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Martin Stadium Timeline

 
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1892 - Built as Soldier Field.

1895 (November 9) - WSU defeated Idaho 10-4 in the first football game at Soldier Field.

1902 - The field was renamed Rogers Field in honor of the governor of Washington state, John R. Rogers.

1936 - WSU, then named Washington State College, built a completely new football stadium, but retained the same name; the new stadium was an all-wood structure built on concrete pilings. The field also featured new stands, an enlarged press box and an electronic scoreboard.

1970 (April 4) - Fire destroyed the south stands; a one-million dollar fund drive began after the decision was made to rebuild the stands rather than relocate or build an entirely new stadium; Dan Martin, a Los Angeles businessman, gave $250,000 to the project with the stipulation the stadium be renamed after his father, Clarence D. Martin. Clarence Martin was governor of Washington state from 1933-40.

1972 (summer) - First artificial turf (Astroturf) was installed.

1972 (Sept. 30) - WSU met Utah in the first game played in refurbished Martin Stadium

1975 - New north (student) stands were built;

1978 (fall) - Work began on the academic portion of the complex on the south side with the computer center relocating to the complex upon completion of the project in 1979.

1979 (January) - Another renovation of the stadium began to increase the seating capacity from 27,600 to 40,000; renovation was deemed necessary in order to meet requirements of the Pacific-10 Conference; the floor of the stadium was excavated 16 feet to add 12,400 seats; the track was removed from the stadium and relocated to the Bailey Baseball Stadium area directly north of the football complex, while a new baseball stadium was then built just south and east of Friel Court; the entire project, like the one in 1970, was funded through contributions; gift-in-kind and the purchase of "stadium builder'' seat options; it marked the first time a collegiate football stadium had been enlarged by digging down rather than building up; the project was also funded in part by the Martin family, with Charlotte Martin, widow of Dan Martin, giving $250,000 to the project; a SuperTurf artificial surface was installed.

1979 (October 13) - WSU celebrated Homecoming by defeating UCLA 17-14 before a record crowd of 32,651 in the first game played in the enlarged Martin Stadium.

1990 (summer) - Installed the sand-filled Omni-Turf playing surface.

2000 (summer) - Installed FieldTurf in Martin Stadium and on Rogers Field.

MARTIN STADIUM ATTENDANCE

40,306 		11-15-97 	WSU 38, Stanford 28
40,000	 	10-17-81 	WSU 17, UCLA 17
40,000 		11-20-82 	WSU 24, UW 20
40,000 		11-17-84 	UW 38, WSU 29
40,000 		11-22-86 	UW 44, WSU 23
40,000 		11-19-88 	WSU 32, UW 31
38,434 		09-30-89 	USC 18, WSU 17
37,600 		11-23-96 	UW 31, WSU 24 (OT)
37,600 		11-17-90 	UW 55, WSU 10
37,600 		11-21-93 	WSU 42, UW 23
37,600 		10-08-94 	WSU 21, Oregon 7
37,600 		10-15-94 	Arizona 10, WSU 7
37,600 		11-19-94 	WSU 23, Washington 6
37,600 		11-09-02 	WSU 32, Oregon 21
37,600 		11-23-02 	UW 29, WSU 26 (3OT)
37,444 		11-02-02 	WSU 44, ASU 22
37,251 		11-21-98 	Washington 16, WSU 9
37,196 		10-10-98 	Oregon 51, WSU 29
36,861 		10-05-02 	WSU 30, USC 27 (OT)
36,770 		09-19-98 	WSU 24, Idaho 16
36,686 		11-05-94 	USC 23, WSU 10
36,090 		10-21-89 	Arizona 23, WSU 21
35,759 		10-18-97 	WSU 63, California 37
35,283		10-06-01	WSU 34, OSU 27
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