Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan and constructed for a cost of $250,000, Waldo Stadium is the home of the Western Michigan Broncos and was opened on October 7, 1939. It was named after Dwight B. Waldo, the first president of the school.
The site has been home of Western Michigan football since 1914. A football field, without a stadium or modern seating, existed there through 1938 until the construction of the stadium in 1939.
The original stadium included an eight-lane track, which was later moved to another facility across the street. In addition, the original stadium complex included Hyames Field, home for the school’s baseball team, which is directly west of the football field
Construction was financed by private contributions and the contributors were given tickets to the first game against Western Kentucky University.
The original stadium had a seating capacity of 15,000. It was involved in a series of renovations in 1995, 2003, 2013, 2014, and 2015 and an expansion in 1989 that added more seats during the years to ultimately give it a total seating capacity of 30,200.
A donation from Coca-Cola financed the addition of the main scoreboard and video screen at the southwest end zone in 2003. Plans call for the installation of a new, state-of-the-art scoreboard and video display before the beginning of the 2015 football season.
In 2003 the stadium complex was expanded to include the Donald J. Seelye Center, a project that cost $25 million that raises eight stories. The structure hosts an indoor practice field, weight and fitness rooms, staff offices and club suites, which have a good view of the field from the building’s vantage point on the edge of the northeast end zone. The facility also incorporated the already-existing Oakland Gymnasium. This permitted two unique entrances –- a modern one on one side, and a retro style on the other.
The stadium has hosted a number of BCS conference teams including the University of Virginia football team in 2003 and Virginia Tech’s football team in 2002. Big 10 team Indiana battled Western Michigan there in 2007 and Michigan State and Illinois will be coming to Waldo Stadium to play Western Michigan in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
Noteworthy Facts About Waldo Field
- Broncos’ all-time record 235-151-4
- All-time record at Waldo 221-138-4
- Undefeated seasons: 11 (1941, 1942, 1947, 1966, 1982, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2006, 2008, 2011)
- Full seasons at Waldo Stadium: 76 (1939-2014)
- Longest home winning streak 15 (1940-1943)
- Longest home losing streak: 9 (1952-1954)
Home Record by Decade
- 1930s 2-3 (.400)
- 1940s 32-14 (696)
- 1950s 20-29-1 (.410)
- 1960s 27-19-2 (.583)
- 1970s 34-22-1 (.605)
- 1980s 33-19-0 (.635)
- 1990s 38-13-0 (.745)
- 2000s 35-19-0 (.518)
- 2010s 14-13-0 (.518)
- Western Michigan University marching band plays pre-game concert in the track and field facility and march into the stadium where they are featured in pre-game and halftime festivities.
- Fans sit on hills on either side of the main grandstand.
- A cannon on the northeast side of the stadium is fired after scores and on kickoffs.
- Seating is close to the sidelines. Fans who sit in the first few rows are very close to the action.