Perkins Stadium

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Perkins Stadium

Perkins Stadium is a stadium in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Primarily used for American football, it is the home field of the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater "Warhawks". Opened in 1970 as Warhawks Stadium, the facility originally held 11,000 people. It was renamed Perkins Stadium on September 14, 1996, in honor of former football coach Forrest Perkins.

The stadium hosts the MACBDA Championships and the WSMA State Marching Band Championships. Drum Corps International held its annual Drum & Bugle Corps World Championships at the stadium in 1972 and 1973.

The stadium received new synthetic turf, bench areas, landscaping and other improvements, including upgrades to the entrance area and scoreboard, in 2008. With this upgrade the new seating capacity is now at 13,500, making it the largest stadium in Division III.

On October 3, 2015, a record crowd of 15,287 was recorded for a game. That mark was shattered on October 8, 2016 when the Warhawks defeated the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh 17–14 in front of a crowd of 17,535 fans.[1] That not only broke the previous Perkins Stadium record, but also broke the NCAA Division III record for attendance.[2] On September 23, 2017, the NCAA record was broken by a St. Thomas vs. Saint John's contest that was hosted at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[3] However, the October 2016 game maintains the largest crowd for a Division III game played at a non-neutral site. [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Top single-game attendance - D3football". www.d3football.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  2. ^ "UW-Oshkosh and UW-Whitewater Set NCAA Attendance Record". wiacsports.com. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  3. ^ "Tommies beat Johnnies 20-17 in front of record crowd at Target Field". Twin Cities. 2017-09-23. Retrieved 2020-04-23.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
first stadium
Host of the
Drum Corps International
World Championship

1972 – 1973
Succeeded by
Schoellkopf Field

Coordinates: 42°50′49″N 88°44′41″W / 42.847065°N 88.744849°W / 42.847065; -88.744849