Location in South Carolina
Location in the United States
|Address||540 University Blvd|
|Location||Conway, South Carolina|
|Owner||Coastal Carolina University|
|Operator||Coastal Carolina University|
|Surface||Shaw Sports PowerBlade (teal) (2015–present)|
|Broke ground||July 30, 2002|
|Opened||September 6, 2003|
|Construction cost||$59 Million|
|Architect||McMillan Smith & Partners|
|General contractor||Hill Construction|
Brooks Stadium is a 21,000-seat multi-purpose stadium in Conway, South Carolina. It is home to the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers football team at Coastal Carolina University. The facility opened in 2003 and is named in honor of Coby Garrett Brooks and Boni Belle Brooks, children of Robert Brooks. Brooks was a Loris, South Carolina native and was the chairman of Hooters of America, Inc. The stadium is notable for its teal artificial turf.
While the current stadium dates only to 2003, the site has a considerably longer football history. In a 2020 interview, Coastal athletic director Matt Hogue, who began working at the school in 1997 as Coastal's basketball play-by-play announcer, told ESPN journalist Ryan McGee,
When I started working here, that was the location of Conway High School's football stadium. They decided to build a new stadium on their campus, so it left that lot open for us. But it sat there empty for seven or eight months between their last game and our groundbreaking, so it was completely overgrown with weeds and watermelons. . . . When we went out there to get ready for the groundbreaking ceremony, there were wild watermelons all over the place. So, we had to work around that.
Groundbreaking for Brooks Stadium was held on July 30, 2002. Phase I of the stadium construction contained 6,408 seats, while the foundation and infrastructure of the stadium was designed to support future expansion to 20,000 seats. The stadium was formally dedicated on September 6, 2003, as the Chanticleer football team opened its inaugural game vs. Newberry College in front of a crowd of more than 8,000. On October 7, 2006, the field was named James C. Benton Field to honor the family for a large donation they made to the Coastal athletics program earlier in the year.
Following the announcement of the university joining the Sun Belt Conference on September 1, 2015, Brooks Stadium underwent construction to expand the stadium to 20,000 seats. The NCAA requires FBS programs to maintain an average attendance of at least 15,000 over a rolling two-year cycle. The expansion project received approval from the state in November 2015, but construction was not expected to begin until January 2017. Coastal Carolina University officials set the project price tag at $38 million. The committee also announced in February 2017 the lead architects for the expansion were Heery International, Inc. architectural firm and Stubbs Muldrow Herin architects. McKnight Construction Company was awarded the project, and groundbreaking took place on March 21, 2017. Construction took place over two phases; the first phase expanded the stadium to the FBS-minimum 15,000 seats by expanding the sidelines and connecting them to the north end zone as well as expanding the press box side upper deck. It was completed in time for Coastal Carolina's season opener against UMass on September 2, 2017. Construction of phase II began in January 2018, and further expanded capacity to over 20,000 seats by adding premium seating and an upper deck to the west side. Phase II was finished in August 2019.
The $8.5 million fieldhouse opened at Brooks Stadium in June 2010. It was originally named for brothers Mark and Will Adkins (Coastal Carolina '89), who planned to donate $1.5 million to the project. The fieldhouse added 1,600 seats.
On November 3, 2018, it was announced that Josh Norman had donated a large amount of money to the athletic department and the Adkins Fieldhouse name changed to Marrio & Josh Norman Fieldhouse.
The Marrio & Josh Norman Fieldhouse also includes houses:
|1||18,674||October 2, 2021||#16 Coastal Carolina 59, Louisiana–Monroe 6|
|2||17,697||September 10, 2021||#17 Coastal Carolina 49, Kansas 22|
|3||17,249||October 12, 2019||Coastal Carolina 21, Georgia State 31|
|4||16,744||November 13, 2021||Coastal Carolina 40, Georgia State 42|
|5||16,236||September 2, 2021||#22 Coastal Carolina 52, The Citadel 14|
|6||15,991||October 7, 2017||Coastal Carolina 21, Georgia State 27|
|7||15,545||November 11, 2017||Coastal Carolina 17, Troy 42|
|8||15,261||September 25, 2021||#17 Coastal Carolina 53, UMass 3|
|9||15,102||November 30, 2019||Coastal Carolina 24, Texas State 21|
|10||15,098||November 2, 2019||Coastal Carolina 36, Troy 35|