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Hornet Stadium
Location 6000 J Street
Sacramento, California 95819
Opened 1969
Owner Sacramento State
Operator Sacramento State
Surface FieldTurf 2010 to present
grass 1969 to 2009
Tenants Sacramento State Hornets (NCAA) (1969-Present)
Sacramento Mountain Lions (UFL) (2010-2011)
Sacramento Gold Miners (CFL) (1993-94)
Sacramento Surge (WLAF) (1992)
Capacity 21,195

Hornet Stadium is a 21,195 seat football stadium in Sacramento, California. It is located at California State University, Sacramento. It was completed in 1969. It is the home football stadium of the Sacramento State Hornets. It has also been the home stadium of the Sacramento Surge of the WLAF, the Sacramento Gold Miners of the Canadian Football League, and the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League.

Stadium improvements

1992

  • Temporary seating was installed at the end zones to increase capacity to 26,000 for the Sacramento Surge. These seats were removed in 1993 to accommodate for the larger CFL field.

1998

  • Permanent chairbacks were installed in Section 213 at the 50-yard line.

2000

  • The stadium underwent a $1 million improvement in preparation for the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials; An Olympic-sized track was installed surrounding the field as well as a practice track north of the stadium.

2003

  • New scoreboard installed.

2007

  • New public entrances

2008

  • Broad Fieldhouse opened, which included new offices, locker rooms, athletic training room, weight room, and a VIP patio.

2010

  • Natural grass was replaced by FieldTurf Duraspine Pro.
  • "The Well" opened next to the north end zone which provided paved areas for concessions.
  • A Jumbotron was added below the scoreboard for Sacramento Mountain Lions' games.

Notable

  • On July 7, 1993, It was the site of the first Canadian Football League game ever played on American soil, where The Calgary Stampeders defeated the Gold Miners 38-36.
  • Hornet Stadium hosted the first game between US franchises in the CFL when the Las Vegas Posse defeated the Gold Miners 32-26.
  • The largest crowd ever to witness an event in Hornet Stadium was when the Sacramento Surge defeated the Barcelona Dragons in the World League playoffs on May 30, 1992 in front of 26,445 fans.
  • The largest Sacramento State crowd came on September 18, 1999, as the Hornets defeated arch-rival UC Davis in the Causeway Classic, 48-27, in front of 20,993 spectators.
  • The Sacramento Mountain Lions played their first game at the stadium on September 25, 2010 in a 24-20 win over the Florida Tuskers in front of a crown that was estimated to be over 20,000.
  • In 2000 and 2004, the stadium hosted the U.S. Olympic Trials.
  • In 2011, the stadium hosted the World Masters Athletics Championships.
  • The stadium will host the California Interscholastic Federation State Football Championships from 2015 to 2017.

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