GPS Address: 577 Fifth Ave. | Youngstown, OH 44555
The home of the Youngstown State football team has been a memorable place through its first 31 seasons.
Now in it’s 31st official year of sitting high above the Youngstown State campus, the Penguins look to make even more memories in 2013.
Affectionately referred to as the “Ice Castle”, Arnold D. Stambaugh Stadium played host to its first game on Sept. 4, 1982, when the Guins played host to nearby rival Akron.
The tallest building in the city, the stadium rises high above the Mahoning Valley and offers tremendous views in all directions.
Entering the 2013 campaign, the Penguins have won 75.1 percent of their games at Stambaugh posting an impressive 143-47-1 record in 30 seasons.
Only four times in 30 seasons have the Penguins failed to finish above .500 at Stambaugh Stadium. In the playoffs, YSU is 14-1 having won 14 straight since losing their first-ever home playoff tilt in November 1990.
Since 1996, the Guins have posted a stellar mark of 78-27. Since 1989, YSU is an impressive 123-30-1, including undefeated seasons in 1993, 1994 and 2005. Perhaps that is why Arnold D. Stambaugh Stadium has garnered the nickname the “Ice Castle.”
One of the finest FCS football facilities in the country with a seating capacity of 20,630, Stambaugh has been the home for the Penguins since the early 1980’s.
Many tweaks and upgrades have taken place through the years to ensure a home-field advantage and keep it a cutting-edge facility.
Built in 1982 (17,000 capacity) with seating only on the west side, Stambaugh entered a new era in 1997 when it underwent a $5.5 million addition.
Prior to the 1997 campaign, the number of loges (luxury suites) was expanded from 12 to 26. The Watson Media Center, one of the best press facilities in the FCS, was added onto the second level of the complex. The DeBartolo Stadium Club, which overlooks the city of Youngstown, is located on the main loge area, and is used for meetings, press conferences and luncheons. Also, seating for more than 3,000 was added on the east side to bring the capacity to 20,630, the highest in the MVFC.
In 2000, a sound system was added to the east and west sides. Three times the playing surface has been replaced, most recently in the summer of 2011.
SCG installed a Shaw Sportexe PowerBlade HP+ synthetic turf system, which combines the appearance of natural grass with the engineered performance of modern synthetic turf, in 2011. It is specially designed to enhance player speed and performance while providing for maximum player safety.
Previous turf replacements occurred in 2002 when SprinTurf was installed and in 1991 when AstroTurf replaced the original playing surface.
In 2004, a scoreboard featuring a Mitsubishi DiamondVision videoboard was installed. The DiamondVision screen consists of 126,464 LEDs to provide an incredibly-clear picture for animations and in-game replays. The board, which was manufactured in Nagaski, Japan, is 17-feet wide by 12.5-feet high.
In 2005, wireless internet was added to the Watson Media Center. The Media Center houses the press area, radio and television booths, public address and PenguinVision.
In 2006, a new concourse elevator became the latest enhancement.
From the summer of 2008 through February 2009, the football office suites were renovated, the loge complex was repainted and all hallways were tiled. Updated carpet was installed in the DeBartolo Stadium Club. Tile was also installed in the classroom’s, and numerous painting makeovers occurred.
In 2009, the chairback seats were replaced at a cost of $250,000 while the baseball locker room was moved to its own area out of the football locker area. After the season, a new football lounge was created. It features five couches, three flat-screen TVs and plenty of space for the team to relax.
Following the 2010 campaign, the locker room underwent further updates. A new entrance hallway was created while a ceiling was added to the main locker room area. Highlighting the ceiling is a hanging “Y” as well as a “Protect this House” a slogan of Under Armour.
YSU’s athletic administrative offices, ticket office, football offices, strength-training facility, softball, soccer, football and baseball locker rooms, training room and Academic Center are located in the complex.