Kelly/Shorts Stadium

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Kelly/Shorts Stadium
Former names Perry Shorts Stadium (1972–1982)
Location 2300 East Campus Drive
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
Coordinates 43°34′39″N 84°46′15″W / 43.57750°N 84.77083°W / 43.57750; -84.77083Coordinates: 43°34′39″N 84°46′15″W / 43.57750°N 84.77083°W / 43.57750; -84.77083
Owner Central Michigan University
Operator Central Michigan University
Capacity 32,885 (2012–present)
30,255 (2007–2011)
30,199 (1998–2006)
20,000 (1972–1997)
Record attendance 35,127 (v. Michigan State University September 8, 2012)
Surface FieldTurf 2004 to present
Astroturf 1972 to 2003
Broke ground September, 1971
Opened November 4, 1972
Expanded 1998
Construction cost $2.2 million
($12.4 million in 2015 dollars[1])
Architect Hobbs+Black
Central Michigan Chippewas football (NCAA) (1972–present)

Kelly/Shorts Stadium is a stadium in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. It is primarily used for football, and is the home field of the Central Michigan University Chippewas. The stadium opened in 1972 and holds 32,885 spectators, making it the largest on-campus stadium in the Mid-American Conference. It is located on the southeast part of campus, along with most of the other athletic facilities.[2][3]

The stadium was originally named Perry Shorts Stadium in honor of R. Perry Shorts, a Saginaw banker who was a 1900 graduate and a generous donor. The stadium, which originally seated approximately 20,000 spectators, was dedicated on November 4, 1972, when the Chippewas defeated Illinois State University, 28–21, before a Homecoming crowd of nearly 17,000.[4] In June 1983, the CMU Board of Trustees voted to rename the facility Kelly/Shorts Stadium in honor of Kenneth "Bill" Kelly, who coached the Chippewa football team to a 91–58–2 record from 1951 to 1966.

A $28 million expansion project following the 1997 season added 10,000 seats to the stadium, increasing its capacity to 30,199. A two-tiered press box, locker room, and nine guest suites also were included in the expansion project. The original artificial turf, the first to be used in the state of Michigan, has been replaced three times, most recently in 2004 when it was changed from Astroturf to FieldTurf. Permanent lights were installed before the 2006 season, making it the last stadium in the Mid-American Conference to do so.[5]

The stadium has also been used as a site for other events, including high school football playoff games, concerts, and graduation ceremonies.


  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Kelly/Shorts Stadium, retrieved September 3, 2013 
  3. ^ Kelly/Shorts Stadium, retrieved September 3, 2013 
  4. ^ Great Games in CMU History, retrieved January 22, 2011 
  5. ^ Kelly/Shorts Stadium to Receive Lights, retrieved September 3, 2013 

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