Arkansas State’s first game at Centennial Bank Stadium was played Sept. 28, 1974. The stadium, which now seats 30,406, has undergone several renovations since then and more are on the horizon.
A-State originally transitioned from a grass field to an artificial playing surface prior to the 2006 season and upgraded to a state-of-the-art GEO Surfaces field turf in 2010. Like the original field turf installed nine years ago, the new Geo-Surfaces product still features a large A-State logo in the center of the field and red end zones with large white "ARKANSAS STATE" lettering.
However, the new product has an enhanced look with the addition of two Red Wolves logos, two Sun Belt Conference logos and a black trim that outlines the field. The Red Wolves and Sun Belt Conference logos are located on each 25-yard line. The multi-use surface provides year-round training opportunities for other A-State sports in addition to the school’s football program.
A three-story football complex was built in the stadium’s south end zone in 2002, which followed a stadium expansion in 1991 that raised the seating from 16,343 to 30,406.
Centennial Bank Stadium features a multi-level press box, which houses media areas, coaching booths, broadcasting locations, a video control booth, camera areas, suites, a club area and more.
Thanks to a $5 million gift – the largest individual donation in A-State Athletics history – by alumnus Johnny Allison, a “Centennial Expansion” construction and renovation project to the stadium’s press box and west-side concourse took place during this last offseason.
The entire project, including the press box and concourse, covered 40,000 square feet. The Centennial Expansion project included a complete overhaul to the stadium press box, expanding it from 7,120 to 36,000 square feet.
The face of the stadium has been redesigned to include 42 loge boxes, 20 suites, a club area covering close to 8,000 square feet and 344 club seats in its revenue-generating areas.
Not only has depth been added to the press box, it now spans from approximately the 15-to-15 yard lines, allowing for enhanced media, coaching, broadcasting, control booth, visiting athletics director suite, and camera areas.
The project also called for major improvements and additions to the concourse bathrooms, concessions, gating and ticketing areas that will enhance the game-day experience for all A-State fans.
Student Activity Center
Larry Lacewell Locker Room
Dr. Tim and Terri Langford Sports Medicine Center
Charles Luter Family Academic Success Center
Football Operations Facility Project
Facts & Figures
Original cost: $2,500,000 ($1.4 million raised by friends and alumni)
Original Capacity: 16,343 (revised to 18,709 in 1980)
Current Capacity: 30,382 (enlargement completed in 1991; capacity revised in 2015 due to construction)
Surface: Field turf installed in 2006/2010; formerly Bermuda grass through 2005 season
Largest Crowd: 31,243 (12-1-12) vs. Middle Tennessee
Best Average Attendance (Season): 26,398 in 2012
First Game: Sept. 28, 1974 (Louisiana Tech 21, A-State 7)
First A-State Victory: Second game (Oct. 5, 1974)...A-State 14, Eastern Michigan 7
Dedication Game: Nov. 2, 1974 (A-State 17, Northeast Louisiana 14)