Romney Stadium
Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium is an outdoor football stadium in Logan, Utah, on the campus of Utah State University. It is the home field of the Utah State Aggies of the Western Athletic Conference. It opened in 1968 and currently has a seating capacity of 25,513. Its SprinTurf playing field runs in the traditional north-south configuration, and sits at an elevation of 4710 feet (1435 m) above sea level. Named for Dick Romney, Utah State’s all-time winningest football coach and former athletics director, Romney Stadium was officially dedicated on Sept. 27, 1969. The first game in the stadium came a season earlier in 1968, when USU defeated New Mexico State 28”“12 on September 14.

History

Renovation history
Romney Stadium opened on September 14, 1968 with a 28”“23 victory over New Mexico State. At that time, the stadium has a capacity of 15,000. Previous to the current stadium, the Aggies played at another, smaller venue also called "Romney Stadium," which was situated on the site where the Health, Physical Education, & Recreation (HPER) building now stands. There has been one major stadium addition since its opening. Thanks to a massive volunteer effort in 1980, 10,000 seats were added to the southern bowl which brought the capacity to its present figure. Prior to the 1997 season, approximately 4,000 chairback seats replaced wooden bleachers on the west side of the stadium. Ahead of the 1999 season, new scoreboards were added at each end of the stadium and additional bleacher seats were installed as well. New aluminum bleachers replaced wooden bleachers on the lower sections of the east side of the stadium in 2001. In 2003 that project expanded to the upper sections. In the summer of 2004, after 36 seasons, the bent bluegrass field was replaced with a state-of-the-art synthetic turf by SprinTurf, similar to FieldTurf. A new press box with luxury suites were planned for the future. In addition, the Jim & Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex was completed in 2008 and serves to meet the athletic and academic needs of all its 300-plus student athletes. The first floor is home to the 11,000-square-foot (1,000 m 2) Dale Mildenberger Sports Medicine Complex and the Dr. John Worley Sports Medicine Research Center, along with a 7,000-square-foot (650 m 2) equipment room. The Steve Mothersell Hall of Fame is also located on the first floor, along with locker rooms for football, women's track and field, softball and women's soccer. Coaches' offices and conference rooms for football are located on the second floor, and the academic center is on the third floor with classrooms, computer labs and tutoring rooms. The stadium was designed specifically for football with all seats, until the 1980 expansion, located between the 15-yard lines and all directed toward the 50-yard line. The first row of seats on the east, west and south sides are elevated eight-feet above the playing field and within 30 feet (9.1 m) of the sidelines. The glass-enclosed press box, located on the stadium’s west side, was renovated in 1997 and features closed-circuit television monitors for replays. The press box can comfortably accommodate 40 writers with facilities for radio and TV broadcasters. On December 5, 2009, USU announced that the field at Romney Stadium would be named Merlin Olsen Field in honor of Pro and College Football Hall of Fame member and former Aggie Merlin Olsen. A sculpture of Olsen will also be unveiled in a plaza south of the stadium during an official dedication ceremony in Fall 2010. The stadium was financed by a student body which believed in athletics to the extent of underwriting a special bonding assessment for both Romney Stadium and the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, which serves as home for Utah State’s basketball, gymnastics, and volleyball teams. The continuing growth of Utah State’s campus prompted University planners to relocate the original Romney Stadium, which was built in 1927 on the grounds where the HPER building now stands. That facility was dedicated on Oct. 8, 1927, in recognition of Coach Romney’s lasting contributions to Utah State football. That structure served as Utah State’s home for 41 seasons (1927”“67). Utah State played its final game in the old complex on November 11, 1967, as the Aggies defeated Montana, 20-14.

Team history at Romney Stadium
Dick Romney guided the Aggies to four conference championships, compiling a 128-91-16 record (.579) in 29 seasons (1919”“48). Over the past 33 seasons, Utah State has compiled a 94-69 mark (.577) winning percentage) in "new" Romney Stadium. Only nine times in the 33-year history of the stadium has Utah State experienced a losing record at home. Utah State’s largest crowd to witness a game in Romney Stadium was 33,119 (including standing room) in a 45-17 loss to BYU on Oct. 4, 1996.