A.W. Mumford Stadium: Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA
Backstory and Context
Jaguar home football games were played at City Park Field from 1933 to 1940. In 1938 the state board of education awarded the university funds for a permanent, on-campus stadium. The new stadium called University Stadium was to be completed in 1940 and because the football program was so successful under coach A.W. Mumford it included a 150 seat section for white fans who were now interested in attending the games. In the 1950s, the Jaguars became the team to beat. The larger games were played in Downtown Baton Rouge at Memorial Stadium. Due to complaints from students, in 1958, the state Legislature approved the funds to expand the stadium from 5,000 seats to 20,500 seats. A legendary game was played at University Stadium when the Jaguars took on Grambling Tigers in 1960 with Southern defeating Grambling 16 to 6.
Southern University's football program continued to gain prominence, in the 1970's Baton Rouge's Memorial which could hold 25,000, was used to host big games. In the late 70's University Stadium underwent another expansion. In 1982, the expansion project was finally complete and University Stadium was renamed A.W. Mumford Stadium along with improved lighting that allowed for televised night games. The stadium is also home the University's famous marching band also known as the Human Jukebox.
In 2000 a $6.75 million renovation project on the Stadium's west side and also added a two-story press box and seven suites. In 2009 an extensive addition was completed behind the north and 2,300 seats were added along with training rooms, weight rooms, conference rooms, coaches' offices, a student lounge, media rooms, and memorabilia rooms. In 2016 synthetic turf was installed and a state of the art scoreboard. Today, Ace W. Mumford Stadium holds 28,500 seats.
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