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Bobcat Stadium is a football stadium on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. It opened in 1981 and was expanded in 2011–2012 to its present 30,000-seat capacity. Bobcat Stadium has been the home field for the Texas State Bobcats since 1981. In November 2003, the field was renamed Jim Wacker Field in honor of the former Bobcats football coach and director of athletics.

Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium
Texas State' Bobcat Stadium Wide View.JPG
Stadium interior
Bobcat Stadium is located in Texas
Bobcat Stadium
Bobcat Stadium
Location in Texas
Bobcat Stadium is located in the United States
Bobcat Stadium
Bobcat Stadium
Location in the United States
Full nameJim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium
Former namesBobcat Stadium (1981–2003)[1]
Location1100 Aquarena Springs Drive
San Marcos, Texas 78666
Coordinates29°53′28″N 97°55′32″W / 29.89111°N 97.92556°W / 29.89111; -97.92556Coordinates: 29°53′28″N 97°55′32″W / 29.89111°N 97.92556°W / 29.89111; -97.92556
OwnerTexas State University
Executive suites15
Capacity30,008[2]
Record attendance33,133
September 24, 2016
vs. University of Houston
SurfaceFieldTurf Duraspine PRO
Construction
Broke ground1979
Opened1981
Expanded2012
ArchitectLockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc[3]
Tenants
Texas State Bobcats football (1981–present)
San Antonio Riders (WLAF) (1992)
Main Facade, 2016

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HistoryEdit

The End Zone Complex was completed and dedicated in 2002. The facility located in the south end zone of Bobcat Stadium houses the athletic program's football operations. The End Zone Complex also has a full service training center, meeting rooms and coaching staff offices.

The capacity grew to over 16,000 at the beginning of the 2009 football season with the completion of the first phase of a multi-phased expansion. This first phase added The Jerry and Linda Fields West Side Complex, a three-tier structure (by adding onto the existing home side) that includes new premium club seating, with 450 seats, and 15 luxury suites. The facility's funding came from a donation by Texas State alumns Jerry and Linda Fields.[4]

In 2012, a $33 million expansion closing in the north end zone brought the stadium's capacity to 30,000. That season, the average attendance was 18,945 in the program's first season as a Division I FBS member. [5]

Other usesEdit

During its 25-year history, Bobcat Stadium has been a multi-use facility. It has been the home of the Texas Special Olympics,[6] and site of scenes from the movie The Ringer[7] and the hit NBC TV show, Friday Night Lights.[8]

 
Texas State Bobcats vs Navy Midshipmen - Sept 13,2014

Largest single game crowdsEdit

Date Opponent Attendance
Sept. 24, 2016 Houston 33,133
Sept. 8, 2012 Texas Tech 33,006
Sept. 13, 2014 Navy 32,007
Sept. 23, 2017 UTSA 31,333
Sept. 19, 2015 Southern Miss 27,252
Sept. 13, 2015 Prairie View A&M 24,561
Oct. 1, 2016 Incarnate Word 22,845
Sept. 28, 2013 Wyoming 22,015
Oct. 4, 2014 Idaho 21,345
Sept. 7, 2013 Prairie View A&M 20,136
Sept. 16, 2017 Appalachian State 19,520

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-26. Retrieved 2012-09-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.texasbob.com/stadium/stadium.php?id=30
  3. ^ http://txstatebobcats.com/sports/2010/7/29/FB_0729105705.aspx
  4. ^ Bobcats Stadium at TXStateBobcats.com
  5. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/Attendance/2012.pdf
  6. ^ "SPECIAL OLYMPICS TEXAS STATEWIDE". TXState.edu. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  7. ^ "The Ringer - Filming Locations". IMDB.com. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  8. ^ "Friday Night Lights - Filming Locations". IMDB.com. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  9. ^ http://www.txstatebobcats.com/sports/2010/7/29/FB_0729105705.aspx
  10. ^ TXSTATEFOOTBALL [@TXSTATEFOOTBALL] (13 September 2015). "Tonight's attendance: 24,561 #PVvsTXST" (Tweet) – via Twitter.