Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium Jackson State University
Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium is located in Jackson, Mississippi. It is the home stadium of the Jackson State Tigers football team since 1970. Jackson State is a Historically Black University in located Jackson Mississippi. This stadium was originally known as War Veterans Memorial Stadium and Hinds County War Memorial Stadium. The Stadium is the former home to the University of Mississippi "Ole Miss" football games. Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi football programs have also used the Veterans Memorial Stadium as an alternate site for their home games. The stadium's capacity is 60,492. Jackson State University has owned and operated the stadium since July 1, 2011.
Backstory and Context
Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium opened in 1950. Construction on the facility began in 1949 and opened in 1950 with a seating capacity of 21,000. In 1953 temporary increased the capacity up to 25,000 and in 1961 the stadium was expanded to hold 46,000. Veterans Memorial is the former home to Mississippi's three major football programs for many years (University of Mississippi, Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi). It has also been the home of HBCU Jackson State University since 1970. In 1981 the stadium underwent another expansion that brought total capacity to around 60,492.
In 1960 the Mississippi State Legislature took control of the stadium and it remained under the State's control until 2011. In 2011 the Legislature transferred operations and managing power to Jackson State University ending an what many had thought was an unfair arrangement where the State took a large percentage of revenue from their football games.
The stadium was also host to the annual Capital City Classic between Jackson State's in-state rival and fellow SWAC conference member, Alcorn State University. The game was held exclusive at Veterans Memorial Stadium from 1993 to 2010. Starting in 2011 the game began to alternate between Veterans Memorial Stadium and Alcorn State's home field. The stadium also held the Mississippi High School Activities Associations (MHSAA) high school football state champion games from 1992 to 2013.
Because of more recent modifications, particularly the facility's horseshoe shaped bleacher seats, it now accommodates 44,215 fans and is ideally suited for concerts and events that are held at the stadium.
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