May 5th, 2011 12:03 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Mississippi State
Tags: Davis Wade Stadium, Gator Bowl, MSU, Scott Field
Dan Mullen has brought passion and energy to Starkville, Mississippi. His football program is coming off a 9-4 season and a Gator Bowl romp over traditional power Michigan. In just two years, Mississippi State’s new coach has the school pushing to expand Davis-Wade Stadium by 5,000 to 7,000 seats.
But he’s only been in town for two years. It wasn’t so long ago that State was not the fan draw that it is today. Not to rain on MSU’s parade, but what if Mullen leaves for a bigger stage after next season? Will the next coach prosper? Will he keep fans excited?
Despite the possibility of a sudden downturn — Bulldog fans can ask Georgia and Tennessee supporters how quickly things can change — AD Scott Stricklin is already looking toward a second possible expansion of State’s home stadium.
If phase one takes off in the next few years as expected, Scott Field will be surrounded by up to 62,000 fans (compared to the current 55,000). But Stricklin has had his artists mock up what an 80,000-seat stadium would look like, too.
Now, if it seems like State’s AD has stars in his eyes, know that this second expansion project is targeted for “20-25 years” down the road, if it ever comes to be at all.
For now, however, the focus is on getting the first phase of expansion underway. And that’s a good thing. Because I don’t see any jet pack landing pads in the design for the 2031 stadium… and that will surely have to be fixed.
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