Johnny "Red" Floyd StadiumEdit profile
Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium is a stadium in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States. It is primarily used for American football, and is the home field of the Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders. It also serves as the stadium for the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association's (TSSAA) State High School Football Championships. It previously served as the home stadium for Riverdale and Oakland high schools, for a long period when those schools did not have stadiums. It later was the home stadium for Siegel High for a short period, when construction for a stadium was delayed. Floyd Stadium opened in 1933 and seats 31,000 people. The record attendance for the stadium was set on September 12, 2009 against Memphis at 28,105.
Located on the northwest section of campus, the stadium was originally known as Horace Jones Field when it opened on October 14, 1933 with a scoreless tie against Jacksonville State Teachers College (now Jacksonville State University). Originally built as two sideline grandstands on either side of a track with a capacity of 5,000, it was enlarged in 1948 to 6,200, 1960 to 10,000, 1968 to 14,000 and most recently in 1997-98 to bring it to its current configuration as an octagonal bowl with an expanded west (home) side, and a second deck along the north, northeast and east sides with a capacity of 30,788. No second deck was built on the west stands due to it being immediately adjacent to the Murphy Athletic Center and other facilities. The field is artificial, most recently replaced in 2006 with Sportexe PowerBlade turf, whereas until 1970 it used natural grass. The stadium obtained its current name on November 3, 1979 to honor Johnny "Red" Floyd, the school's first prominent football coach. The playing surface is still known as Jones Field.
The stadium has the capacity to be expanded by about 40,000 seats, bringing the stadium's eventual total capacity to around 71,000. There is no current schedule as to when expansion will begin.