History of Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field
Scott Field at Davis Wade stadium is christened after Olympic sprinter Don Magruder Scott, one of State’s first football superstars. The first game played at Scott Field came with an MSU win over Marion (Ala.) Military Institute, 54-0, on Oct. 3, 1914. Since then, the 102-year old historic facility (the nation’s second-oldest Division I-A campus football stadium) has undergone five renovation and expansion projects during its history. All of these additions have brought the total capcacity of Davis Wade stadium to 61, 337. Scott Field’s playing surface is lush Hybrid Bermuda Grass (Certified Tifway 419), complete with a brand-new underground drainage and irrigation system. The field is encircled by a holly-lined sideline fence and end zone landscaping.
One of the most talked about features at Davis Wade, however, is one of college football’s largest high-definition video boards, located in the south end zone of the stadium. The board measures 152 feet wide by 135 feet, 6 inches tall, with a main HD screen 111 feet wide by 47 feet high. The north end also features a new high-definition video board similar in size to the one currently standing on the stadium’s south end.
Earning a reputation of being one of the nation’s toughest places to play, the facility has been host to average attendances in excess of 55,000 the last six seasons. In fact, the last 10 years have seen the largest cumulative totals in the stadium’s history.
“Mississippi State has become the loudest stadium in America. They get those cowbells ringing about three hours before kickoff out in the parking lots. You go through a game there, you come out of there and you can’t hear for about a day and a half. It is unbelievable.”
- Pat Forde, Yahoo Sports on Dan Patrick Show (8.22.17)