Fans love first game-day look at expanded stadium

Lauren Wood | Buy at photos.djournal.com The newly renovated north end zone of Davis Wade Stadium was completed for Mississippi State's season opener against Southern Miss on Saturday night.

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The newly renovated north end zone of Davis Wade Stadium was completed for Mississippi State’s season opener against Southern Miss on Saturday night.

By Kedrick Storey

Southern Sentinel

STARKVILLE – The new north end zone expansion of Davis Wade Stadium is a $75 million piece of work that gives the nation’s second-oldest on-campus football field a whole new look.

It’s a hit with MSU fans, too.

The Bulldogs’ faithful in attendance at Saturday’s home opener against Southern Miss gave it a resounding two cowbells up.

“It’s great,” said Steve Kean, a Starkville native now living in Brandon. “I love it. It’s a totally different atmosphere now.”

Kean, a 1982 Mississippi State graduate, remembers when there were no upper levels to the stadium. His seats in the new Gridiron Level gave him a entirely different field-level view of the end zone and a new feeling.

“I love being right here on the field level,” added Kean. “It’s like you’re really part of the action.”

Ambitious project

The expansion project, which began in 2011, added more than 8,000 additional seats, 300 bathrooms, 45 concession stands and 20 premium seats. It increased the possible capacity attendance to 61,330.

Much of the extra space is in the student section, where freshman Kameron Barefoot of Jackson said adding more bodies will go a long way in helping the Bulldogs’ cause on the football field.

“It’s really awesome,” she said. “It’s going to be a lot louder and be really intimidating for opponents.”

Maddie Comer, a junior marketing major from Sikeston, Missouri, also praised the extra seating for students who feared not getting a seat before.

And the newest video board isn’t bad either.

“Now students don’t have to worry about getting a wrist band or finding a place to sit,” said Comer. “And I think it’s cool because we have two jumbotrons now. It’s awesome. It’s one of the biggest in the SEC, so that’s really cool, too.”

kedrick.storey@journalinc.com