A state-of-the-art facility that hosts a variety of university and community events, both sports and non-sports including 1,000 person banquets, as well as regional and national competitions.
The site has already hosted, and is in the rotation to continue to host, the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championship, the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championship, and the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championship.
The $13 million, 154,000-square-foot facility, completed in Spring 2015, includes a 100-yard turf field, an 11,000-square-foot modern strength facility, a 300-meter track and seating for up to 1,500. It will also include locker rooms for mens and womens track & field and football, offices and meeting rooms.
Pittsburg State University plays its home basketball and volleyball games at John Lance Arena. John Lance Arena is a 3,500 seat multi-purpose arena built in 1971. In 2012, John Lance Arena received a $1.3 million renovation with the installation of a new, 31,000 square foot, maple floor. The renovation also included new lower-level seating. John Lance Arena features three full-size basketball courts and can be converted into up to seven volleyball courts. John Lance Arena is also an ideal venue for wrestling, dance and cheerleading competitions.
The home of the Pittsburg State University Gorillas, Carnie Smith Stadium opened in 1924 and is recognized as one of the premiere venues in NCAA Division II. Built in a Classical Revival style, a Classical arcade dominates the west side of the stadium. A decorated 6 foot tall ironstone wall encircles the stadium.
Full name: Carnie Smith Stadium, Brandenburg Football Field, Prentice Gudgen Track
Nicknames: “The Jungle”, “The Pitt”
Executive suites: 24
Record attendance: 11,910 (October 20, 2012)
Surface: MondoTurf (installed July 2012)
Scoreboard: 40’x70′ video board dubbed the “JungleTron”
In addition to numerous NCAA Division II regular season and playoff games, Carnie Smith Stadium has been the home to Kansas High School state championships, the Kansas Shrine Bowl All-Star game, and two National Junior College Athletic Association championship games.
Carnie Smith Stadium also features the Prentice Gudgen Track. This historic track and field facility has hosted many events at the youth, high school and collegiate levels, including the MIAA Track and Field Championship.
Construction begins with volunteer labor during the summer of 1923. $100,000 was donated by students, alumni, faculty and citizens of Pittsburg to build the stadium. To insure its completion by the start of the 1924 season, faculty members were eventually required to help work up to eight hours per week.
1924, October 11
Originally named Brandenburg Stadium, in honor of William Aaron Brandenburg, the first president of the University, the first varsity football game was held between PSU (known as Kansas State Teachers College) and Baker University, in front of approximately 4,000 fans.
The University announced the field would continue to bear the name of PSUs first president, but the stadium would be called Carnie Smith Stadium, in honor of the legendary PSU football coach who led the Gorillas to two NAIA national championships (1957 and 1961) and six conferences titles during his tenure from 1949-66.
A $5.7 million expansion provided by private funding added 2,700 seats, including new club seating on both the East and West stands, and 16 luxury sky boxes added to East stands. Stadium capacity grew from 5,611 permanent seats to 8,343. New restroom, concession stand and ticket booth facilities added. An elevator, handicap accessability and other ADA improvements made. Home and visitor locker room upgraded. New media room added.
A $2.5 million expansion provided by private funding added eight luxury sky boxes to West side of the stadium.
A $1.7 million upgrade through private funding unveiled the “Jungletron” video scoreboard, the largest replay board in NCAA Division II.
Bleacher Report listed Carnie Smith Stadium as one of the “Top 50 Stadiums to See Before You Die” and one of the “Top 20 College Football Atmospheres in the Country.”