Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium

Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium at Jimmy Feix Field is a 22,000-seat multi-purpose stadium in Bowling Green, in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It is home to the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers football team.

Houchens Industries–LT Smith Stadium
"The Houch"
Outside of LT Smith Stadium, October 2013
Houchens Industries–LT Smith Stadium is located in Kentucky
Houchens Industries–LT Smith Stadium
Houchens Industries–LT Smith Stadium
Location in Kentucky
Houchens Industries–LT Smith Stadium is located in the United States
Houchens Industries–LT Smith Stadium
Houchens Industries–LT Smith Stadium
Location in the United States
LocationBowling Green, KY
Coordinates36°59′5″N 86°27′34″W / 36.98472°N 86.45944°W / 36.98472; -86.45944Coordinates: 36°59′5″N 86°27′34″W / 36.98472°N 86.45944°W / 36.98472; -86.45944
OwnerWestern Kentucky University
OperatorWestern Kentucky University
SurfaceFieldTurf (2009–present)
Astroplay (2002–2008)
Grass (1968–2001)
Construction cost$2.7 million
$50 million (renovation)
ArchitectRyan Associated Architects
Heery International & Taylor-Whitney Architects (renovation)
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (NCAA) (1968–present)


When the stadium was built in 1968 it seated 19,250 fans. The facility was expanded to a seating capacity of 22,000 in a project that was completed in 2008. This was planned to prepare for the Hilltoppers' move to the highest level of NCAA football competition, Division I FBS (formerly known as Division I-A), completed in 2009. However, the facility remains one of the smallest stadiums in the FBS.[2]


A 1989 renovation reduced the seating capacity to 17,500 seats. Lights were installed in 1987 and an Astroplay playing surface was installed in 2002. On July 19, 2007, WKU reported that Houchens Industries, a long-time corporate supporter of WKU, made a $5 million commitment to an expansion and renovation project for the school's football stadium. In honor of the gift, WKU added Houchens Industries to the name of L. T. Smith Stadium. Today, the stadium is now titled as Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium.

Notable eventsEdit

Smith Stadium has been the site of marching band competitions, high school football games, the university's graduation ceremonies and the Special Olympics. Starting in 2009, it became the site of Kentucky's high school football championship games, which had been previously held at the current Cardinal Stadium on the campus of the University of Louisville. Although the contract with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) had been extended through 2018,[3] the KHSAA decided to move the championships away from WKU in 2017. One of the reasons cited was the Hilltoppers' recent football success, specifically their hosting of the 2015 and 2016 Conference USA championship games, which forced the rescheduling of several high school championship games on short notice. Accordingly, the 2017 and 2018 KHSAA championships were moved to the University of Kentucky's Kroger Field.[4]

Record crowdsEdit

Highest attendance at
Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium
Rank Attendance Opponent Date
1 23,674 Vanderbilt Sept. 24, 2016
2 23,252 Southern Miss Sept. 22, 2012
3 22,323 Louisiana–Monroe Oct. 20, 2012
4 22,297 Murray State Sept. 20, 2008
5 20,772 Indiana Sept. 18, 2010
6 20,568 South Florida Sept. 12, 2009
7 20,428 Eastern Kentucky Oct. 26, 1968
8 20,320 Miami (OH) Sept. 26, 2015
T9 20,100 Middle Tennessee State Nov. 8, 1980
T9 20,100 Morehead State Nov. 1, 1975
T10 20,000 Middle Tennessee State Nov. 13, 1976
T10 20,000 Dayton Nov. 12, 1974

Homecoming 2012:


Homecoming 2013:


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-10. Retrieved 2011-09-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ L. T. Smith Stadium
  3. ^ "KHSAA Extends Football Championship Agreement With Russell Athletic, Western Kentucky University Through 2018" (Press release). Kentucky High School Athletic Association. November 18, 2014. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  4. ^ "Board of Control Addresses Championship Sites for Football, Girls' Basketball, Dance" (Press release). Kentucky High School Athletic Association. May 10, 2017. Retrieved May 10, 2017.