Jack Trice Stadium has proven to be one of the most outstanding football venues in the country in its nearly-40-year existence. With its remarkable sight lines and numerous renovations throughout the years to enhance the gameday atmosphere, Jack Trice Stadium ranks as one of the nation’s best football venues.
Jack Trice Stadium set all-time attendance marks in 2011 and 2012. The 56,800-seat stadium produced the highest attendance in its history in 2012 with an average of 55,274 fans per contest. The historic 2011 home season was capped off by a 37-31 double-overtime win over No. 2 Oklahoma State, the biggest win in school history.
Construction on Jack Trice Stadium started on Oct. 26, 1973. The first game in the facility was played on Sept. 20, 1975, an Iowa State victory over Air Force.
It was officially dedicated as Jack Trice Stadium in 1997 in honor of Jack Trice, Iowa State’s first African-American student-athlete.
When first constructed, the stadium had a maximum capacity of 42,500. Over the years, a number of additions have helped expand the fan capacity and maintain Jack Trice Stadium’s tradition of excellence.
A natural grass playing field was installed in 1996 and a $6.2 million three-level press tower was introduced in 1997. In 2002, a video/scoreboard, permanent lighting and additional seating in the south endzone improved its gameday experience.
The stadium went through a $19.5 million first-phase remodeling project in 2008. The overhaul included the renovation/construction of suites and the addition of restrooms and concession buildings on the west concourse. The club section on the east side of the stadium was also entirely renovated.
In 2009, the second phase of the Jack Trice Stadium renovation began. The $11.5 million project included the addition of restrooms, concession stands and merchandise posts as well as widening the concourse to double its previous width on the east side of the stadium. The phase included the creation of the Jacobson Plaza, a large patio/entertainment space at mid-field on the stadium’s east side exterior, and the replacement of the exterior fencing with a decorative iron fence.
The most recent major facelift occurred in 2011 when the massive, state-of-the-art video scoreboard on the north side of the stadium was introduced. The high-definition video screen, which measures approximately 36 feet high and 79.5 feet wide, features unparalleled picture clarity and acoustics.