Originally completed in 1967 with a capacity of 16,000 fans, Ball State's Scheumann Stadium has grown into one of the top football facilities in the Mid-American Conference after a series of renovations including a $13.6 million update which was completed prior to the 2007 football season. The most recent renovation transformed the stadium into a major community asset, while increased its capacity to 22,500 and added permanent lighting for night games.
The 2007 renovation was funded by generous private gifts, including $4 million from former Ball State football player John Scheumann and his wife, June. Business executive Paul Kozel and his wife, Patricia, made a $1.25 million gift, while fundraising campaign chairman John Fisher and his wife, Janice, gave $510,000.
All three couples were honored with the stadium being christened the John B. And June M. Scheumann Stadium and the training center being named the John W. and Janice B. Fisher Football Training Complex. The new press box and entertainment suites are named the Paul L. and Patricia L. Kozel Communications Center.
In the final regular season game of the 2008 season, a Scheumann Stadium record 23,861 fans (including a school-record 11,088 students) saw the Cardinals record a 45-22 victory over Western Michigan to win the Mid-American Conference West Division title and finish the regular season with a perfect 12-0 record.
In addition to the single-game attendance record, the Cardinals had the best overall attendance in program history with 115,204 fans walking through the turnstiles over the course of six home games. BSU's average attendance of 19,201 for the 2008 season ranked second in program history, trailing only the 1997 average of 20,258.
Overall, Scheumann Stadium has seen 16 crowds of over 20,000 fans.
Largest Scheumann Stadium Crowds
1. 23,861 vs. Western Michigan, 11/25/2008
2. 23,813 vs. Indiana, 9/9/2006
3. 23,718 vs. Boston College, 9/2/2004
4. 23,549 vs. Indiana State, 8/28/2003
5. 22,517 vs. Navy, 9/5/2008
6. 21,581 vs. Toledo, 11/6/1997
21,581 vs. Toledo, 11/16/1996
8. 21,527 vs. Central Michigan, 10/18/1997
9. 21,278 vs. Toledo, 10/20/2001
10. 21,119 vs. Akron, 11/1/1997
11. 21,037 vs. Kent State, 11/9/1996
12. 20,948 vs. Eastern Michigan, 10/25/2008
13. 20,757 vs. Central Michigan, 11/3/2001
14. 20,752 vs. Akron, 10/2/1999
15. 20,437 vs. Kent State, 9/27/2008
16. 20,415 vs. Marshall, 9/27/1997