Courtesy: Jason Kaufman/CMU Athletics
Kelly/Shorts Stadium

Kelly/Shorts Stadium, named the best stadium in the MAC by The Sporting News, has undergone a multitude of upgrades and renovations since 2004, elevating it to one of the premier facilities of its size to enjoy college football.

In 2012 the stadium will see a rare seven-game home schedule and expects to host in excess of 150,000 fans. Improved graphics will highlight both the interior and exterior of the stadium and an additional 2,450 bleacher seats will be added to the student section, in the south endzone, ratcheting up what The Sporting News has routinely called the best gameday atmosphere in the MAC. In addition, temporary suites will be added to the east side of the stadium, accommodating another 180 fans.

Beginning in 2004 with the FieldTurf installation, and continuing with stadium lighting in 2006 and a video scoreboard in 2007, Kelly/Shorts Stadium has undergone a transformation and now affords fans and student-athletes the amenities consistent with other premier facilities across the country. Aesthetic improvements were also made prior to the 2009 season to both the concourse and surrounding buildings, as well as the construction of the Chippewas Varsity Shop at the northwest corner of the stadium.

The full-replay capable video board measures 16 feet tall and 30 feet wide (480 square feet), giving fans a chance to view highlights and other videos throughout the game.

The stadium's seating capacity was expanded in 1998 to its current capacity of 30,255. It is the largest on-campus stadium in the Mid-American Conference and has hosted the most or second-most fans in the MAC in three of the past four seasons, dating back to 2008.

The west side of the stadium features a two-tiered press box. Nine guest suites and select club-level seating comprise the lower deck, while the upper deck serves the media. Coaches' booths and game operations are also on this level.

Originally a $2.2 million project and named Perry Shorts Stadium in honor of R. Perry Shorts, who went on to a distinguished banking career after graduating from CMU, the stadium was dedicated on November 4, 1972, when the Chippewas defeated Illinois State, 28-21, before a Homecoming crowd.

In June 1983, the CMU Board of Trustees voted to rename the facility Kelly/Shorts Stadium in honor of Kenneth (Bill) Kelly, who coached CMU from 1951-66.

Opened: November 4, 1972
Capacity: 30,255 (32,885 in 2012)
Surface: FieldTurf
First Event:
November 4, 1972 vs. Illinois State (W, 28-21)

Premium Seat Offerings
♦ Nine luxury suites 

Club Level Amenities
♦ Premium chairback seating
♦ VIP parking
♦ Clublounge
♦ Max & Emily's concessions
♦ Private restrooms
♦ Seats located directly in front of suites

Other Features
♦ 480-square-foot video scoreboard
♦ On-site locker room and players' lounge
♦ On-site training room, meeting rooms and film stations
♦ Underground tunnel connecting the Indoor Athletic Complex turf practice facility and locker room
♦ Stadium lights

Accessibility
♦ Open-captioning system
♦ Elevator access to all floors
♦ Wheelchair/companion seating
♦ Service animal friendly


Permitted Items:
The following items may be brought into the stadium:

  • Bags smaller then 5.5" x 8.5" x 2"
  • Seat cushions
  • Binoculars
  • Pagers and cell phones
  • Small cameras and radios
  • Blankets and rain apparel
Prohibited Items:
For the safety and game day experience of all fans, the following items are prohibited from entering the stadium:
  • Bags larger then 5.5" x 8.5" x 2"
  • Outside food and drink (sealed or unsealed)
  • Aerosol and spray cans
  • Weapons
  • Umbrellas
  • Animals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Coolers, thermoses, cups, bottles, cans or flasks
  • Water bottles
  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Smoking in the stadium
Central Michigan University reserves the right to deny anyone or anything from entering the stadium.
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