Bulldog Stadium (Bryant University)
|This article needs additional citations for verification. (September 2014) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)|
|Location||Smithfield, Rhode Island|
|Opened||October 2, 1999|
|Bryant Bulldogs (NCAA)
Bulldog Stadium is a stadium in Smithfield, Rhode Island. It is primarily used for American football and is the home field of Bryant University. The stadium holds 4,400 people and was built in 1999. It has also hosted numerous events for Rhode Island High School State Championships, as well as most state football camps.
The centerpiece of Bryant University's athletic facilities, Bulldog Stadium was completed in 1999 to coincide with the varsity debut of Bryant football.
With a seating capacity of 4,400, Bulldog Stadium utilizes a design that is usually reserved for larger stadiums, ensuring excellent sight lines and maximum comfort for spectators. A 3,200-seat permanent bleacher comprises the backdrop for the home side of the field, while 1,200 additional seats are available on the visitor's side. Three hundred seats in the stadium are equipped with backs and arm rests.
The Bulldog locker room is a modern facility designed to give Bryant players a comfortable and accommodating team room. The stadium also has its own athletic training center, office space and public rest rooms.
The Bulldog Stadium press box contains booths for both home and visiting coaches as well as work space for game personnel and visiting media. A number of telephone lines are connected to the press box, allowing members of the media to file stories from the site and track out-of-town scores. The press box also has a fax machine and Internet access available to members of the media.
Bulldog Stadium's playing surface was laser-graded, and special turf was installed in time for the 1999 varsity football season.
In 2007, the Bulldogs hosted their first ever appearance in the NCAA Division II National Football Championship versus West Chester. Over 5,000 people came to see this historic moment in Bulldogs athletics history. In the 2008-2009 school year Bryant University Athletics became a Division I sports program and have progressed extremely well in the years following their transition to Division I. Their facilities continue to be upgraded on a yearly basis and their athletic teams are becoming nationally recognized. They belong to the North East Conference (NEC) for most sports, as well as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) for Swimming and Diving.
In addition to serving as the home of Bryant's football team, Bulldog Stadium occasionally hosts the school's men's and women's lacrosse and men's and women's soccer teams. These teams regularly use their designated game fields that include a turf complex and variety of well manicured grass playing surfaces with smaller stands. Bulldog Stadium has been known to host some of Rhode Island's high school state championship games in recent years as well.