With a hard deadline that had to be met for the opening game of the Mississippi State University Bulldogs football season, Roy Anderson Corp met the deadline and the newly-expanded Davis Wade Stadium officially opened on August 30, 2014, in front of a new school record crowd of 61,889.
The north end zone addition created a total of 8,815 new seats, which, factored with the loss of the previously existing bleacher seating in the north end zone, resulted in a net 6,255-seat increase. Included in those 8,815 seats were 7,076 grandstand seats, 1,155 Scoreboard Club seats, 236 loge seats, 22 traditional suites totaling approximately 288 seats and 60 field-level suite seats. Additionally, standing room availability and ADA-compliant seating were also included in the project.
Also included in the north end zone is a non-seated, field level premium area, The Gridiron, which provides club-like amenities to any season ticket holder who buys a membership regardless of that person’s stadium seat location. The visiting team locker room was also relocated to the north end zone addition, allowing the gameday recruiting center to expand in its current location.
The north end also features a new high-definition video board similar in size to the one currently standing on the stadium’s south end, which is among the largest in college athletics.
The west side renovation showcases a rebuilt concourse under the west stands, the addition of four high-capacity elevators, an increase in restroom and concession point of sale facilities and a brick facade that matches the new construction on the north. In 2014, fans see the number of elevators at Davis Wade Stadium more than double (from five to 12), the restroom fixture total nearly double (from 313 to 621), and permanent concession point of sale positions increase by over 40 percent (from 110 to 156).
For media, the project included a new television compound away from the stadium proper. The TV compound is now located west of the stadium, allowing network broadcast trucks to connect to stadium equipment via underground cable runs.