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Estes Stadium
Estes Stadium, Conway, Arkansas.jpg
Location 201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR 72035
Broke ground 1939
Opened September 22, 1939
Renovated 1998, 2013
Owner University of Central Arkansas
Operator University of Central Arkansas
Surface Fieldturf
Architect Cromwell Architects Engineers (renovation)
Tenants Central Arkansas Bears (NCAA)
Capacity 9,000 (2013-present)[1]
8,700 (2011-2012)
8,500 (1998-2010)
7,000 (1970-1997)
3,500 (1965-1969)
3,000 (1939-1964)

First Security Field at Estes Stadium is a 9,000-seat multi-purpose stadium in Conway, Arkansas. It is home to the Central Arkansas Bears football team, representing the University of Central Arkansas in the NCAA's Southland Conference. The facility opened in 1939.[2] In 2007, university President Lu Hardin announced that corporate sponsorship had been secured for the stadium from a local bank. As a result, the formal title of the stadium is First Security Field at Estes Stadium.[3] The stadium is named after Dan Estes, who coached the Bears from 1915 to 1932.[4]

The west (home) side of the stadium was torn down and rebuilt from the ground up before the 1998 season. The $5 million facility houses the entire football program, including dressing room, weight room, meeting and film rooms, equipment room, coaches' offices and athletic training room.[5]

The all-time attendance record, 12,755, was set on September 1, 2011 vs. Henderson State.[3]

On April 1, 2011, UCA announced plans to install a purple and gray striped football field for the 2011 season.[6] Installation of the field, done by Geo-Surfaces, began in late April, following the conclusion of spring practice, and finished in June.[7]

See also

  • List of college football stadiums with non-traditional field colors


  1. UCA Game Notes. Central Arkansas Athletics (August 25, 2013). Retrieved on September 17, 2013.
  2. Stadiums in the United States: Arkansas. World Stadiums. Retrieved on May 17, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 First Security Field @ Estes Stadium. Central Arkansas Athletics. Retrieved on September 9, 2012.
  4. Bears to Play Final Time on Estes Grass. Central Arkansas Athletics (April 15, 2011). Retrieved on September 17, 2013.
  5. UCA Athletic Facilities. Central Arkansas Athletics. Archived from the original on April 28, 2001. Retrieved on September 17, 2013.
  6. Purple & Gray Turf Coming to Estes Stadium. Central Arkansas Athletics (April 1, 2011). Retrieved on May 17, 2011.
  7. Purple & Gray Turf at Estes Stadium. Central Arkansas Athletics (June 15, 2011). Retrieved on September 17, 2013.

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