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Encyclopedia > Peden Stadium
Peden Stadium
The Wrigley Field of College Football
Image:PedenStadium4.jpg
Facility statistics
Location Athens, Ohio
Broke ground 1927
Opened 1929
Revovated {{{renovated}}}
Expanded {{{expanded}}}
Closed Open
Demolished N/A
Owner Ohio University
Operator Ohio University
Surface FieldTurf
Construction cost $185,000 USD
Architect Osborn Engineering
Former names
Ohio University's Athletic Plant
Tenants
Ohio Bobcats (NCAA) (1929-Present)
Seating capacity
24,000

Peden Stadium is a football stadium at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. The home of the Ohio Bobcats football team since 1929, the stadium today has a capacity of 24,000. Peden Stadium is the oldest college football venue in the Mid-American Conference and among the oldest in the nation. Image File history File links PedenStadium4. ... Athens is a small, historic college town located in Athens County, in southeastern Ohio, USA, on the Hocking River. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... -1... Ohio University is a public university located in Athens, Ohio, enrolling almost 20,000 students on its main 1,800 acre (7. ... Ohio University is a public university located in Athens, Ohio, enrolling almost 20,000 students on its main 1,800 acre (7. ... This article is about general United States currency. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... -1... Football is the name given to a number of different team sports. ... Montreals Olympic Stadium The Athens Olympic Stadium Most stadiums are open-air, such as this football (soccer) stadium in the Netherlands. ... Ohio University is a public university located in Athens, Ohio, enrolling almost 20,000 students on its main 1,800 acre (7. ... Athens is a small, historic college town located in Athens County, in southeastern Ohio, USA, on the Hocking River. ...


The facility, originally known as Ohio University’s Athletic Plant, was built at a cost of $185,000 and was completed in 1929. The stadium originally sat only 12,000 fans with grandstands on each side of the playing field. The first ever game at the venue featured a 14-0 Bobcats victory over archrival Miami University in front of a sellout crowd. Following the retirement of legendary Ohio football coach Don C. Peden in 1946, the stadium was renamed Peden Stadium. Miami University, founded in 1809, is the second oldest college west of the Allegheny Mountains. ...

Peden Stadium as it originally looked in 1929. The stadium's capacity at this point was a mere 12,000.
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Peden Stadium as it originally looked in 1929. The stadium's capacity at this point was a mere 12,000.

Numerous renovations and enhancements have helped Peden Stadium to become one of the most attractive venues in the Mid-American Conference and Division 1-A football, allowing it to earn the nickname "The Wrigley Field of Collge Football". In 1986, the seating capacity was increased to 19,000 with the addition of two new grandstands in the north endzone. Four years later, a five story tower, called the Peden Tower, was added to the stadium's west side. Today, this state-of-the-art facility houses press boxes, gameday suites, football offices, athletic training facilities, team meeting rooms, a recruiting lounge, a ticket office, the football locker room, and Ohio Athletic's academic services and compliance departments. In 1999, a new 10,000 square foot strength and conditioning center called The Carin Center was added to the ground level of Peden Stadium. Image File history File linksMetadata PedenStadium3-lg. ... Image File history File linksMetadata PedenStadium3-lg. ...


Some of the most extensive renovations, though, occurred after the 2000 football season. This $2.8 million project removed the track, lowered the stadium's playing surface by 10 feet, and increased the seating capacity to its current mark of 24,000 with the addition of lower-level, bleacher-back seats collectively called the Phillips Club. Also during this renovation, permanent seating for Ohio's world famous marching band, The Marching 110, was created in the north end zone and Victory Hill, a grass berm for overflow seating, was added to the south end of the field. In 2002, the natural grass playing surface at the stadium was replaced with FieldTurf, and in 2003 a new Daktronics video scoreboard was added to the south endzone. Following the completion of the 2004 season, the stadium underwent another large project that renovated/expanded the stadium's athletic training facilities, added a large team auditorium, improved position meeting rooms, expanded the recruiting lounge, and enlarged office space for the football coaches. FieldTurf is a Montreal-based company which installs artificial grass playing surfaces identified by the FieldTurf trademark. ... English Noun scoreboard /skawrbawrd/ a large board for publicly displaying the score in a game or match. ...

Bobcats fans storm the field after Ohio's exciting 16-10 victory over Pittsburgh in 2005. The game was televised on ESPN2 and was the first home contest of the Frank Solich era at Ohio.
Bobcats fans storm the field after Ohio's exciting 16-10 victory over Pittsburgh in 2005. The game was televised on ESPN2 and was the first home contest of the Frank Solich era at Ohio.

Peden Stadium brought in its largest crowd on September 9, 2005, when 24,545 fans were in attendance to watch the Bobcats defeat the Pittsburgh Panthers 16-10. The game was televised on ESPN2 and was the first home game for Ohio Coach Frank Solich. Image File history File linksMetadata PedenStadium2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata PedenStadium2. ... City nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded 1758 Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ... The word Panther has several meanings: Any big cat with the condition known as melanism (causing black fur), see: Black Panther Leopard Puma Jaguar Any big cat from the genus Panthera, see: Lion Tiger Leopard Jaguar Codename for Mac OS X 10. ... Ohio head coach Frank Solich Frank Solich (born September 8, 1944 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA) is the head football coach of the Ohio University Bobcats. ...


In addition to serving as the home of Ohio Bobcats football games, the stadium has been used for several other purposes. It has hosted numerous local high school football games and high school state playoff games. In addition, the stadium serves as the home of Ohio's annual homecoming "Yell Like Hell" pep rally and has been the site of several concerts.


External links

Peden Stadium Information Page


Purchase Ohio Football Tickets Online


The Official Website of Ohio Bobcats Athletics


Ohio Bobcats Unoffical Fan Website


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The Ohio University Bobcats - Official Athletic Site (336 words)
Ohio's Peden Stadium, named after former Bobcat head coach Don Peden, was built at a cost of $185,000 and was dedicated in 1929 with a 14-0 victory over Miami.
As Ohio's coach from 1924-46, Peden led his teams to 121 wins in 178 games, a record that still stands as the school's best.
The stadium's tower, built in phases from 1989 to 1992, houses the football offices, athletic training facilities, team meeting rooms and the athletics department's academic services division.
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