Floyd Casey Stadium
Floyd Casey Stadium on November 5, 2005 at the Baylor vs. Texas game.
|Former names||Baylor Stadium (1950–1988)|
|Location||3088 Burnett Avenue
Waco, TX 76711
|Surface||Grass (1950–1971, 1998–2003)
Prestige System SportGrass (artificial) (2004–present)
|Broke ground||May 28, 1949|
|Opened||September 30, 1950|
|Closed||December 14, 2013|
|Construction cost||$1.5 million
($14.8 million in 2015 dollars)
|General contractor||Swigert Construction Company|
|Baylor Bears (NCAA) (1950–2013)|
Floyd Casey Stadium is a stadium in Waco, Texas. It is primarily used for football, and was the home field of the Baylor Bears. The stadium, located about four miles from the Baylor University campus, cost $1.8 million to build and seats 50,000 people. Originally named Baylor Stadium, it opened in 1950 with a Baylor game against the Houston Cougars. On December 7, 2013, Baylor played its last game in the stadium, against the Texas Longhorns, where the attendance record of 51,728 was established. Baylor won 19 of its final 20 games played at the stadium.
Originally known as Baylor Stadium, the stadium was renamed at halftime of the November 5, 1988 homecoming game when it was renamed for Floyd Casey by his son, university trustee and longtime booster Carl B. Casey of Dallas, who gave US$5 million towards an $8 million stadium renovation project.
The stadium has been renovated several times. In 1998, the stadium installed SportGrass, a leading artificial grass surface. In 2005, it underwent massive renovations to extend the Grant Teaff Plaza in honor of former head coach Grant Teaff. The extended plaza created much-needed updates to the stadium's façade.
The stadium is an elongated oval shape, running southeast-northwest, with large grandstands on the sidelines. The south end zone is cleared, with athletic marks painted on the ground and the large LED scoreboard behind it. (Prior to the creation of the current athletic marks, the area was painted gold, with "BAYLOR" painted in large green block letters.) In 2004, a large tarp was installed that covers the south end zone that can be removed when ticket demand necessitates it. With the tarp in place seating capacity is reduced to 47,000. The north end zone has seating in front of the Carl & Thelma Casey Athletic Center, site of the football offices, training facilities, and stadium field house.
In the spring of 2012, Baylor regents approved a new on-campus stadium to be built on the Brazos River adjacent to Interstate 35. The new McLane Stadium will replace Floyd Casey Stadium in time for the 2014 football season, with the Bears' season opener scheduled against former Southwest Conference rival SMU.
College football attendance records
|1. 51,728||12-07-13||Texas||30-10 W |
|2. 51,385||10-28-06||Texas A&M||21-31 L|
|3. 51,218||10-21-95||Texas A&M||9-24 L|
|4. 51,200||10-26-74||Texas A&M||0-20 L|
|5. 50,537||11-8-13||Oklahoma||41-12 W|
|6. 50,267||10-19-91||Texas A&M||12-34 L|
|7. 50,000||11-5-60||Texas||7-12 L|
|8. 49,500||10-27-56||Texas A&M||13-19 L|
|9. 48,756||10-19-85||Texas A&M||20-15 W|
|10. 48,500||9-15-79||Texas A&M||17-7 W|
|11. 48,500||11-22-80||Texas||16-0 W|
|12. 48,394||11-11-72||Texas||3-17 L|
|13. 47,900||11-6-76||Arkansas||7-7 T|
|14. 47,200||9-20-75||Arkansas||3-41 L|
|15. 46,825||10-19-13||Iowa State||71-7 W|
|16. 46,812||10-17-87||Texas A&M||10-34 L|
|17. 46,543||12-03-11||Texas||48-24 W|
|18. 46,300||9-20-75||Auburn||10-10 T|
|19. 46,000||9-15-73||Oklahoma||14-42 L|
|T19. 46,000||11-8-80||Arkansas||42-15 W|
|20. 45,800||9-10-77||Texas Tech||7-17 L|
|21. 45,649||11-24-90||Texas||13-23 L|
|22. 45,565||10-21-89||Texas A&M||11-14 L|
|23. 45,500||11-20-76||Texas||20-10 W|
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