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Provost Umphrey Stadium
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Location Beaumont, Texas
Opened 1964
Renovated 2010
Owner Lamar University
Operator Lamar University
Surface Hellas Matrix Turf[1][2]
Construction cost $1,000,000
($NaN in 2022 dollars[3])
$30 million (2010 Renovation)
($NaN in 2022 dollars[3])
Architect Renovation: Leo A. Daly[4]
Main contractors Renovation: SETEX Construction Corp.[5]
Former names Cardinal Stadium
Tenants Lamar Cardinals football (NCAA)
Capacity 1964 (17,500)
2010 (16,000)[6]

Provost Umphrey Stadium (previously Cardinal Stadium) is a 16,000-seat[7] multi-purpose stadium located on the campus of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. The stadium, home to the Lamar Cardinals football team, is located next to the Montagne Center. While primarily used for football, Provost Umphrey Stadium is also a concert venue with seating up to 20,000 for concerts.[8] The stadium was completely renovated in 2009 and is designed to allow for a future expansion to 28,000.[9]

Stadium Features

Main seating areas

The stadium is configured in a predominantly northeast-southwest placement with two sides of seating. Entrance into the stadium is via one of four entrance gates located at the Southwest, Northwest, Southeast, and Northeast of the stadium. Ticket booths are located near the gates. Seating access to each of the stadium sides is provided at street level through a covered concourse. Concessions, six areas in total, as well as twelve rest room facilities are located in the concourse area. In addition, flat screen televisions are located throughout. Large photographic murals from games in the earlier days of the stadium are mounted on the concourse walls.

With the exception of the press box and chair back seating sections on the west side, each side of the stadium is basically a mirror image of the other. Each side is divided into two main levels with one level below street level and the other elevated. A street level outdoor concourse separates the two levels. A walkway on the south side of the stadium extends from each of the outdoor concourses and connects the two stadium sides providing easy pedestrian access from one side of the stadium to the other.

Additional seating

In addition to the two sides, the Morgan VIP suites located in the Montagne Center on the north end zone side of the stadium provide 112 seats (16 seats for each of the 7 suites). The Montagne Center Red Room, located above the VIP suites and overlooking the stadium, can accommodate up to 75 guests. Overflow attendance can be accommodated by large grassy areas located on both the north and south sides of the stadium. (Seating in the grassy areas is not included in the stated 16,000 stadium capacity.) The two southern porch sections of the Montagne Center also provide additional seating. Additionally, a presidential suite which can hold 25 is located in the press box. The presidential suite includes a kitchenette.

The outdoor concourses and south side walkway also contain a total of one hundred eight (108) chair-back seats as well as additional space for wheelchair seating. Each side has forty chair-back seats and additional space for wheelchair seating. In addition, the south side walkway includes twenty-eight (28) chair-back seats and wheelchair seating space. The seating sections were added as part of the stadium's complete renovation in 2009 and were part of stadium enhancements made to make the stadium compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.[10]

Press box

The two story press box includes a media center with seating for 32; a TV broadcast booth; two radio broadcast booths; restrooms; two camera decks; two coaches booths; scoreboard booth; public address booth; and private suites as well as the presidential suite.[11] Press box access is via an elevator located at the rear of the press box and from west side seating.

Dauphin Athletic Complex

The two story Dauphin Athletic Complex, constructed in 2010, is located adjacent to the southern end of the stadium. The 54,000 sq. ft. complex includes an academic center; a 108-seat team auditorium; meeting rooms; locker rooms for both home and visiting teams; and offices for the athletic director, coaches, and other athletic department personnel. Also included is the J. B. Higgins Weight Room with 8,000 sq ft of weight training space, three offices, a storage room, and media room. The university's main athletic training facility, The Beaumont Bone and Joint Institute Sports Medicine Facility, is also located in the complex. It includes a hydrotherapy pool with Hydroworx 1200 treadmill therapy pool, a plunge pool, electrical stimulation and ultrasound units, and a deep-penetrating vibration therapy device. The training facility is one of four on campus training facilities.[12]


Mounted on top of the Dauphin Athletic Complex is the Education First Credit Union scoreboard. The scoreboard and video board is mounted in an 88' x 48' outer frame and includes a high definition 51' x 26' Daktronics video board, one of the largest in NCAA Division I FCS football.[13] Another scoreboard is located near the base of the Morgan Suites on the northern end of the stadium.


  • Presidential Suite - accommodating 25, with kitchenette
  • Private suites - located in the press box (capacity not noted)
  • Morgan VIP Suites - 7 (accommodating 16 each)
  • Over 1,500 chair back seats with cup holders in the center sections of the west side
  • ADA compliant seating - 108 chair back seats and wheel chair areas.
  • Montagne Center Red Room - accommodates up to 75
  • 54,000 sq ft athletic complex
  • 51' X 26' Daktronics video board housed in an 88' X 48' outer frame
  • Hellas Matrix turf
  • Six concession stands
  • Twelve rest rooms


Cardinal Stadium, as it was originally known, was completed in 1964 for a cost of $1,000,000. The original stadium capacity was 17,500. The stadium was built as the home of the Lamar Cardinals football team. The football team was disbanded in 1989. Until plans to reinstate the Lamar Cardinal football program were finalized, the stadium hosted some Ozen High School football home games as well as the university soccer team for its first two seasons.

On September 19, 1998, the stadium played host to the 1998 Southern vs. Prairie View A&M football game as a "neutral ground" location.[14] The game was the final loss of 80 straight losses for the Prairie View program, but is more well known for a halftime brawl between the marching bands of the two schools resulting in a two-game suspension for both bands.[15] Southern won the game 37–7.[16]

In 2009 the university started renovation on the newly named Provost Umphrey Stadium for the return of football in 2010.[17] Capacity was reduced to 16,000[6] in the 2010 renovation due to modifications in order to make the stadium ADA compliant. The modifications resulted in the loss of 1,500 seats. Provost Umphrey Stadium renovations and a new adjacent 54,000 sq ft athletic complex, detailed above, were completed for a combined total of $30,000,000. Another component of the stadium renovation included the addition of a new video board[13]

Donations and gifts

On November 10, 2008 the stadium became Provost Umphrey Stadium in recognition of a $3 million contribution to Lamar University from the Provost Umphrey law firm and an additional $1 million gift from Walter and Sheila Umphrey.[18]

On March 19, 2009, alumnus Dan F. Smith donated $6 million to the University, $1 million of which was earmarked for the return of football. In recognition of this gift the press box bears his name. The press box is detailed above in the Stadium Features section.[11]

On February 15, 2010 Education First Federal Credit Union donated $1 million to Lamar Athletics. In recognition for their support the 51' by 26' ft digital score board will permanently have Education First FCU displayed.[19]

On May 6, 2010, the Morgan Charitable Foundation on behalf of Glen and Teri Morgan donated an undisclosed amount of money to build the Morgan Suites on the south east side of the Montagne Center. Seven new suites were built and leased for $25,000 per year with a three-year commitment. The leases include 16 tickets to each home game and parking passes. Revenue from leasing the suites supports football scholarships. Each suite includes a bar with four stools overlooking two tiered rows of 6 seats each, a total of 16 seats. The suites open to the front and feature motorized windows that can be lowered as desired. Each suite includes a small refrigerator and cabinet space. Food and beverage service is available through the university catering vendor at additional charge.[20]

Attendance records

The largest crowd to see an Lamar Cardinal football game in Provost Umphrey Stadium was 18,500 on September 13, 1980, when the Cardinals hosted Baylor University.


Below is a list of the Cardinals best-attended home games (all at Provost Umphrey Stadium). (Complete records not available for 1974-1981 and 1983-1989)

Rk. Date Opponent Attendance
Highest attendance
1 September 13, 1980 Baylor 18,500
2 September 22, 1979 Louisiana Tech 17,600
3 October 9, 2010 Langston 17,306
4 October 6, 1979 West Texas State 17,250
5 September 17, 1977 Louisiana-Lafayette 17,222
6 October 2, 2010 Sam Houston State 17,187
7 September 11, 2010 Webber International 16,600
8 October 16, 2010 South Alabama 16,150
9 October 9, 1965 Arkansas State 16,000
10 September 24, 1966 Southwest Missouri 15,643
11 September 9, 1972 Sam Houston State 15,561
12 tie September 3, 2011 Texas College 15,367
12 tie September 17, 2011 Incarnate Word 15,367
12 tie October 8, 2011 Northwestern State 15,367
12 tie October 22, 2011 Central Arkansas 15,367
12 tie September 8, 2012 Prairie View A&M 15,367
17 October 2, 1965 Pensacola Navy 15,208
18 October 11, 1970 McNeese State 15,165
19 November 4, 1967 Trinity 15,153
20 November 13, 2010 South Dakota 15,103

As of the 2015 season.

Yearly attendance

Below is the Cardinals' home attendance since program reinstatement.

Season Average High
Lamar Cardinals
2019[22] 7,173 9,218
2018[22] 7,077 8,028
2017[22] 6,631 8,417
2016[22] 7,429 8,697
2015[22] 9,364 13,136
2014[22] 8,347 10,212
2013[22] 8,379 10,738
2012[22] 11,119 15,367
2011[22] 14,442 15,367
2010[22] 16,078 17,306

As of the 2019 season.


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