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Coughlin-Alumni Stadium

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 06/05/2012 10:48:44
Coughlin-Alumni Stadium is in its 50th season as the home of the South Dakota State University football team.

In the quest to maintain it as one of the top outdoor football facilities in the Upper Midwest, Coughlin-Alumni Stadium has undergone major changes during the past decade.

A new scoreboard was installed in the south end zone prior to the 2005 season. The scoreboard, which was manufactured by Brookings-based Daktronics, measures approximately 121 feet wide by 56 feet high and
features a large full-color ProStar® video replay screen in the center with additional statistical and advertising panels.

SDSU played its first game under the lights at CAS on Sept. 1, 2001, defeating Ferris State (Mich.), 34-24. The Jackrabbits have gone on to compile a 20-5 record in night games at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.

The natural-grass stadium opened Sept. 22, 1962, when the Jacks lost a 9-7 decision to Arkansas State.

Through the first 48 years of operation, there have been 256 games against 60 different opponents at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium, with SDSU holding a 158-98 record (.617 winning percentage) on its home field. There has never been a tie game at CAS.

Since moving to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision in 2004, the Jackrabbits have posted a 25-7 mark at CAS.

SDSU set a single-season attendance record during the 2009 season as an average of 13,265 fans passed through the turnstiles during the Jackrabbits’ five home games, ranking 17th in the Football Championship Subdivision for attendance. All five of the games drew crowds better than 10,000. The Jackrabbits have performed well in front of large crowds, winning eight of the 10 most-attended games.

TOP 10 CROWDS AT COUGHLIN-ALUMNI STADIUM

No.  Attendance
Opponent
Date
Result
 1. 16,345
North Dakota State
Nov. 17, 2007
W, 29-24
 2. 16,193
South Dakota
Oct. 19, 1985
W, 24-12
 3. 15,866
South Dakota 
Oct. 18, 1975
W, 24-22
 4. 15,523
Northern Iowa
Oct. 24, 2009
W, 24-14
 5. 15,521
McNeese State (La.)
Oct. 4, 2008
L, 44-46
 6. 15,338 Stephen F. Austin Sept. 29, 2007 W, 45-0
 7. 15,248 UC Davis Oct. 28, 2006 W, 22-21
 8. 15,153 South Dakota Oct. 22, 1977 L, 10-15
 9. 14,920 Texas State Sept. 22, 2007 W, 38-3
 10. 14,503 Missouri-Rolla Oct. 22, 2005 W, 64-28


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