Originally Built: 1969
Original Capacity: 6,000+
Current Capacity: 21,195
Playing Surface: FieldTurf (Installed June, 2010)
First Game: Sacramento State vs. Cal State Northridge, 1969 (CSUN 28, Sacramento State 24)
Largest Crowd: 26,445 - Sacramento Surge vs. Barcelona Dragons (World League Playoffs, May 30, 1992)
Largest Sacramento State Football Crowd: 20,993 - Sacramento State vs. UC Davis (Sept. 18, 1999)
Hornet Stadium hosted its first Hornet football game Sept. 5,
1992 against Montana State, the first Division I football opponent
ever to play at Sacramento State. In addition to six Surge games in
1992, the stadium hosted a major concert for the first time when
Phil Collins played before 20,000 fans in June.
With a new state-of-the-art playing surface, Hornet Stadium continues to evolve. This season will mark the 19th year of play for Sacramento State since the facility underwent the most dramatic renovation in Hornet athletic history.
Since that change, numerous other improvements have been made to the stadium, which sits in the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex. Most recently, a new field was installed by Field Turf in June of 2010. Along with the new turf, a high-capacity drainage system was also installed which will allow the Hornets to train on the field throughout the year. Underneath the Field Turf is a mixture of sand and a rubber infill which creates one of the fastest surfaces in all of collegiate sports.
The stadium is also surrounded by two new facilities. The Broad Fieldhouse opened in 2008 and serves as the home to Sacramento State football and track. The WELL opened its doors in September of 2010 and is a $77M campus recreation and wellness center.
Other recent additions to Hornet Stadium include a new scoreboard — which is fully functional for both football and track and field — and new public entrances. Both projects were funded by Alex Spanos.
Hornet Stadium currently seats 21,195, down from its original 26,000 capacity following the 1992 renovation. The stadium remains one of the largest in the Big Sky Conference.
The stadium has also hosted several high-profile events outside of Hornet football. The U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials took place in 2000 and 2004. The stadium has also hosted the 2003 2005, 2006 and 2007 NCAA Div. I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Previously, the Sacramento Surge of the World League and the Sacramento Gold Miners of the Canadian Football League also played its home games on the Sacramento State campus. In 2011, the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League made their debut.
Following a historic agreement signed on December 15, 1991, Sacramento State and Surge owner Fred Anderson entered into a partnership that brought the eventual 1992 World League champions to Hornet Stadium. The renovation project was one of the most unique ever undertaken on an athletic facility in California. Construction began in early January of 1992. Just 10 weeks later, the 6,000-seat facility was transformed into a magnificent 26,000-seat stadium, featuring dramatic upgrades throughout the venue. The Surge hosted the Montreal Machine in a preseason game March 14, barely three months after the first shovel pierced dirt in January.