Scheumann Stadium


Scheumann Stadium (officially, the " John B. and June M. Scheumann Stadium"), formerly known as Ball State Stadium, is in Muncie, Indiana. It is primarily used for football, and is the home field of the Ball State University Cardinals. The stadium opened in 1967, and has a capacity of 25,400 for football games.

History
Anticipating rapid growth after transitioning from a teacher's college to a large state school, the Ball State University Board of Trustees approved construction of a new athletic stadium one mile north of campus in 1965. The stadium was completed in 1967 with a capacity of 16,000 for football. It replaced the previous stadium closer to campus, on University Avenue across from Ball Memorial Hospital. The site is now used for soccer games. A grandstand on the south end of the stadium was added in the 1990s, increasing the capacity to 22,500. In 2005, the stadium was renamed after Ball State alumni and benefactors John B. and June M. Scheumann.

Today
In 2007, the stadium completed a $13 million renovation. Planned improvements included new lighting for night games, enclosing the north end zone with lawn seating to create a 25,400-seat horseshoe-shaped venue, new concession stands, a facade update using brick, a larger press box and private luxury suites. For a time, notable Ball State alumnus David Letterman jokingly campaigned via his television program to have the stadium named for him. When the naming was given to the Scheumanns for their donations to the university, the mayor of nearby Indianapolis, Indiana (Letterman's childhood home), Bart Peterson joked that the city would rename the I-465 Beltway as the "David Letterman Expressway".

Records
Current mean game attendance at the stadium is at its highest in school history, averaging about 21,000 visitors per game as of the 2008 season. This can be attributed to the team's success, as well as recent renovations to the stadium. A school record 10,546 students attended the September 6, 2008 game versus the United States Naval Academy Navy Midshipmen football. The game was televised nationally on ESPN, and Ball State won 35-23. The all-time record attendance for a game at Scheumann Stadium is 23,861 visitors, set on November 25, 2008, when Ball State completed an undefeated regular season by beating MAC rivals Western Michigan University Broncos. The Cardinals won handily, 45-22, pushing their record to 12-0 but went on to lose their final 2 games and went 12-2.

Other information
  • Former names: Ball State Stadium (1967-2005)
  • Home to the Ball State Cardinals ( NCAA) (1967-Present)
  • Surface: FieldTurf


Ball State University campus Scheumann Stadium Use Stadium Erected September 16, 1967 Location Tillotson Ave, Muncie, Indiana 47306 Namesake John B. and June M Scheumann Architect Walter Scholer and Associates Seating Capacity 25,400