Stambaugh Stadium

Stambaugh Stadium, officially Arnold D. Stambaugh Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Youngstown, Ohio, United States, on the campus of Youngstown State University. The stadium was built in 1982, and is primarily used for American football. It is the home venue for the Youngstown State Penguins football team, a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I Football Championship Division (FCS) level and the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

Stambaugh Stadium
The Ice Castle
West grandstand and press box
Location577 Fifth Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio 44502
Coordinates41°06′34″N 80°38′57″W
OwnerYoungstown State University
OperatorYoungstown State University
Capacity20,630 (1997–present)
17,000 (1982–1997)
SurfaceSprinTurf
Construction
OpenedSeptember 4, 1982 (1982-09-04)
Expanded1997
Tenants
Youngstown State Penguins (NCAA)
Football (1982–present)
Women's soccer (1996–2013)

History

When it opened in 1982, Stambaugh had one large grandstand on the west side, with a seating capacity of approximately 17,000. During their time at Stambaugh, the football team has risen to become a power in FCS football, qualifying for NCAA Division I Football Championship playoffs 12 times, advancing to the championship game on six occasions, and winning four national championships through the 2015 season. The stadium is also known by fans as the "Ice Castle".[1]

The stadium's 25th Anniversary was celebrated during the 2007 season, and the top 25 players in the stadium's first 25 years were honored at a ceremony on September 15, 2007.[2] Those players were:

Tony Bowens (1987–90)
Adrian Brown (1996–99)
Pat Crummey (1998–2001)
Pat Danko (1988–91)
Harry Deligianis (1995–97)
Drew Gerber (1990–93)
LeVar Greene (1998–2001)
Matt Hogg (1994–97)
Tim Johnson (1999–2000)
Leon Jones (1992–95)
Todd Kollar (1994–97)
Paul McFadden (1980–83)
Marcus Mason (2005–06)
P.J. Mays (2000–02)
Dave Roberts (1989–92)
Jeff Ryan (1998–2001)
Ian Shirey (1996–99)
Dwyte Smiley (1996–99)
Randy Smith (1991–94)
Tamron Smith (1990–93)
Paul Soltis (1987–89)
Lester Weaver (1991–94)
Paris Wicks (1979–82)
Jeff Wilkins (1990–93)
Jim Zdelar (1987–88)

Renovations

The stadium was upgraded and expanded prior to the 1997 athletic season with the addition of over 3,000 bleacher seats on the east side of the field, on the site of a practice field. In addition, a new press box was created and 14 additional luxury suites were built, along with a stadium club, which hosts the football team's weekly press conferences and is rented out for private events. Since 1997, the stadium's capacity is 20,630, making it the largest stadium in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.[1]

In the summer of 2009, an auxiliary scoreboard was constructed in the south end zone, giving Stambaugh Stadium a scoreboard in each end zone. New reserved chairback seats were also installed during the 2009 season along with two new flagpoles next to the scoreboard in the north end zone, one for the Ohio flag and one for the United States flag.

Other uses

In addition to hosting football and soccer home games, Stambaugh is also the home of YSU's athletic offices, football locker rooms and weight rooms, racquetball courts, ROTC offices, and visitor locker rooms. From 1996–2012, Stambaugh Stadium was also the home field for the YSU women's soccer team.

See also

References

  1. "Stambaugh Stadium". YSUSports.com. Youngstown State University. 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  2. Youngstown State University. "Top 25 Players Represent Stadium's Storied 25-Year History", YSUSports.com, Accessed March 4, 2011.
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