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Stambaugh Stadium turns 35

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

It's one of the most recognizable facilities in the area.

Stambaugh Stadium hosted its first football game 35 years ago today against Akron. 

Known as the Ice Castle, the home of the Penguins is a crown jewel in the area and FCS Football.

The stadium, whose official name is the Arnold D. Stambaugh Stadium, opened on this day against Akron. 

At the time of its opening, it was a one-sided facility. The Zips ruined the historic day with a last second field goal and beat the Penguins 20-19 before a capacity crowd.

Prior to playing on campus, the Penguins home field was Rayen Stadium and Austintown Fitch Stadium.
                                  
The stadium has gone through some renovations. In 1997 the DeBartolo Stadium Club was added along with a second tier of loges and a press box. That same year, an additional 3,000 seats were constructed on the east side, bringing the capacity to more than 20,000.

The surface has been replaced three times, the latest in 2011 with a new synthetic turf.  

All athletic administrative offices are at Stambaugh Stadium. There have been numerous renovations on the inside of the facility, but the next big one is the construction of a one level press box/media facility on the east side.  It'll be used on game days as well as for instruction in the telecommunications/broadcasting departments. Construction on the new structure is expected to begin at the end of the football season.

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