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Rhodes Stadium History

Rhodes Stadium is designed to give fans the ultimate game-day experience. Designed by architectural firm Ellerbe Becket, the seats are contoured for comfort and they’re right on top of the action. All of the stadium’s services are within an easy walk of any seat. Rhodes Stadium, named for trustee Dusty Rhodes, his wife, Peggy, and their family, opened its doors on September 22, 2001 for the first game against North Carolina A&T. In 2009, the largest crowd in stadium history – 14,167 fans – was on hand to watch Elon take on Appalachian State on November 14.

McKinnon Field

Named in honor of trustee Bob McKinnon ‘62 and his wife, Ray, the green grass of McKinnon Field is the result of extensive research and planning, and sophisticated construction methods.

McKinnon Field is identical to the playing surfaces in many NFL stadiums. McGovernSports Fields, Inc., of Ft. Myers, Fla., which installed similar fields for venues such as stadiums in Charlotte and Miami, did the work for the field. Functional and attractive, these sand-based fields help reduce injuries by providing a firm, reliable surface for players to make quick cuts and turns.

Work on the field began in the fall of 2000 with the installation of more than 12,000 feet of plastic pipe to provide drainage. On top of this drainage network came a four-inch blanket of stone, followed by a 12-inch root zone composed of a blend of silica sand and peat moss.

Theos Arch

Fans entering Rhodes Stadium will walk under Theos Arch, named in recognition of Nick Theos’ lifetime accomplishments as an educator. Theos is a 1956 Elon alumnus from Charleston, S.C.

Top 10 Crowds in Rhodes Stadium History

1. Nov. 14, 2009 vs. Appalachian State - 14,167
2. Sept. 29, 2007 vs. Appalachian State - 13,100
3. Sept. 20, 2014 vs. Charlotte - 11,203
4. Sept. 27, 2008 vs. Samford - 11,149
5. Sept. 24, 2011 vs. The Citadel - 10,883
6. Aug. 30, 2008 vs. Richmond - 10,847
7. Nov. 8, 2008 vs. Western Carolina - 10,747
8. Nov. 19, 2011 vs. Appalachian State - 10,638
9. Nov. 10, 2001 vs. Georgia Southern - 10,632
10. Sept. 27, 2003 vs. N.C. A&T - 10,536


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