Alabama A&M Football Stadium
Louis Crews Stadium is a 21,000-seat multi-purpose stadium in Normal, Alabama. It opened in 1996 and is home to the Alabama A&M University Bulldogs football team. It was named in honor of former Head Football Coach Louis Crews who served from 1960 to 1975.
Built in 1996 at a price of $10 million, Louis Crews Stadium has a current capacity of 21,000, and is the sixth largest stadium in Alabama. The home-side grandstands have a capacity of 14,000 and the visitors’ side holds 7,000.
The stadium features a two-level pressbox which can hold up to 30 sportswriters, and nineteen skyboxes that can seat 16 to 50 people each.
Artificial turf was installed in October 2012.
Named after the winningest coach to ever pace the sidelines for Alabama A&M, the Louis Crews Stadium and Physical Education Complex stands as one of the finest on-campus football facilities in the NCAA’s Division I-AA.
The complex consists of a 21,000 seat football stadium, a state of the art press box, 19 luxury suites, and the George Hobson Field House, which houses the football coaching offices, a weight room, and the Robert Mathis locker room. The stadium is also host to cultural events such as concerts and general assemblies and serves as the site for A&M’s commencement exercises.
Since its opening game on September 14, 1996, Louis Crews Stadium has become one of the toughest places for visiting teams to leave with a victory. In 15 seasons calling it home, the Bulldogs have amassed a 49-27 record, including a 32-13 mark under coach Anthony Jones. Ironically, the Bulldogs lost the inaugural game, a triple-overtime defeat to Clark-Atlanta, 20-17.
The largest crowd to see a game at LCS was on Homecoming 1998. A&M defeated Southern, 33-27, in front of 22,287 fans. The second largest crowd and the largest in Louis Crews Classic history was 18,629 on September 17, 2011 when the Bulldogs defeated Tuskegee University during the second annual LCC. The third largest crowd was on October 14, 2006 when 17,558 saw the Maroon & White defeated Stillman College 21-14. In seven of the past eight seasons the Bulldogs have posted 4-1 records at home.
Alabama A&M has won 36 of its last 47 games at home entering the 2012 season. Twice the Bulldogs have put together six-game winning streaks at Louis Crews Stadium.
- The first game played in Louis Crews was a 20-17 loss to Clark Atlanta University. This marked the first game played on campus since 1971.
- The first win in the stadium was a 36-22 victory over Miles College in 1996.
- In 1998, 21,287 fans packed into the stadium to watch the Bulldogs defeat SWAC foe Southern University 33-27