Fans, athletes, new recruits, community members – each have their own wants and needs in terms of athletic facilities, but all can agree that the current experience at the WSU stadium is less than stellar. Built in the 1930s, the stadium itself has not been renovated since the 1970s – as is evident by the deteriorating conditions found inside.
Capacity is another issue, with only 3,000 seats available. Even though WSU has the third largest student population among its peer institutions, it ranks seventh in stadium capacity. And, even with that limited capacity, there still aren’t enough bathrooms and concession stands to serve the game-day crowds. It’s not the experience WSU fans deserve.
The planned WSU Stadium Renovation will solve all these issues – maximizing existing space while improving seating, concessions, bathrooms and locker rooms. Fans will enjoy a thrilling game-day experience, athletes will have a place to play with pride, new recruits will witness a playing environment and support system worthy of their interest, and community members will have an updated space to host their own various athletic events.
With the help of our donors, we can truly give our Warriors the home that they deserve.
- Increased seating capacity of 7,000
- Event deck in South End Zone for large groups
- Additional entrances + 360 degree walkway around stadium
- Improved locker rooms for home and visiting teams
- Video board in South End Zone
- Additional men’s, women’s and family restrooms
- Multiple concession stands
- WSU apparel shop
“The main focus will be the fan experience and the game-day experience. Right now, you may not be able to find a seat; you’re certainly going to have a long wait in line to use an indoor restroom instead of the porta potties. We’re looking at expanding the seating to what our needs are for attendance at games, and then the rest of it is really amenities for the fans so that they can come to the games and enjoy it.” – Eric Schoh, Director of Athletics
“The renovation is going to change the atmosphere on Saturdays because – plain and simple – it’s going to bring more people to the stadium. When a big play happens on offense, or we get a big stop on defense, or get a touchdown, the student section is just going to erupt and it’s going to bring an atmosphere that’s going to be unmatchable to anybody else in our conference.” – Lauden Wood ’16, Football
“A huge factor in recruiting and choosing a place to play soccer comes down to the quality of facilities, and I think that we’re very low in our conference when comparing our facilities to others. By increasing the quality, we’ll be able to compete with other schools and get higher level recruits with better facilities.” – Mikaella Sabinash ‘18, Soccer
How you can get involved
Pave the Way and make your mark all at once. Gifts of $300 to $2,500 will be recognized with various sized brick pavers leading from the tunnel to the stadium’s entrance. Each brick will be customizable, allowing you to add whatever name and message you want to commemorate.
Attend home football and select soccer games and cheer on the Warriors this fall – and stop by our booth at the stadium entrance or Game Day Experience events to learn more about the project.
Read more about the project, watch video testimonials about the impact, and stay up-to-date on the WSU Stadium Renovation campaign at wsu.mn/Stadium.