Husky Stadium (Houston Baptist University)

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Husky Stadium
Grandstands from the berm, Husky Stadium - Football.JPG
Location7502 Fondren Road
Houston, Texas 77074
Coordinates29°41′33″N 95°30′41″W / 29.69250°N 95.51139°W / 29.69250; -95.51139Coordinates: 29°41′33″N 95°30′41″W / 29.69250°N 95.51139°W / 29.69250; -95.51139
OwnerHouston Baptist University
OperatorHouston Baptist University
Capacity5,000[1]
Record attendance4,125 (September 10, 2016)
SurfaceDesso iDNA[2]
Construction
Broke groundMarch 2013
OpenedSeptember 6, 2014
Construction costEstimated cost $13 million[3]
ArchitectPGAL
General contractorTellepsen Builders
Tenants
Houston Baptist Huskies (NCAA) (2014–present)

Husky Stadium is a stadium on the campus of Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas. It is used for American football, and is the home field for the Houston Baptist Huskies football team. The stadium is located near the corner of Beechnut and Fondren. Initial capacity is 5,000 with future construction phases to increase capacity. The stadium inaugural game held on September 6, 2014 was between the Houston Baptist Huskies and the McMurry War Hawks.[4]

Stadium Features[edit]

First phase for the stadium includes grandstands on the western side of the stadium with seating for 5,065[5] including 468 chairback seats. A berm is located north of the northern end zone area. The stadium includes two press box sections, each measuring 12' x 71'. A covered camera deck is located between the two press box sections. An elevator tower at the rear of the grandstands provides access to the press box level. On the ground level, a combination ticket box office/concession building is located at the northern side of the grandstands. Concessions are also located at the southern side of the grandstands with restrooms located in between. Also included is a weight room for the Husky athletic programs.[6] Dunham Field, the playing field, is an artificial surface consisting of a Desso iDNA surface. The playing field was installed prior to the 2013 season. It was used only as the Husky's practice field in the initial season until the stadium was built prior to the 2014 season.

Donations and gifts[edit]

Donors who helped build the stadium include Bob & Janice McNair and Archie & Linda Dunham. The Dunham's donation was used to construct the field and practice facilities, so the field has been named Dunham Field.[7] The McNairs donation was used to finish the stadium's seating, ticket office, and press box.[8]

Year by year[edit]

Houston Baptist Huskies
Season Average Crowd Largest Crowd Home Record
2014[9] 3,502 4,018 1-4
2015[10] 2,325 3,185 2-5
2016[11] 3,276 4,125 3-2
2017[12] 2,250 2,543 0-4
2018[13] 2,217 2,687 1-5

Top Five Husky Stadium Crowds[edit]

Houston Baptist Huskies
Attendance Date Score
#1 4,125 September 10, 2016 HBU 24, Texas Southern 20
#2 4,018 September 6, 2014 McMurry 26, HBU 17
#3 3,823 September 27, 2014 Abilene 59, HBU 14
#4 3,386 October 25, 2014 HBU 31, Nicholls State 21
#5 3,217 October 15, 2016 Nicholls State 33, HBU 30 (2OT)

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 HBU Huskies Football" (pdf). Houston Baptist University Athletics. p. 1. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
  2. ^ "Dunham Field Houston Baptist University". Paragon Sports. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
  3. ^ "College construction heats up". Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal. American City Business Journals. August 18, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
  4. ^ "HBU to open new on-campus stadium Sept. 6, 2014". Houston Chronicle. March 12, 2014. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  5. ^ "Houston Baptist University". Southern Bleacher Company, Inc. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 5,065 seats Interlock 2000 Decking System (2) 12’ x 71’ pressboxes - covered film platform between pressboxes
  6. ^ "Facilities". Houston Baptist University Athletics. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  7. ^ "Dunham Family Contributes Gift for Football Field : Huskies playing surface is named Dunham Field". Sharps Town District. April 23, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  8. ^ "McNairs donate $3M toward HBU stadium". KHOU. February 9, 2014. Archived from the original on May 30, 2014.
  9. ^ "Houston Baptist - Cumulative Season Statistics". hbuhuskies.com.
  10. ^ "Houston Baptist - Cumulative Season Statistics". hbuhuskies.com.
  11. ^ "Houston Baptist - Cumulative Season Statistics". hbuhuskies.com.
  12. ^ "Houston Baptist - Cumulative Season Statistics". hbuhuskies.com.
  13. ^ "Houston Baptist - Cumulative Season Statistics". hbuhuskies.com.

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