Doyt Perry Stadium
Bowling Green, OH 43403
|Owner||Bowling Green State University|
|Operator||Bowling Green State University|
|Record attendance||33,527 (October 8, 1983 vs. Toledo)|
|Surface||Field Turf 2007 to present
Grass 1966 to 2006
|Opened||October 1, 1966|
|Construction cost||$3 million|
|Architect||Technicon Design Group (renovations)|
|Bowling Green Falcons (NCAA) (1966-present)|
Doyt L. Perry Stadium is a stadium on the campus of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, United States. It is primarily used for American football, and is the home field of the Bowling Green Falcons football team. It opened in 1966 and originally held 23,232 people.
On October 1, 1966, the stadium opened with a 13-0 win over Dayton. The stadium was named for Doyt L. Perry, a highly successful coach and athletic director at the school. It was meant to replace University Stadium, a WPA stadium in the heart of campus which lasted 43 seasons. On October 8, 1983, the annual Toledo-Bowling Green football game established a school and MAC attendance record of 33,527.
For the 2007 football season the stadium received an upgrade. The Sebo Center was built and enclosed the north endzone. It houses band seating, luxury suites, offices, training facilities and new box offices. The grass field was also replaced with a Fieldturf artificial surface. Nevertheless, Doyt Perry Stadium has the second smallest capacity of any stadium among schools in the MAC - ahead of only Ball State University's Scheumann Stadium. Additionally in 2007, the stadium underwent further renovations, complying with new NCAA seating regulations which increased the listed capacity from 23,272 to 24,000.
The stadium consists of two bowed sideline grandstands. The stadium also featured steel grandstands at the north and south ends. The south grandstands were removed to make way for a merchandise tent and a pavilion for the Falcon Club boosters. The north grandstand was removed to facilitate the construction of the Sebo Athletic Center. Through 37 seasons, the Falcons have a 126-58-6 record at Doyt Perry Stadium.
- "It's Officially Perry Stadium". Toledo Blade. September 27, 1992. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
- "Doyt L. Perry Stadium". Falcon Sports Properties. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
Doyt L. Perry Stadium, with its 24,000 seating capacity, will celebrate its 46th year as the home of Bowling Green State University football in 2012.
- Center for Archival Collections, Bowling Green State University. Doyt L. Perry Stadium Archived June 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. page on the BGSU Historic Campus Tour. Retrieved 6 February 2007.