Merlin Olsen Field At Maverik Stadium
Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium is an outdoor football stadium on the campus of Utah State University. It opened in 1968 and currently has a seating capacity of 25,513. Its AstroTurf GameDay Grass playing field runs in the traditional north-south configuration, and sits at an elevation of 4710 feet above sea level.
Originally named for E. Lowell "Dick" Romney, Utah State's all-time winningest football coach and former athletics director, Romney Stadium was officially dedicated on September 27, 1969. The first game in the stadium came a season earlier in 1968.
Thanks to a massive volunteer effort in 1980, 10,000 seats were added to the southern bowl which brought the capacity of the stadium to 25,513. Prior to the 1997 season, approximately 4,000 chair back seats replaced wooden bleachers on the west side of the stadium. Ahead of the 1999 season, new scoreboards were added at each end of the stadium and additional bleacher seats were installed as well. New aluminum bleachers replaced wooden bleachers on the lower sections of the east side of the stadium in 2001. In 2003 that project expanded to the upper sections. In the summer of 2004, the bent bluegrass field was replaced with a state of the art synthetic turf by SprinTurf. Prior to the 2005 season a new south end entrance, improved concession stands and restroom facilities as well as a widened concourse on the east side of the stadium were completed.
The Jim & Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex was completed in 2008. The facility houses home and visitor locker rooms, an equipment room, coaches offices, team meeting areas and a sports medicine area.
On December 5, 2009, USU announced that the field at Romney Stadium would be named Merlin Olsen Field in honor of Pro and College Football Hall of Fame member and former Aggie Merlin Olsen. Following Olsen's death in March 2010, Utah State dedicated a statue in his honor in a ceremony held on October 23, 2010. The bronze statue, created by Utah sculptor Blair Buswell, depicts Olsen during his college playing days at USU - in full uniform and pads, with his helmet under his arm - and stands outside the south entrance of Maverik Stadium.
In the summer of 2012, the playing surface on Merlin Olsen Field was replaced with AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D60 Extreme and the new unveiled athletics logo replaced the old at midfield. The new end zones are navy blue with the "Utah State" word mark in the south end zone and the "Aggies" word mark in the north end zone, bookended by the new bull logo.
On April 11, 2015, Utah State University and Maverik Inc. entered a long-term naming rights partnership, renaming the Romney Stadium to Maverik Stadium as part of a massive renovation. Renovations to Maverik Stadium will focus on greatly improving the overall fan experience. On the west side, a new three-story premium seating and press box structure will be built to include a state-of-the-art media and game operations area, 24 luxury suites, 20 loge boxes, over 700 covered club seats and a premium club area that will also be used to host a student-athlete training table. Major concourse work will include significantly increased restrooms, upgraded concessions and an enlarged concourse for better pedestrian traffic flow.
Directions to Maverik Stadium
Maverik Stadium is located at the corner of 1000 North and 800 East.
• From Main Street and Center Street, take Main Street, North to 1000 North.
• Take Right on 1000 North to 800 East.
• Take left onto 800 East.
• The stadium is located on the east side of 800 East.
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