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History of Roos Field and list of Big Sky football facilities


1967: Eastern opens Woodward Field, named after former EWU football and basketball coach Arthur C. Woodward II. It replaces the original Woodward field located near the present JFK Library.

1978: Eastern football moves from NAIA to Division II.

1983: The Eagles advance to Division 1-AA (now FCS) and join the Big Sky Conference.

2002-4: A three-phase, $4.5 million renovation increases seating from 7,500 to 8,600 and upgrades various facilities.

2010: Former EWU football star and All-Pro lineman Michael Roos leads the financial effort to install red turf at the stadium, which is renamed Roos Field.

2012: The university proposes the Gateway Project, a $65 million, multiuse facility with suites and a donor club, a training room and a football operations office with locker rooms for home and visiting teams, a new university bookstore and leasable commercial space. The school seeks private donors to fund the project.

2012: Roos Field adds a video scoreboard.

2014: Dr. Mary Cullinan succeeds Dr. Rodolfo Arevalo as EWU President.

Spring 2016: Cullinan appoints athletic Bill Chaves to explore options for Roos Field.

Fall 2016: The university approves the $30 million renovation of the Pence Union Building, which incorporates some of the amenities in the Gateway Project proposal. The $30 million project will be financed with 30-year revenue bonds, to be paid by a mandatory student service and activity fee.


Montana: Wash.-Grizzly Stadium, 25,203; built 1986, expanded 1995, 2003, 2008

Sacramento St.: Hornet Stadium, 21,195; built 1969, expanded 1992

Montana St.: Bobcat Stadium, 20,767; built 1973, expanded 2011

Portland St.: Providence Park, 19,566; built 1926 , expanded 2001

Weber St.: Stewart Stadium, 17,500; built 1966

*Idaho: Kibbie Dome, 16,000; built 1975

N. Dakota: Alerus Center, 12,283; built 2001

Idaho St.: Holt Arena, 12,000; built 1970

Cal Poly: Alex Spanos Stadium, 11,075

UC Davis: Aggie Stadium, 10,849; built 2007

Northern Arizona: Walkup Skydome, 10,000; built 1977

EWU: Roos Field, 8,600; built 1967, renovated 2004

Northern Colorado: Nottingham Field, 8,533; built 1995

Southern Utah: Eccles Coliseum, 8,500; built 1967, renovated 1997

*Will join conference in 2018