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Hornet Stadium is a 21,195 seat football
American football
American football is a sport played between two teams of eleven with the objective of scoring points by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone. Known in the United States simply as football, it may also be referred to informally as gridiron football. The ball can be advanced by...

 stadium
Stadium
A modern stadium is a place or venue for outdoor sports, concerts, or other events and consists of a field or stage either partly or completely surrounded by a structure designed to allow spectators to stand or sit and view the event.)Pausanias noted that for about half a century the only event...

 in Sacramento, California
Sacramento, California
Sacramento is the capital city of the U.S. state of California and the county seat of Sacramento County. It is located at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in the northern portion of California's expansive Central Valley. With a population of 466,488 at the 2010 census,...

. It is located at Sacramento State
California State University, Sacramento
California State University, Sacramento, popularly known as Sacramento State, is a public university located in the city of Sacramento, California. It is part of the California State University system...

. It was completed in 1969. It is the home football stadium of the Sacramento State Hornets and Sacramento Mountain Lions. It has also been the home stadium of the Sacramento Surge
Sacramento Surge
The Sacramento Surge was a professional American football team that played in the World League of American Football in 1991 and 1992. The team played its first season at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, and the second season in Hornet Stadium on the Sacramento State University campus. It was owned...

 of the WLAF
World League of American Football
The World League of American Football was founded in 1990 with support from the National Football League to play professional American football in North America, Europe and later possibly Asia...

 and the Sacramento Gold Miners
Sacramento Gold Miners
The Sacramento Gold Miners were a Canadian football team based in Sacramento, California. The franchise was the first American team in the Canadian Football League. The Gold Miners were originally the "descendants" of the Sacramento Surge from the defunct World League of American Football...

 of the Canadian Football League
Canadian Football League
The Canadian Football League or CFL is a professional sports league located in Canada. The CFL is the highest level of competition in Canadian football, a form of gridiron football closely related to American football....

.

1992

  • Temporary seating was installed at the end zones to increase capacity to 26,000 for the Sacramento Surge. These seats were removed in 1993 to accommodate for the larger CFL
    Canadian Football League
    The Canadian Football League or CFL is a professional sports league located in Canada. The CFL is the highest level of competition in Canadian football, a form of gridiron football closely related to American football....

     field.

2000

  • The stadium underwent a $1 million improvement in preparation for the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials; An Olympic-sized track was installed surrounding the field as well as a practice track north of the stadium.

2008

  • Broad Fieldhouse opened, which included new offices, locker rooms, athletic training room, weight room, and a VIP patio.

2010

  • Natural grass was replaced by FieldTurf Duraspine Pro.
  • "The Well" opened next to the north end zone which provided paved areas for concessions.
  • A Jumbotron was added below the scoreboard for Sacramento Mountain Lions' games.

Notable

  • On July 7, 1993, It was the site of the first Canadian Football League
    Canadian Football League
    The Canadian Football League or CFL is a professional sports league located in Canada. The CFL is the highest level of competition in Canadian football, a form of gridiron football closely related to American football....

     game ever played on American soil, where The Calgary Stampeders
    Calgary Stampeders
    The Calgary Stampeders are a Canadian Football League team based in Calgary, Alberta and named in reference to the Calgary Stampede. The Stampeders play their home games at McMahon Stadium...

     defeated the Gold Miners 38-36.
  • Hornet Stadium hosted the first game between US franchises in the CFL when the Las Vegas Posse
    Las Vegas Posse
    The Las Vegas Posse was a Canadian Football League team that played the 1994 season as part of the CFL's short-lived American expansion. The Posse was one of the least successful CFL teams, both on the field and off.-On the field:...

     defeated the Gold Miners 32-26.
  • The largest crowd ever to witness an event in Hornet Stadium was when the Sacramento Surge
    Sacramento Surge
    The Sacramento Surge was a professional American football team that played in the World League of American Football in 1991 and 1992. The team played its first season at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, and the second season in Hornet Stadium on the Sacramento State University campus. It was owned...

     defeated the Barcelona Dragons
    Barcelona Dragons
    The Barcelona Dragons were a team originally in the World League of American Football and later in the resurrected NFL Europe. Their home field in Barcelona was the Estadi OlĂ­mpic de Montjuic, the 1992 Olympic Stadium, and later the Mini Estadi. The Dragons were successful on the field, making it...

     in the World League
    NFL Europe
    NFL Europe was an American football league which operated in Europe from 1991 until 2007. Backed by the National Football League , the largest professional American football league in the United States, it was founded as the World League of American Football to serve as a type of spring league...

     playoffs on May 30, 1992 in front of 26,445 fans.
  • The largest Sacramento State crowd came on September 18, 1999, as the Hornets defeated arch-rival UC Davis in the Causeway Classic
    Causeway Classic
    The Causeway Classic is the annual College football game between the Sacramento State Hornets and the UC Davis Aggies. In the past, the Causeway Carriage was transported to the winner of the game at the loser's expense...

    , 48-27, in front of 20,993 spectators.
  • The Sacramento Mountain Lions played their first game at the stadium on September 25, 2010 in a 24-20 win over the Florida Tuskers in front of a crown that was estimated to be over 20,000.

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