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Encyclopedia > Joan C. Edwards Stadium

Joan C. Edwards Stadium, sometimes called "The Joan" is the home football stadium of Marshall University. It is located on the main campus in Huntington, West Virginia.


The stadium openned in 1991 as simply Marshall University Stadium. It replaced a condemned Depression era off-campus facility.


The stadium had an original capacity of 28,000, although 33,116 was the record crowd. Seating was expanded to 38,016 by 1998. The stadium was designed to have an upper deck added, bringing capacity to 55,000, should continued growth in the program warrant it.


In 2003 the stadium was renamed after Joan C. Edwards, who is the largest single donor to the university in the modern era. The university's medical school and fine arts center are also named for her. The field at the stadium is named for her late husband, James F. Edwards and the facilities building is named for Fred and Christine Shewey, who are also major donors.


As of 2004 the stadium is the only one in NCAA Division I named for a woman.


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Joan C. Edwards Stadium (1487 words)
Built in 1991, the Stadium was completed in 1992 at a cost of $30 million, and constructed of brick, concrete and exposed steel.
The 30,000 seat stadium has an Onmi-Turf artificial playing surface of 53,147 square feet, however the turf is scheduled to be replace next season with a new type of artificial turf.
There are 484 paved parking spaces on the west side of the stadium and 295 gravel parking spaces on the east side of the stadium.
Marshall University Virtual Tour: Joan C. Edwards Stadium (176 words)
Joan C. Edwards Stadium, built in 1991, is located at the corner of 20th Street and Third Avenue on the eastern end of campus.
On the east side of the stadium is a 129,000 square foot grass practice field.
The Shewey Athletics Building, adjacent to the north end of the stadium, is a two-story masonry building and was constructed in 1992.
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