Lubbers Stadium

Lubbers Stadium, or Arend D. Lubbers Stadium, is a stadium on the Grand Valley State University's main campus in Allendale, Michigan, USA. The stadium was named after former university president Arend Lubbers.[3] It is primarily used for American football, and is the home field of the Grand Valley State Lakers. "Lakers Stadium" - as it was originally known - was constructed in 1972, and opened in 1973. It now officially seats 10,444 people - though it almost always holds thousands more fans.[3][4] The stadium is also home to a football weight training facility.[3]

Lubbers Stadium
Full nameArend D. Lubbers Stadium
Former namesLakers Stadium (1973 - 1979)
Address4415 Stadium Drive, Allendale, MI 49401
LocationGVSU Main Campus
Coordinates42°58′9.4″N 85°53′39.5″W
OwnerGrand Valley State University
OperatorGrand Valley State University
Capacity10,444 (2012-present)
8,950 (2011)
8,550 (1979-2010)
Record attendance16,734 (2017)
SurfaceFieldTurf (2012-present)
Kentucky Bluegrass (1973-2011)
ScoreboardDaktronics with ProStar video display board
Construction
OpenedSeptember 15, 1973 [1]
Expanded1998, 2008, 2011, 2012 [2]
Tenants
Grand Valley State Lakers football (NCAA) (1973-present)

History

"Lakers Stadium" - as it was originally known - hosted its first football game on September 15, 1973 against Kalamazoo College. The Lakers won their first ever home game by defeating the Hornets 27-14.[5] The stadium was officially dedicated and formally named "Arend D. Lubbers Stadium" on September 15, 1979.[6]

Location

Lubbers Stadium is located in the northwest part of campus along with most all other athletics facilities, just north of the Kelly Family Sports Center and just south of Lake Michigan Drive.

Expansions

Beginning in the spring of 2011, Lubbers Stadium began undergoing a series of expansions and renovations that will increase capacity, concessions, and restroom facilities. The improvements are being paid for by several large private gifts.[7]

2011

The first year of expansion included replacing the student seating section with new stands, increasing student seating by 400 seats and wrapping around the corners of the stadium creating a horseshoe. Permanent concession stands and restrooms behind student section were also built to accommodate the increase in seating and the fans sitting in the south end. The wooden benches in the east and west grandstands were wrapped in blue acrylic plastic to provide more comfortable seating and a longer lifespan.

2012

In second year of renovations the field was lowered by eight feet and the outdoor track surface was removed and replaced by the new track and lacrosse stadium that was constructed on the south side of campus. Lowering the field gave the opportunity to add four rows of seating down toward the field in a horseshoe configuration, adding 2,000 seats. Chair-back seats were added in four of the new sections behind the home sideline. A grass slope was built behind the north end zone and in front of the video board for overflow seating and the band section was moved to the southeast corner. The field was then replaced with an artificial turf playing surface.[8]

2016

The existing video board in the stadium was replaced. The new board is 40 feet tall and 72.5 feet wide, a total display area of 2,900 square ft. making the new board nine times larger than the old one. It is the largest board in Division II and would rank second among all FCS schools, it is the fourth largest in the state of Michigan and the 40th largest on-campus display board in the country. In addition an 18 x 8 scoreboard was added to the south side of the stadium.[9]

2017

Expansion occurred during the summer months of 2017 on the press box, located on the west side of the stadium. The addition was on the upper north section of press box, adding another few boxes. The project was completed in late August, in time for the upcoming season.

Beyond

Designed with the future in mind, the stadium can have permanent seating added when needed, with ultimate expansion to 20,000 seats.[3] In the years beyond this expansion the University plans on adding visiting locker rooms under the east grandstand and remove the existing press box and replace it with a larger one to add more seating and sky boxes. These improvements would be paid for by a public fund raising campaign.

Attendance records

Highest Attendance at Lubbers Stadium
RankAttendanceYearGame result
1 16,889[10] 2016 Grand Valley 35, Ferris State 23
2 16,734[11] 2017 Grand Valley 48, Davenport 0
3 16,671[12] 2018 Grand Valley 45, Michigan Tech 20
4 16,467 [13]2009Grand Valley 38, Saginaw Valley 7
5 16,236 [14]2016Grand Valley 50, Northern Michigan 24
6 16,121 [15]2015Grand Valley 24, Ferris State 61
7 15,985[16] 2017 Grand Valley 34, Saginaw Valley 6
8 15,139 [17]2012Grand Valley 83, Notre Dame (Ohio) 46
9 15,004 [18]2011Grand Valley 44, Western Oregon 20
10 14,688 [19]2016Grand Valley 55, Lake Erie 7
11 14,612 [20]2008Grand Valley 31, Ferris State 13
12 14,557 [21]2005Grand Valley 30, Ferris State 10
13 14,472 [22]2005Grand Valley 31, Saginaw Valley 10

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Stadium traditions

  • "Cannons" – After every touchdown or field goal score by GVSU, "cannons" or fireworks are shot off behind the student section on the south end of the stadium.
  • "Grass slopes" – Grass slopes have existed in Lubbers Stadium since its initial construction. Through various expansions and renovations, the athletic department has made it a priority to preserve a grass slope in the stadium.[7]
  • "Rowing" – After every touchdown or field goal score by GVSU, the Laker student section sits down and "rows" like a rowboat the total number of points scored by the team thus far in the game.
  • "Lubbers Leap" - When the team enters the field from the north ramp prior to kickoff they run across the field and leap into the student section in the south endzone.

References

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  3. "Lubbers Stadium". GVSU Lakers. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
  4. "GVSU - Grand Valley Stadium (Lubbers Stadium)". D2Football.com. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
  5. "Grand Valley State Yearly Results 1971-1974". cfbdatawarehouse.com. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  6. Verification phone call to GVSU Athletic Information Office on 12/10/15.
  7. "Expansion, renovations begin at Grand Valley State's Lubbers Stadium". The Grand Rapids Press. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  8. "GVSU Lubbers Stadium Field Renovation". Erhardt Construction. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
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  11. "First meeting between Grand Valley and Davenport a surprise - for a half". MLive.com. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  12. "Official Site of GVSU Athletics - Boxscore for Football vs Michigan Tech on 9/22/2018". gvsulakers.com. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  13. "No. 1 Grand Valley State Claims A 38-7 Win Over No. 13 Saginaw Valley State". September 13, 2015. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  14. "Box Score". September 29, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  15. "Tonight's Attendance". September 20, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  16. "Official Site of GVSU Athletics - Football vs Saginaw Valley State on 9/30/2017". gvsulakers.com. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  17. "Offensive Fireworks Lead #7 Lakers to 83-46 Victory". September 8, 2012. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  18. "No. 5 Grand Valley State Claims 44-20 Season-Opening Win Over Western Oregon". September 2, 2011. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
  19. "Lake Erie Grand Valley Box Score". Grand Valley State University. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
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  21. "GVSU Claims 30-10 Victory Over Ferris State In Season Opener". Grand Valley State University. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  22. "#1 Lakers Claim 31-10 Victory Over #4 Saginaw Valley State". Grand Valley State University. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
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