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Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium

February 9, 2012 ·

Officially named Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium/Horace Jones Field in 1968, Floyd Stadium will host its 79th season of Blue Raider football with the 2014 campaign. Set on the northwest end of campus, Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium has undergone a multimillion dollar renovation over the past few years to make it one of the premier facilities in the region and Conference USA.

During the summer of 2014, a new synthetic surface was installed to replace the turf that was installed in 2006. The surface is by Shaw Sports Turf and the brand used is Legion 46, which combines a high-performance monofilament fiber with a durable slit film fiber to provide a soft and resilient playing surface.

The Blue Raiders are 274-114-13 all-time at Floyd Stadium.

The stadium opened its doors on October 14, 1933, with a scoreless tie against Jacksonville State.

Originally built as two sideline grandstands on either side of an outdoor track, it was enlarged in 1940, 1960, 1968, and most recently in 1998 to bring it to its current configuration as an octagonal bowl.

The move to NCAA Division I-A (FBS) football was the catalyst for the 1998 renovation to Floyd Stadium. On August 24, 1995, the University announced plans for a $25 million renovation, which was approved by the State Building Commission. After a lengthy bid process, ground was officially broken for the stadium in January of 1997 with Turner Construction handling the project.

Upon completion, the stadium featured 30,788 seats with only the east side grandstands remaining from the original structure. The old press box gave way to a five-story tower including luxury suites on the third level, a large press area and suites on the fourth level, and a camera deck on the fifth level. The renovation also included the addition of more chair-back seats as well as a club level.

The stadium is also equipped with 16 indoor suites and 38 outdoor boxes.

In addition to the spectator facilities, the stadium complex includes a team meeting room, position meeting rooms, a 10,000 square foot weight room for all Middle Tennessee teams, an academic center for Blue Raider student-athletes, and access to Murphy Athletic Center from the stadium via a walkway. The stadium also allows for further expansion that would provide an increase of approximately 40,000 seats, putting capacity over the 70,000 mark.

The first game in the renovated stadium took place on Sept. 5, 1998. The game, in which Middle Tennessee hosted local rival Tennessee State, drew a school record at the time 27,568 fans. The attendance helped push Middle Tennessee over the top for its I-A qualifying attendance of 17,000 per game.

The Blue Raiders set a new stadium attendance record with 30,502 seeing the home team face Georgia Tech on Sept. 10, 2011.

The following is a rundown of the other facelifts that have been added during the 78-year history of Floyd Stadium: 1948: Permanent concrete stands added to Horace Jones Field to bring capacity to 6,200.

1960: Horace Jones Field expanded to 10,000 seats and a press area was added.

1968: Facility officially becomes Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium/Horace Jones Field.

1968: Seating capacity expanded to 14,000. In addition, a larger press box was added.

1971: Artificial turf was installed and natural grass became a thing of the past. First game on the new turf was Oct. 2, 1971, against Chattanooga.

1979: On Nov. 3, stadium is officially dedicated and press box sign unveiled.

1998: $25 million renovation expands seating capacity to 30,788 and the old press box gave way to a five-story facility with a club level, suites, press floor, and a camera deck.

2006: A new synthetic surface was installed to give the Blue Raiders one of the top surfaces in the country.

2007: A new state-of-the-art video board with an 18'x32' display was installed.

2011: A new fence was installed around the perimeter of the stadium.

2012: The Jeff Hendrix Stadium Club debuted on the west side of the stadium.

2014: New synthetic surface was installed, along with a new design.

QUICK FACTS
Capacity: 30,788
First Game 1933 vs Jacksonville St.
MT Record 274-114-13
Longest Win Streak 31 games

IMPORTANT DATES
1933: Horace Jones Field Opens
1956: 100th Game - Oct. 6
1975: 200th Game - Oct. 18
1994: 300th Game - Oct. 1
2000: First home game vs IA (La. Tech)
2001: First SBC home game (Idaho)
2003: First BCS foe at home (Temple)
2008: First home win vs BCS (Maryland)
2008: First National Broadcast (FAU)
2013: First Conference USA Game (ECU)
2013: 400th Game - Nov. 9 vs FIU

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