- Gerald J. Ford Stadium
stadium_name = Gerald J. Ford Stadium
location = 5800 Ownby Dr
Dallas, TX 75205
broke_ground = 1999
opened = September 2, 2000
owner = Southern Methodist University
operator = Southern Methodist University
construction_cost = USD 42 million
architect = Ellerbe Becket
tenants = SMU Mustangs (NCAA) (2000-Present)
seating_capacity = 32,000
Gerald J. Ford Stadium is a
stadiumin Highland Park, Texas, one of the two "Park Cities" that form an enclave of Dallas. The stadium is used primarily for football, and it is home to the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Mustangs and is frequently used for local high school football games. It was the last on-campus stadium in NCAA Division I-A (now Division I FBS) to open in the 20th century.
The building stands on the site of the former
Ownby Stadium, the school's previous on-campus football stadium. Ownby was demolished starting in late October 1998 in order to clear the land designated for the new stadium. Ford Stadium opened on September 2, 2000 with a football game against the University of Kansas. The north-south oriented stadium is bowl-shaped, with stands on three sides (west, east, and north). SMU can one day develop south side seating, extending the stadium's seating capacity to 45,000.
Outside the northeast corner of the stadium is
Doak WalkerPlaza, honoring the former Heisman Trophywinner and SMU's greatest football star. The plaza includes a life-sized replica of the Doak Walker Awardtrophy, awarded annually to the nation's top college football running back. The northwest corner is connected to the Loyd All-Sports Center, which contains locker, training, and office space for SMU athletics, as well as the Spirit Shop, the office of the Alumni Association, and the Athlete Education Center.
On September 4, 2004, the attendance record was set at Gerald J. Ford Stadium when 34,495 people watched the
Texas Tech Red Raidersface off against the SMU Mustangs. Texas Tech won the game 27–13.
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