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Home to the Marshall University Thundering Herd

Built in 1991 with 28,000 seats. Expanded in 1995 to 30,000 and again in 2000 to current capacity.

It is the 2nd largest stadium in West Virginia











here is a detail of the sculpure on the fascade of the stadium honoring those who died in a 1970's plane crash that killed the majority of the football team, coaches, and boosters



This is my favorite stadium, but i'm a little biased :)
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Home to the Marshall University Thundering Herd

Built in 1991 with 28,000 seats. Expanded in 1995 to 30,000 and again in 2000 to current capacity.

Looks older :)
 

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it's designed for future expansion up to 50,000 to be done a cheaply as possible.
 

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The Joan C. Edwards Stadium is a football stadium located on the campus of Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. It can hold 38,019 spectators and includes twenty deluxe, indoor suites, 300 wheelchair-accessible seating, a state-of-the-art press-box, fourteen concession areas, and sixteen separate restrooms.



The stadium hosted the MAC championship game in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002. The NCAA Division I-AA national championship game was held at then-Marshall University Stadium several times in the 1990s, including in 1992 and 1996 -- the years when the Thundering Herd won the national championship. In 2000, a bronze memorial to the 1970 plane crash that killed most of the football team was placed on the front of the stadium to the left of the main tower, and the road the stadium is on was renamed "Marshall Memorial Boulevard."
 

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Marshall is upgrading the videoboards at "the Joan"

here is the secondary board:



The primary board is not yet installed but the video portion of it will be as large as the entire old scoreboard which you can see the frame of below:



Also being installed are some ribbon boards, which can be seen on either side of the secondary board. Also, wraps will be placed over the concrete front of the stands and screens will be put on the exterior of the the stadium between the support beams. Bothe the wraps and screens will display former Marshall greats like Randy Moss, Cad Pennington, Byron Leftwich, ect.

While not a major change, it will have a major impact on the gameday experiance.
 

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the upgrades are done

September 8, 2010
A new day at 'The Joan'
Upgrades add pizazz for stadium's 20th season

By Doug Smock

HUNTINGTON - Whether you last came to the Joan C. Edwards Stadium in 2007 or just last November, you will get an entirely new experience Friday night.

And Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick promises that, aside from how they might view the game's result, fans will come away impressed.

With $3.5 million from Marshall's new contract with multimedia rights-holder ISP Sports, the athletic department has spruced up the football stadium and the Cam Henderson Center arena. With hours ticking down to Friday's MU-West Virginia game, crews have been working out the kinks with the two new video boards and putting the finishing touches on adornments at the stadium.

The new sound system, accentuated by six additional speakers, also is being tuned up for the 7 p.m. kickoff Friday. While the Thundering Herd prepares for 23rd-ranked West Virginia, the surrounding stadium is erupting with activity.

Most notable are the new video displays, measuring about 28 feet high by 49 feet wide at the south end, and about 22 feet high by 32 feet wide at the Shewey Building end. Both boards are framed by a distinctive kelly green block "M," while the smaller board is complemented by two LED ribbon displays, each 82 feet long.

MU officials also brainstormed for creative, less expensive ways to brighten up the stadium, which will begin its 20th season Friday. The ESPN cameras will immediately capture one aesthetic improvement, the new field-level facing of the stands.

After 19 seasons of unadorned concrete, those facades sport a "Welcome to Herd Country" theme, awash in green. Some green decor has been added to the concourses.

Before then, fans will notice a splashy change on the stadium's west exterior. Open areas above the entry games will be covered by eight large, square banners, four featuring former Herd stars Chad Pennington, Randy Moss and Troy Brown.

That serves several purposes: It pays homage to some of the most successful alumni, it covers up the underside of the stadium grandstand and ... just plain looks nice, espcially from a distance.

The back of the south-end scoreboard has just been finished. It's plain, yet striking, using the "We Are ... Marshall" theme to give the stadium better visibility from Fifth Avenue. On the Third Avenue Garage, fans also may notice the giant paintings of Mike D'Antoni and Byron Leftwich.

Back at the stadium, the stands received a power-washing, and are being hosed down again this week. Flower beds are being redone, the south-end hillside is being spruced up and the last of those banners are being hung. The M-Club area outside the southwest corner has been tweaked, though there are bigger plans in the works there.

Speaking of the M-Club, players will run onto the field under an M-Club banner, a la Michigan, in a totally revamped pregame. Designated former players will hold the banner, with the 1971 Young Thundering Herd doing the honors Friday.

HUNTINGTON - Whether you last came to the Joan C. Edwards Stadium in 2007 or just last November, you will get an entirely new experience Friday night.

And Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick promises that, aside from how they might view the game's result, fans will come away impressed.

With $3.5 million from Marshall's new contract with multimedia rights-holder ISP Sports, the athletic department has spruced up the football stadium and the Cam Henderson Center arena. With hours ticking down to Friday's MU-West Virginia game, crews have been working out the kinks with the two new video boards and putting the finishing touches on adornments at the stadium.

The new sound system, accentuated by six additional speakers, also is being tuned up for the 7 p.m. kickoff Friday. While the Thundering Herd prepares for 23rd-ranked West Virginia, the surrounding stadium is erupting with activity.

Most notable are the new video displays, measuring about 28 feet high by 49 feet wide at the south end, and about 22 feet high by 32 feet wide at the Shewey Building end. Both boards are framed by a distinctive kelly green block "M," while the smaller board is complemented by two LED ribbon displays, each 82 feet long.

MU officials also brainstormed for creative, less expensive ways to brighten up the stadium, which will begin its 20th season Friday. The ESPN cameras will immediately capture one aesthetic improvement, the new field-level facing of the stands.

After 19 seasons of unadorned concrete, those facades sport a "Welcome to Herd Country" theme, awash in green. Some green decor has been added to the concourses.

Before then, fans will notice a splashy change on the stadium's west exterior. Open areas above the entry games will be covered by eight large, square banners, four featuring former Herd stars Chad Pennington, Randy Moss and Troy Brown.

That serves several purposes: It pays homage to some of the most successful alumni, it covers up the underside of the stadium grandstand and ... just plain looks nice, espcially from a distance.

The back of the south-end scoreboard has just been finished. It's plain, yet striking, using the "We Are ... Marshall" theme to give the stadium better visibility from Fifth Avenue. On the Third Avenue Garage, fans also may notice the giant paintings of Mike D'Antoni and Byron Leftwich.

Back at the stadium, the stands received a power-washing, and are being hosed down again this week. Flower beds are being redone, the south-end hillside is being spruced up and the last of those banners are being hung. The M-Club area outside the southwest corner has been tweaked, though there are bigger plans in the works there.

Speaking of the M-Club, players will run onto the field under an M-Club banner, a la Michigan, in a totally revamped pregame. Designated former players will hold the banner, with the 1971 Young Thundering Herd doing the honors Friday.

The "Thunder Walk," in which players walk from Hodges Hall through campus and the West Lot, will remain. It will start a little earlier, at 4:45 p.m.

Single-game tickets for Friday's game are long gone, though the MU ticket office is still selling season tickets. After another sizable batch went Tuesday, those sales approached the 17,000 mark.

While the ticket office wraps that up, MU and its concessionaires are preparing for upwards of 40,000 visitors. The luxury boxes are being stocked and anything that needs fixing will get fixed.......

continued- http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/201009081168











http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/201009081183
 

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I like the look of it. It looks like a good community stadium. I saw the film 'We are Marshall' a few years ago and thought it amazing that they rebuilt the football team after something as devastating as that. It's a tribute to the wider community that they got it all going again. That's why I think most football fans have a soft spot for Marshall and why I always look out for their results (obviously after I've checked on LSU - goes without saying).
 

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The stadium looked great last night with the crowd rocking. Too bad you got screwed out of the win (holding in the end-zone not called on WVU's final drive). Wish Marshall could have held on to win anyways.
 

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The stadium looked great last night with the crowd rocking. Too bad you got screwed out of the win (holding in the end-zone not called on WVU's final drive). Wish Marshall could have held on to win anyways.
I think most of the blame falls on the coach for putting a true freshman in during a crutial drive, it resulted in a fumble 5 yards away from the endzone :eek:hno:
 

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Marshall is adding luxury suites for the 2013 season

HUNTINGTON - Mike Hamrick has a suite tooth.

The Marshall athletic director, who is entering his fourth year on the job, has been at the forefront - along with Mike D'Antoni and Chad Pennington - of an aggressive fundraising and facilities campaign that will result in a new soccer stadium and indoor practice facility being completed in the next 12 to 24 months.

Joan C. Edwards Stadium is also getting an addition.

The Thundering Herd's 38,109-seat football venue will have eight 1,000-square foot suites added for the 2013 season, barring any unforeseen obstacles.

The project will cost an eyelash over $2 million, which will be funded by the suite-holders and private donations.

"The architects are drawing up plans right now and as soon as the season is over we'll get started," Hamrick said Tuesday afternoon from his office inside the Shewey Building.
http://dailymail.com/Sports/201208220181
 

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It could stand to see a good powerwashing...

Actually, Louisville's Papa John's Stadium was inspired by this one and looked very similar before their recent expansion, except for increased seating in the endzone.
 
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