 seats by expanding the sidelines and connecting them to the north end zone as well as expanding the press box side upper deck. It is expected to be completed in time for Coastal Carolina's season opener against UMass on September 2, 2017. The second phase will occur in 2018 during the off-season, and will further expand capacity to over 20,000 seats by adding premium seating and an upper deck to the west side.[7]

Adkins Fieldhouse[edit]

The $8.5 million Adkins Fieldhouse opened at Brooks Stadium in June 2010. It is named for brothers Mark and Will Adkins (Coastal Carolina '89), who donated $1.5 million to the project. The fieldhouse added 1,600 seats, bringing the stadium capacity to 9,112.

The Adkins Fieldhouse also includes houses:

  • Football offices, meeting rooms, and football locker room
  • 13,000-square-foot (1,200 m2) Strength & conditioning center for all student-athletes
  • Men's and women's cross country and track & field offices
  • Men's and women's soccer offices
  • Men's and women's golf offices
  • Men's tennis office
  • Baseball office
  • Softball office
  • Sasser Athletic Hall of Fame

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coastal Carolina University Stadium" (PDF). Hill Construction. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ Football stadium at Coastal to be named for Brooks Archived September 22, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ McGuire, Kevin (2015-01-25). "Coastal Carolina going with teal for new artificial turf". NBC Sports. 
  4. ^ "Football stadium at Coastal to be named for Brooks". Coastal Carolina University. August 11, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Coastal Carolina committee approves $38M bonds for Brooks Stadium expansion". Coastal Carolina University. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Brooks Stadium Additions" (PDF). Coastal Carolina University. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Coastal Has Football Stadium Expansion Groundbreaking Ceremony". Coastal Carolina University Athletics. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 

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