JPS Field at Malone Stadium
The exterior of Malone Stadium
|Full name||JPS Field at Malone Stadium|
|Location||514 Warhawk Way|
Monroe, Louisiana 71203
|Owner||University of Louisiana at Monroe|
|Operator||University of Louisiana at Monroe|
(September 21, 2012 vs. Baylor)
|Opened||September 16, 1978|
|Construction cost||$2.5 million|
|Architect||Hugh G. Parker, Jr. Architects (renovations)|
|Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks football (1978–present)|
JPS Field at Malone Stadium is a stadium in Monroe, Louisiana, United States, on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Monroe. It is primarily used for football and is the home field of the ULM Warhawks. The stadium, named for former coach James L. Malone, opened in 1978 and has a seating capacity of 27,617 people. The field is named JPS Field, for a local company, JPS Aviation/JPS Equipment Rental. The field was named after the company after they agreed to fund installation of a new FieldTurf playing surface in 2014.
Because Northeast Louisiana University's previous stadium could hold just over 8,000 spectators, the late Mayor W. L. "Jack" Howard pushed for construction of a new football stadium. Malone Stadium, named after the winningest coach in school history James L. Malone, opened on September 16, 1978, with a capacity of 20,000, with the then-Northeast Louisiana Indians beat Arkansas State, 21–13.
It is located across Bayou Desiard from the main campus, the center of the school's athletic facilities. The field runs roughly north-northeast, with an imbalanced grandstand, the west stands being the larger stands. The lower west level is a solid enclosed structure, with the ULM Athletic Training Center enclosed, and the upper level extends much higher, with the press box and luxury boxes located on top. The east side is also decked, with a short first deck wrapping around almost from goalpost to goalpost and another short steel-supported upper deck running the length of the field.
Both sides of seating were extended into each end zone in 1983, increasing the capacity to 23,277. The press box was enlarged in 1991, and capacity decreased to 22,077. In 1993, 8,350 seats were added to the stadium, increasing capacity to its current figure of 30,427.
In 2007, ULM excavated the natural grass from Malone Stadium to install ProPlay artificial turf.
In 2011, the university installed a new scoreboard with a high definition video display measuring 23 feet high by 48 feet wide (1,104 square feet) and flanked by two low definition video panels for advertisements measuring 16 feet high by 14 feet wide. Also, a new sound system was installed in the upper corners of the scoreboard.
A record crowd of 31,175 was reached on September 21, 2012 against the Baylor Bears at the 2012 home opener.
A new field house facility was completed in August 2016 at a cost of $4.1 million. The 11,750-square-foot (1,092 m2) building is located in the north end zone, attached to the west grandstand. It features a hall of fame area, locker room, coaches’ offices, and patios overlooking the field.
Top 10 Largest Crowds
The largest crowd to see a Warhawk football game in Malone Stadium was 31,175 on September 21, 2012, when the Warhawks hosted Baylor University.
|1||September 21, 2012||31,175||Baylor||L, 42–47|
|2||November 20, 2007||30,101||Grambling State||W, 28–14|
|3||October 10, 1998||28,725||Louisiana Tech||L, 14–44|
|4||September 10, 2011||26,532||Grambling State||W, 35–7|
|5||September 7, 1996||24,842||Minnesota||L, 3–30|
|6||September 3, 2016||24,718||Southern||W, 38–21|
|7||October 9, 1982||23,900||Louisiana Tech||L, 10–17|
|8||September 7, 2013||23,600||Grambling State||W, 48–10|
|9||November 3, 1984||23,452||Louisiana Tech||W, 12–10|
|10||August 30, 2007||22,022||Tulsa||L, 17–35|
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- University of Louisiana at Monroe to Upgrade with Daktronics LED Technology
- Hunsucker, Adam (August 2, 2016). "ULM unveils much-anticipated football facility". The News-Star. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
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