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Brooks Stadium / James C. Benton Field
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Location Conway, South Carolina
Broke ground July 30, 2002
Opened September 6, 2003
Renovated 2017
Expanded 2010, 2017-2018
Owner Coastal Carolina University
Operator Coastal Carolina University
Surface Shaw Sports PowerBlade (teal) (2015-present)
Grass (2003-2014)
Construction cost $59 Million
Architect McMillan Smith & Partners
General Contractor Hill Construction[1]
Tenants Coastal Carolina Chanticleers football (NCAA) (2003–present)
Capacity 15,000 (2017-present)
9,214 (2012-2016)
9,112 (2010-2011)
7,322 (2006-2009)
6,408 (2003-2005)

Brooks Stadium is a 15,000-seat multi-purpose stadium in Conway, South Carolina. It is home to the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers football team. The facility opened in 2003 and is named in honor of Coby Garrett Brooks and Boni Belle Brooks, children of the late Robert "Bob" Brooks. Brooks was a Loris, South Carolina, native and was the chairman of Hooters of America, Inc. The stadium is notable for its teal artificial turf.[2]

History and renovation

Groundbreaking for Brooks Stadium was held on July 30, 2002. Phase I of the stadium construction contained 6,408 seats, while the foundation and infrastructure of the stadium was designed to support future expansion to 20,000 seats.[3] The stadium was formally dedicated on September 6, 2003, as the Chanticleer football team opened its inaugural game vs. Newberry College in front of a crowd of more than 8,000. On October 7, 2006, the field was named James C. Benton Field to honor the family for a large donation they made to the Coastal athletics program earlier in the year.

2017-18 expansion

Following the announcement of the university joining the Sun Belt Conference on September 1, 2015, Brooks Stadium will undergo construction to expand the stadium to 20,000 seats. The NCAA requires FBS programs to maintain an average attendance of at least 15,000 over a rolling two-year cycle. The expansion project received approval from the state in November 2015, however construction is not expected to begin until January 2017. Coastal Carolina University officials have set the project pricetag at $38 million.[4] The committee also announced in February the lead architects for the expansion will be Heery International, Inc. architectural firm and Stubbs Muldrow Herin architects.[5] Groundbreaking for the project took place on March 21, 2017. Construction will take place over two phases; the first phase will expand the stadium to the FBS-minimum 15,000 seats by expanding the sidelines and connecting them to the north end zone as well as expanding the press box side upper deck. It was completed in time for Coastal Carolina's season opener against UMass on September 2, 2017. Construction of phase-II began in January, 2018, and will further expand capacity to over 20,000 seats by adding premium seating and an upper deck to the west side.[6]

Marrio & Josh Norman Fieldhouse

The $8.5 million fieldhouse opened at Brooks Stadium in June 2010. It was originally named for brothers Mark and Will Adkins (Coastal Carolina '89), who planned to donate $1.5 million to the project. The fieldhouse added 1,600 seats.

On November 3, 2018, it was announced that Josh Norman had donated a large amount of money to the athletic department and the Adkins Fieldhouse name changed to Marrio & Josh Norman Fieldhouse.

The Marrio & Josh Norman Fieldhouse also includes houses:

  • Football offices, meeting rooms, and football locker room
  • 13,000-square-foot (1,200 m2) Strength & conditioning center for all student-athletes
  • Men's and women's cross country and track & field offices
  • Men's and women's soccer offices
  • Men's and women's golf offices
  • Men's tennis office
  • Baseball office
  • Softball office
  • Sasser Athletic Hall of Fame

Attendance records

Rank Attendance Date Game Result
1 15,991 10/7/2017 Coastal Carolina 21, Georgia State 27
2 15,545 11/11/2017 Coastal Carolina 17, Troy 42
3 14,996 9/23/2017 Coastal Carolina 10, Western Illinois 52
4 13,997 10/28/2017 Coastal Carolina 7, Texas State 27
5 13,274 9/2/2017 Coastal Carolina 38, UMass 28
T6 10,311 9/19/2015 Coastal Carolina 34, Western Illinois 27
T6 10,311 9/26/2015 Coastal Carolina 31, Bryant 17
T6 10,311 9/24/2016 Coastal Carolina 41, Furman 21
9 10,293 10/1/2016 Coastal Carolina 58, (#10) Charleston Southern 59
10 10,194 10/25/2014 Coastal Carolina 43, Charleston Southern 22

Gallery

See also

  • List of NCAA Division I FBS football stadiums

References

  1. Coastal Carolina University Stadium. Hill Construction. Retrieved on September 10, 2012.
  2. McGuire, Kevin. "Coastal Carolina going with teal for new artificial turf", NBC Sports, 2015-01-25. 
  3. Football stadium at Coastal to be named for Brooks. Coastal Carolina University (August 11, 2013). Retrieved on September 1, 2015.
  4. Coastal Carolina committee approves $38M bonds for Brooks Stadium expansion. Coastal Carolina University. Retrieved on April 8, 2016.
  5. Brooks Stadium Additions. Coastal Carolina University. Retrieved on April 8, 2016.
  6. Coastal Has Football Stadium Expansion Groundbreaking Ceremony. Coastal Carolina University Athletics. Retrieved on 11 June 2017.

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