Watch these videos for memorable moments during the history of Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.
Farewell Coughlin! Check out this recap of removing the structure piece-by-piece.
About Coughlin-Alumni Stadium
Coughlin-Alumni Stadium will be the home field of South Dakota State University football for its 54th — and final — season in 2015.
The Jackrabbits have had a decided home-field advantage on the only natural grass field remaining in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
In its 53 years of operation, there have been 284 games against 64 different opponents at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium, with SDSU holding a 179-105 record (.630 winning percentage) on its home field. The stadium opened Sept. 22, 1962, when the Jackrabbits dropped a 9-7 decision to Arkansas State. SDSU’s first home victory at CAS was a 28-7 win over Augustana on Oct. 6, 1962.
Since moving to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision in 2004, the Jackrabbits have posted a 46-14 mark (.767 winning percentage) at CAS, including a 20-8 record at home against Missouri Valley Football Conference opponents.
The largest crowd ever to see a football game of any kind in South Dakota came through the turnstiles on Sept. 28, 2013, when 16,498 fans watched as the Jackrabbits hosted top-ranked North Dakota State in a battle between two teams ranked in the FCS top 10.
The previous single-game attendance record was set on Nov. 17, 2007, when 16,345 fans saw SDSU defeat North Dakota State, 29-24, to claim the Dakota Marker and Great West Football Conference title. The Bison entered that game undefeated at 10-0 and were ranked No. 1 in the FCS Coaches Poll.
SDSU set a single-season attendance record during the 2009 season as an average of 13,265 fans passed through the turnstiles during the playoff-qualifying Jackrabbits’ five home games, ranking 17th in the Fooball Championship Subdivision as each game drew a crowd better than 10,000. The Jackrabbits again topped the 10,000 mark in average home attendance for the fifth consecutive year in 2014 with an average of 10,936 fans.
A new scoreboard was installed in the south end zone prior to the 2005 season. The scoreboard, which was manufactured by Brookings-based Daktronics, measures approximately 121 feet wide by 56 feet high and features a large full-color ProStar® video replay screen in the center with additional statistical and advertising panels.
The football scoreboard was part of a $3 million upgrade to scoreboard display systems and signage at SDSU athletic facilities.
Also since the turn of the century at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium, lights were added, parking lots were paved, new restrooms were constructed, a new ticket booth added, and an organized tailgating area known as “The Backyard” was cleared directly north of the stadium.
CAS saw other changes in the fall of 2010 as the Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center, located in the north end zone, opened. The DSAC houses coaching offices and the locker room for the Jackrabbit football team.
With the addition of the lights during the summer of 2000, CAS also became the home of the Brookings High School Bobcats.
SDSU played its first game under the lights at CAS on Sept. 1, 2001, defeating Ferris State (Mich.), 34-24. The Jackrabbits have gone on to compile a 28-8 record in night games at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.
The stadium project was started after Charles Coughlin, a 1909 graduate and former student-athlete, donated $50,000 towards the building of a new stadium to replace State Field. The remaining $250,000 of the original $300,000 cost was raised from alumni, students and friends of SDSU.
“Those that have played at Coughlin-Alumni and those that have gone to games at Coughlin-Alumni know it is a great stadium and we should really celebrate that it has been for fifty years.” Coach John Stiegelmeier