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Drake Stadium

Home to Drake University Football

Since 1925, Drake Stadium has served as home of the Drake football program. The   Bulldogs beat Kansas, 7-0, in the first game at the venerable red brick venue, Oct. 10, 1925.

When Drake Stadium opened its gates for the 2006 season opener, fans saw a little bit of the new sprinkled with a little bit of the old.

The 81-year-old Drake Stadium underwent a $15 million renovation that was finished just hours before the first starter's pistol fired during the 97th running of the Drake Relays April 26, 2006. It drew rave reviews from fans, coaches and athletes during the Drake Relays.

Work crews wasted little time following the Iowa state high school track meet May 23, 2005. The following Monday, earth movers rumbled, digging into the first phase of the long-awaited renovation. The first three rows of seats were removed and the infield was filled with 19,000 cubic yards of dirt.

The new synthetic Field Turf infield was installed in September of 2005, followed by the new track surface.

The new Field Turf football field was named the "Johnny Bright Field at Drake Stadium" during dedication ceremonies that took place prior to the Bulldogs' homecoming game against Morehead State Sept. 30, 2006. The new Drake scoreboard features the name Johnny Bright Field.
 Drake Stadium was built in 1925 with a seating capacity of 18,000 in a building project that also furnished the 4,000-seat Drake Fieldhouse. Drake Stadium opened Oct. 10, 1925, as Drake beat the University of Kansas, 7-0.

The largest crowd ever to watch a football game at Drake occurred on Nov. 8, 1949 when a standing room audience saw the Bulldogs play host to Iowa State.

The original name of Haskins Field was changed to Drake Stadium at the request of Norman Haskins, the donor of the first stadium in 1904.

The makeover of Drake Stadium focused on repairing the stadium's structure; making improvements to the seating, restrooms and concessions; renovation of the press box; a state of the art grass field by Field Turf for football and soccer; additional lighting by Musco to make the stadium usable for football and soccer games in the evenings; a new scoreboard located on the northeast corner of the stadium; and reconfiguring and resurfacing the track to meet international standards.

The new Mondo-surfaced track had lanes widened from 42 inches to 48 inches.

With the removal of Clark Street, behind the old Drake Stadium scoreboard, the venues for the javelin, discus and hammer throw were moved to a field directly north of the stadium

"They did a great job," said two-time 2004 Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner. "It is a beautiful facility. Hopefully, they can hold a lot more meets than the Drake Relays."

Drake hosted the 2007 NCAA Midwest Regional Outdoor Track and Field Championships and the school will serve as host for the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 11-14.