Largest stadiums and arenas in Mississippi

January 17th, 2022 by

The state of Mississippi has a strong college sports heritage carried by its many public and private universities. People love to come and watch their favorite college team play football and other sports in large numbers. In turn, many of the universities have built stadiums and arenas that can accommodate the large-capacity crowds that arrive on game day to watch their team trounce the competition. At Herrin-Gear INFINITI, we wanted to take a look at the largest stadiums and how they got that way.

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Vaught-Hemingway Stadium

ariel view of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium

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Capacity: 64,038

Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field is the home of the University of Mississippi Rebels college football team. It’s currently the biggest stadium in the state of Mississippi but began as a small athletic field with traditional stands on either side of the field in 1915. The original grandstand was built with the help of students, but the stadium didn’t receive its first permanent foundation until 1939 when federal monies became available. The capacity of the stadium was increased to 24,000.

In 1988, the stadium underwent a major renovation that saw the inclusion of a press box, a club-level section, and new sideline seating. Ten years later in 1998, another addition in the form of club seating was added and brought the capacity of the stadium to over 50,000 seats. Then in 2002, the stadium saw the removal of the south end zone bleachers with a rounded cap that increased the number of seats to a total of 60,580. Finally, the latest expansion in 2016 completed the stadium and brought capacity to 64,038 seats.

Davis Wade Stadium

Capacity: 61,337

Davis Wade Stadium, or Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field as it’s officially known, is the athletics stadium for the Mississippi State Bulldogs football team. The stadium was originally built in 1914 and was known as New Athletic Field. It’s also the second-oldest stadium in the Football Bowl Subdivision and the fourth oldest of all college football stadiums.

Permanent seating for 3,000 people was built in 1928, and 6,000 portable seats were added at the same time. An additional 8,000 seats were added to the west sidelines in 1936. After WWII, 12,000 more seats were added in 1948 to bring the capacity of the stadium to 35,000 seats. It wasn’t until 1986 that more seats were added in an expansion that saw 9,000 more seats built. The stadium underwent an expansion, finished in 2002, that brought the capacity of the stadium to 55,082 seats. Another expansion in 2014 added more seats, bringing the total to 61,337.

Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium

Capacity: 60,492

Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium is one of the newer stadiums in the state and is the home to the Jackson State Tigers football team at Jackson State University. The stadium has been used by multiple teams over the years and has been the host stadium for state high school championship teams. Originally named War Veterans Memorial Stadium, it was renamed to Hinds County War Memorial Stadium, then renamed Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The stadium opened in 1950 and had a seating capacity of 21,000. In 1953, temporary seating was added and increased the capacity to 25,000. Another expansion in 1961 saw the capacity raised to 46,000 people. Twenty years later, in 1981, the stadium got expanded once again to bring the capacity to 65,512 total seats. However, the stadium has undergone renovations that eventually reduced the total capacity to its official seat count of 60,492.

M.M. Roberts Stadium

Capacity: 36,000

M.M. Roberts Stadium is the home field for the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles football team. The stadium is also known as The Rock due to an overhaul of the grandstand in 1938. The original stadium opened in 1932 and was known as Faulkner Field, with a capacity of 4,000 seats. It was named for a local businessman who financed the construction of the stadium. The subsequent renovation in 1938 saw the wooden structures replaced with concrete blocks that were hauled in by the football players. This method of construction is how the stadium became known as The Rock as opposed to its physical appearance.

In 1950, the stadium got an expansion that saw an additional 7,500 seats built, then 2,000 bleacher seats were constructed. The stadium wound up with a capacity of 15,000 seats by this point. In 1976, the stadium was rebuilt to add double-decker grandstands with a seating capacity of 33,000. The last addition in 2008 increased seating capacity by almost 4,000, bringing the total amount of seats to 36,000.

Jack Spinks – Marino Casem Stadium

Capacity: 22,500

Jack Spinks – Marino Casem Stadium is part of Alcorn State University and is a multi-use stadium that’s the home field for the Braves football team. It’s the youngest stadium on the list, and it replaced the previous structure known as Henderson Stadium. It was opened for use in 1992. The stadium was built with a pre-cast and cast-in-place concrete technique that created an open-ended grandstand-style football field. The home team side of the stadium has seating for 14,407 while the visitor side holds 4,972 seats. There are 153 premium seats and a press box that seats 118. The official seat count for the stadium totals 22,500.

That’s a wrap for our list of the largest stadiums and arenas in Mississippi. Did we overlook a stadium or miss a seat count? Please let us know by dropping us a line, and we’ll make sure to include the information when we review the article. In the meantime, check out our inventory of new and used vehicles for sale, and come see us for a test drive. Our finance department can help you get into your next INFINITI, new or used, and get you on the road to visit your favorite college football team in their home stadium.

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