A. W. Mumford Stadium

AW Mumford Stadium is a 28,500-seat multi-purpose stadium on the campus of Southern University in Scotlandville, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It opened in 1928 and is home to the Southern Jaguars football and Southern University Laboratory School Kittens football teams, as well as the Southern women's soccer team. The Roscoe Moore Track located in the stadium is home to the men's and women's track and field teams.

AW Mumford Stadium
Ace W. Mumford Stadium (Baton Rouge, Louisiana).jpg
Former namesUniversity Stadium
LocationScotlandville, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Coordinates30°31′19″N 91°11′22″W / 30.521862°N 91.189528°W / 30.521862; -91.189528Coordinates: 30°31′19″N 91°11′22″W / 30.521862°N 91.189528°W / 30.521862; -91.189528
OwnerSouthern University
Capacity28,500+
SurfaceUBU Sports Intensity S5-M
Opened1928
Tenants
Southern Jaguars football (NCAA), 1928–present
Southern Lady Jaguars soccer (NCAA)
Southern Jaguars track and field (NCAA)
Southern Lady Jaguars track and field (NCAA)

The stadium is named after coach Arnett W. "Ace" Mumford,[1] the most successful coach in SU football history, who coached the Jaguars from 1936–42 and 1944–61.[2]

FootballEdit

Southern head coaches' records at home since A. W. Mumford Stadium was built (through 2018)Edit

  • Brice Taylor: 8–0
  • Cliff A. Purnell: 5–9–1
  • Arnett W. "Ace" Mumford: 176–60–14 (total includes all home, away, and neutral site games)
  • Robert "Bob" Lee: 9–5
  • Robert Smith: 14–5–1
  • Alva Tabor: 7–6–2
  • Charles "Charlie" Bates: 20–7–1
  • Ken Tillage: 0–1
  • Cass Jackson: 9–6–1
  • Otis Washington: 19–11
  • Marino "The Godfather" Casem: 8–7
  • Gerald Kimble: 7–5–1
  • Pete Richardson: 134–62 (total includes all home, away, and neutral site games)
  • Lyvonia A. "Stump" Mitchell: 3–7
  • Dawson Odums: 22–9, on the field (14–9, after wins from 2013 and 2014 were vacated[3])

Note: some home games are known to have been moved to City Park[4] or Memorial Stadium in Baton Rouge[5]

Football-related stadium renovationsEdit

Early Jaguar home football games were played on a field near the SU school of nursing, although Stanocola Park was also sometimes employed as a venue as well.[6] Stanocola Park, after more than forty years of use, was replaced by the new City Park Field in 1933.[7]

A contract for a permanent, on-campus stadium structure (with dormitory complex) was awarded by the state board of education on November 14, 1938.[8] The new stadium was to be completed along the field's west sideline by creatively taking Works Progress Administration funds that were earmarked to build a student dormitory and then building the dorm in the shape of a grandstand[6]—a technique that was possibly borrowed from Skipper Heard's 1931 expansion plans for Tiger Stadium at nearby Louisiana State University (the University of Tennessee similarly had dorm rooms incorporated into a Neyland Stadium expansion project around this time period as well[9]).

By the 1939 season Mumford's football program was so successful that it had begun turning heads even within the local white community; as a sign of the changing times, Southern had begun advertising accommodations for white patrons on the new stadium grounds.[10] When the stadium was completed in 1940, it included a 150-seat section for white patrons.[11] One of the more noteworthy white fans was Ellis A. "Little Fuzzy" Brown[12] who, along with his twin brother James ("Big Fuzzy"), coached Istrouma High School into the most successful dynasty in Louisiana's highest classification of prep football.[13]

Wooden bleacher seats were added to the east side in the late 1950s, and an additional expansion was funded by the state in 1958. In the 1960s the dorm rooms were converted into the team's meeting and locker rooms.[6]

Because SU's stadium could only hold 13,000 fans in the 1970s, Baton Rouge's Memorial Stadium—which could max out at 25,000—occasionally provided an alternative venue for prominent games.[14] However, Memorial Stadium had to be used exclusively for home games while the on-campus stadium was being enlarged, beginning immediately after the 1977 home-opener.[5] In 1982, with the expansion project finally complete, "University Stadium" was renamed after Mumford.[1] 7,500 seats were added to boost capacity to 20,000[15]—along with improved lighting that allowed for televised night games.[6]

6,000 bleacher seats were added to the end zones before the 1992 home opener.[16]

5,000 temporary bleacher seats were placed in the end zones in 1998. All 5,000 bleacher seats were then concentrated on the northern end zone side for the 1999 season, to go along with 1,000 new temporary bleacher seats that were also being installed there. The concrete grandstands along the sidelines held 24,000 seats.[17]

A $6.75 million renovation was begun on A. W. Mumford Stadium's west side in 2000. The structure was waterproofed, concrete seating was replaced with aluminum bleachers, and the cramped, single-story press box was replaced with a two-story box that included two elevators, seven suites, and an increase to four restrooms from the original one. The east side of the stadium was then renovated before the 2001 season. However, the Jaguars still had to dress at the F. G. Clark Activity Center, and the opponents still had to dress at the Seymour Gym;[18] meanwhile, the stadium's seating capacity stood at 24,000 seats.[19]

In 2009 an extensive addition was completed behind the north end zone.[20] 2,300 seats were added along with training rooms, weight rooms, conference rooms, coaches' offices, a student lounge, media rooms, memorabilia rooms, and eight luxury boxes.[21][22][23]

In 2016 UBU Sports, Incorporated-produced synthetic field turf was installed.[24]

Track and fieldEdit

Every spring semester the stadium hosts the Pelican Relays. College and high school track teams compete at this event.[25]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Araina Atkins (October 3, 2017). "Making of A. W. Mumford Stadium". southerndigest.com. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "Arnett W. "Ace" Mumford inductied (sic) into the Football Hall of Fame". southerndigest.com. August 15, 2001. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "Robinson 5 TDs for No. 16 TCU in 55-7 win over Southern U". si.com. 2018. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  4. ^ "Southern, Xavier Meet in Lions' Glasses Bowl Today: Strongest Negro University Grid Squads in State Clash Out at City Park This Afternoon at 2 o'Clock". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate (p. 18). December 7, 1940.
  5. ^ a b Joe Planas (November 25, 1979). "Ex-'fat dude' at home away from home". Baton Rouge Sunday Advocate (sec. D, p. 6).
  6. ^ a b c d Carol Anne Blitzer (June 24, 2002). "Ace's Place: Southern's stadium bears the name of A. W. 'Ace' Mumford, the man who built the program into a football power". Baton Rouge Advocate (sec. C, pp. 1–2).
  7. ^ "New Era in Baton Rouge Baseball History to Be Inaugurated Here Today: Senators Meet Mississippians in New City Park Field at Four o'Clock This Afternoon". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate (p. 1). April 29, 1933.
  8. ^ "Board Accepts $213,737 Bid on Building Here: Four Other Contracts Awarded for Construction Projects by Educational Group". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate (p. 7). November 15, 1938.
  9. ^ Richard Fernandez (November 9, 2012). "Tennessee's Neyland Stadium holds football games, anthropology classes". columbiamissourian.com. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  10. ^ "Football: A Classic Of The Season (ad)". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate (p. 14). October 14, 1939.
  11. ^ "Southern Tapers For Contest with Bluefield Eleven". Baton Rouge State–Times (sec. B, p. 8). November 14, 1940.
  12. ^ "Lions See Film On Southern U. Game with Xavier". Baton Rouge State–Times (sec. B, p. 8). November 26, 1940.
  13. ^ "James E. 'Big Fuzzy' Brown". lasportshall.com. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  14. ^ Joe Macaluso (November 15, 1979). "University sports". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate (Newcomers Guide Special Edition, pp. 42–43).
  15. ^ "Editorial: Eliminating headaches and making more money". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate (sec. B, p. 14). September 24, 1982.
  16. ^ "Southern adding 6,000 seats to Mumford Stadium". Baton Rouge Sunday Advocate (sec. D, p. 5). August 30, 1992.
  17. ^ Joseph Schiefelbein (August 12, 1999). "SU Notes: Jaguars seem pretty fit for the upcoming season—Business Is Good". Baton Rouge Advocate (sec. E, p. 3).
  18. ^ Joseph Schiefelbein (August 18, 2001). "SU unveils renovated press box". Baton Rouge Advocate (sec. E, p. 1).
  19. ^ Joseph Schiefelbein (June 26, 2001). "Jaguars, 'Nation' ready for wild 2001". Baton Rouge Advocate (Directory 2001: A Guide to Baton Rouge and Its Neighbors special sec., p. 20).
  20. ^ "Southern adding 6,000 seats to Mumford Stadium". The Advocate. Baton Rouge, LA. August 30, 1992. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  21. ^ "Improving athletic facilities high on Southern priority list". The Advocate. Baton Rouge, LA. December 13, 1998. Retrieved December 24, 2011. AW Mumford Stadium, which was built in 1928 and expanded in the late 1970s and early 1980s, is the only facility in Louisiana and the SWAC without an office complex.
  22. ^ Hackett, Dana (September 18, 2009). "Southern's Mumford Stadium vandalized". WBRZ. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  23. ^ "Southern University- Ace W. Mumford Stadium north endzone addition". WBRZ. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  24. ^ "A. W. Mumford Stadium Unveils New Field Turf". gojagsports.com. June 27, 2016. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  25. ^ "Pelican Relays". gojagsports.com. Retrieved April 4, 2017.