Considered to be one of the finest Division I FCS facilities in the nation, picturesque Roy Stewart Stadium has provided the football Racers spacious, well-tended and modern facilities since it opened in 1973.
The stadium, which features a nine-lane track and an Field Turf playing surface, is named for one of Murray State's great coaches and athletic administrators, Roy Stewart, who guided the MSU football team from 1932 to 1945, compiling a 60-33-11 record.
The Racers moved into the facility in 1973 and logged a 27-25 win over Western Carolina in the first game in the stadium. The stadium was dedicated on Sept. 9, 1974.
The first level of the stadium houses spacious offices and meeting rooms for football and track and field. It also includes the Tom "Doc" Simmons Training Room and one of the finest weight rooms in America, along with expansive dressing rooms for football, men's and women's track, baseball and softball.
The second floor serves as the the primary home for the MSU athletics department and the Weaver Center for Academic Enhancement. The second floor is also home to the offices for baseball, golf, soccer softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
The Pat Spurgin Rifle Range, home of the three-time NCAA champions and site of several NCAA championships, is located at the northern end of the second floor.
Towering more than 150 feet above the playing surface, a two-tiered press box offers working space for 50 media representatives, with private radio booths and a camera area for film and television. New windows were installed in 2012 and in 2013, new carpet made for a nice upgrade to what is a great space for the media to cover the games.
The seven-floor structure provides optimum seating for 16,800 fans and it serves as the center of operations for Murray State Athletics.