What an Expanded Davis Wade Stadium Might Look Like

Mississippi State has been looking hard into expanding Davis Wade Stadium someday, going so far as to work with Populous, an architectural firm, on plans. Earlier today, athletics director Scott Stricklin unveiled renderings of how Davis Wade (current capacity: 55,082) might look with more seats.

The most notable features:

• A snazzy, new brick facade all the way around.

• A bowled-in north end zone with premium seating at the top.

• Additional seating in the south end zone, beneath the giant video board.

As Stricklin has said many times, moving forward with such plans depends largely on sustaining the kind of ticket sales MSU has seen the past two seasons. When he was promoted to AD last spring, Stricklin talked about increasing capacity to 75,000. For the more immediate future, an additional 5,000-7,000 seats would be more realistic.

I wrote about this topic three weeks ago, so go back and review that if you please. There are more details in this video about the planned upgrades, as well as how they would be funded (can you say “bonding?”).

If Dan Mullen sticks around and keeps winning, and the tickets keep going fast, those renderings could become a reality.