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Memorial Stadium, Bloomington

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4.4/5 based on 45 reviews on the web
Memorial Stadium, also known as The Rock, is a stadium in Bloomington, Indiana. It is primarily used for football, and is the home field of the Indiana Hoosiers. The stadium opened in 1960 as part of a new athletics area at the university and currently has a capacity of 52,929. It replaced the original Memorial Stadium, built in 1925, a 20,000-seat stadium located on 10th Street where the arboretum now stands.HistoryThe stadium has been renovated or updated multiple times since the original construction, including the replacement of the original wooden seats with aluminum bleachers, installation of sound and lighting systems, and major structural overhauls.On June 1, 2003, a $3.5 million renovation of the Memorial Stadium press box was completed, which also added 300 indoor club seats and 9 suites. In the summer of 2003, the Hoosier locker room in Memorial Stadium underwent a $250,000 renovation. The facelift to the original 1986 facility included renovating and modernizing the existing space with new carpeting, lighting, and a new bulkhead ceiling along with the installation of custom-built oak wood lockers for 105 football players. The renovation was funded in large part by former Hoosier quarterback Trent Green his wife Julie and philanthropist Ted Derheimer.A 36 x 91ft HD scoreboard from Daktronics was added to the South End Zone for the 2010 season (which is the 29th largest collegiate scoreboard in the country), along with a state-of-the-art sound system.FeaturesPlaying surfaceThe field at the stadium was originally natural grass, but this was replaced in 1970 with artificial turf, which was updated to AstroTurf in 1986. The AstroTurf was replaced with grass in 1998, but the field soon reverted to an artificial surface (AstroPlay) in 2003. Heavy rains in June 2008 severely damaged the field, washing away the gravel substrate, and creating a large sinkhole in the south endzone, which led to the installation of the stadium's current FieldTurf surface.
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  • Visited Memorial Stadium for the Indiana vs Nebraska game. The Hoosier fans are definitely a class act. Very friendly and nice! 
  • Not a sellout but friendly to opposing fans. Tailgating not that impressive but the Hoosier band, Marching 100 was amazing. Wish there were seat backs! 
  • Paid a visit to Bloomington IN with my buddies for the annual away football contest to witness our alma mater, Michigan State take on IU. Enjoyed the experience around Hoosier Village and Memorial Sta...  read more »
  • Great stadium. Good fans. Indiana should be more competitive each year but has nothing to do with the stadium itself. Go Hoosiers.
  • I love the location and building but the football team just refuses to show any sign of competence. Much better are the tailgate fields around that exhibit more life than the stands during a game
  • Used to be open to the public, now it's not... Not sure what happened
  • Nice facility, but mostly empty
  • Fantastic stadium, the place is normally clean. And the people are great.
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