Bulldog Stadium Photo Gallery
Bulldog Stadium has been the home of the Fresno State football team since it first opened in 1980 and it also hosts the women's soccer team (since 1995) and the women's lacrosse team (since 2009). Entering its 35th season hosting the football team in 2014, the 41,031-seat facility has established itself as one of the most difficult places to play for visiting teams.
Fresno State has found great success in its home facility, owning a record of 161-45-2 that is good for a winning percentage over 75 percent (.774). Over the last 16 seasons, the 'Dogs have posted a 77-22 (.778) record at Bulldog Stadium and included in that stretch was a 17-game home winning streak from 1998-01. Fresno State also has a current 13-game winning streak over the last two seasons under head coach Tim DeRuyter, which included winning the inaugural Mountain West championship game on Dec. 7, 2013 over Utah State.
Some of the monumental home victories at Bulldog Stadium include a 44-24 win over No. 10 Oregon State - the highest ever ranked opponent to come to Fresno at that time - in 2001, a 17-3 win over Cal in 2000 and a 28-14 win over Cincinnati in 2010.
Fresno State has been able to bring in some of the nation's top teams to Bulldog Stadium over the years. Included in that list are Baylor, Cal, Cincinnati, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Oregon State (twice), Rutgers and Wisconsin. In 2011, No. 5 Boise State became the highest-ranked opponent to ever play in Bulldog Stadium.
The Red Wave has packed Bulldog Stadium to its limit countless times over the years. Fresno State has played 32 games with 40,000 or more fans in the stands.
In 2000, the Bulldogs set a new single-season attendance record when they averaged 42,410 fans, the 22nd-best mark in the nation. The following season, in which Fresno State achieved a program-record national ranking of No. 8, was even better. The Bulldogs set a new record by averaging 42,802 fans, including stadium single-game records of 42,881 in each of the last five contests of that year.
The large crowds and loyal fan support is one reason why CBSSportsline.com voted Bulldog Stadium the nation's 23rd-best college football facility in 2003.
In the summer of 2011, Bulldog Stadium received a face-lift when FieldTurf was installed as the new playing surface. The $1.2 million project was funded completely by private donations.
Original construction of Bulldog Stadium began in June of 1979 following what was then the most successful capital fundraising project ever undertaken in the San Joaquin Valley. Local residents raised in excess of $7 million for the project. No state tax dollars or student fees were used to build the stadium.
Built partially below ground level with the playing field 37 feet below grade, the bowl features a low profile appearance. A unique cantilevered lighting system extends toward the field and is directed downward to concentrate lighting on the playing surface.
Bulldog Stadium underwent a two-phase expansion project in 1991, which included the addition of more than 10,000 seats -- increasing the stadium's capacity from 30,000 to 41,031 -- and the construction of 22 sky suites. Other improvements included additional restrooms and concession facilities.
The first phase entailed filling in the panels beyond the north and south end zones with bench seating and the reconfiguration of the seating on the stadium's east side. The second phase, completed prior to the 1992 season, featured the addition of 22 sky suites, each of which includes seating for 20, among other amenities.
At its present state, chair seating is available for more than 5,000 spectators on the west side of the stadium between the 18-yard lines to accommodate the contributors of the $7 million. There are also 4,240 chair-back seats on the east side and the rest of the stadium seating is on aluminum benches.
Fresno State defeated Montana State 21-14 on Nov. 25, 1980, in the first game played in the stadium.
Bulldog Stadium was also home to the California Raisin Bowl from 1981-91. Fresno State played in the game five times, winning the title on four occasions. In 1994, the Stadium hosted friendly matches prior to the FIFA World Cup.