A new era in sports began at Stevenson University this school year. The Mustangs are now officially a football school, and they proved it at the opening of the brand new Mustang Stadium this past Saturday. The SU Mustangs, who compete in the Middle Atlantic Conference (D-III), notched their first football victory before a sellout crowd (3,500 capacity) at Mustang Stadium. The team won in dramatic fashion, beating Christopher Newport 46-43 in double overtime.
The stadium was built and renovated using existing facilities that once belonged to the Baltimore Colts, the Baltimore Stallions of the CFL and, most recently, the Baltimore Ravens.
In 2005, the university (then Villa Julie College) bought the team’s original practice facility in Owings Mills. The school’s initial plan was to use the facility for additional classrooms, computer labs and office space. They did utilize the space for those things until the school decided to expand its athletics. So basically, a lot can change in six years.
The stadium project cost the school $7 million. Improvements and renovations were made to the practice facility, while some areas were kept the same. The university even recycled the lockers from the Ravens’ locker room and brought in a company to make replicas of the existing ones so they had enough for all the players.
Instead of me describing every last detail to you, I’ll let you see the renovations for yourself. The Owings Mills Patch went out to the facility for a tour and posted a great video of the new complex:
For another perspective, check out the Daily Record’s Flickr stream here.
So if you’re in the Owings Mills area, why not stop by and visit Maryland’s newest stadium?