College Stadium Review: Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium

The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders hail from Murfreesboro Tennessee and they call Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium home. The stadium holds 31,000 Blue Raiders fans on fall weekends and has been since opening in 1933.

Johnny “Red” Floyd” Stadium is a perfect day out for the whole family as you will not find less expensive tickets or concessions anywhere for a big time football event. The Blue Raiders have been featured many times on ESPN national telecasts and have played in several college football bowl games in recent seasons.

Located in Murfreesboro, a city of about 100,000 residents, there are plenty of places to hang out before and after the game. One local hang out you may like is Whisky Dix, a saloon type bar the students like to go to party on game day. You can also find any number of restaurants and bars near the stadium such as Hooters, Buffalo Wild Wings or for some good Italian food and over 110 beers you may want to try Old Chicago.


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At the stadium, arrive early and catch the “Band of Blue” marching band entertain the crowd. Cheer the team on as they take on the best teams of Conference USA and college football. This season’s schedule includes Jackson State, Charlotte, Vanderbilt, FIU, Marshall, and North Texas. The Vanderbilt game will be the first time an SEC opponent has been to Murfreesboro. That game is sure to sell out quickly.

The Blue Raiders have been to four bowl games since 2006, the most recent coming in 2013 when they lost to Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl 24-6. The head coach of the Blue Raiders is Rick Stockstill. Stockstill played quarterback for the legendary coach Bobby Bowden at Florida State University. He has a 557-55 record in his ten seasons coaching the Blue Raiders.

100 Miles of Hate, the rivalry between Western Kentucky and MTSU resumed in 2014. The game will be played at WKU in 2015 but will return to Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium in 2016.

Conference USA is the biggest conference the Blue Raiders have been a member of since joining FBS. The conference has several bowl tie-ins so the chances are the Blue Raiders will get to a bowl provided they win the six games required for eligibility. C-USA also has a championship game which is held on campus so there is also a chance that Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium will host the game.

Blue Raiders football is a great way to spend a fall Saturday. Bring the whole family or a group of friends and take in a Blue Raiders game this fall!

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