Sacramento State has fielded a football team since 1954 and they have played in Hornet Stadium since 1969. They compete in the FCS subdivision of Division I college football as members of the Big Sky Conference.
Sac State is part of the California State University (CSU) system and because the schools are public and the expensive nature of football, only 6 of the 23 schools still field a football team. They are: Sacramento (FCS), Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (FCS), San Diego (FBS), San Jose (FBS), Fresno (FBS) and Humboldt (Division II). The Hornets biggest rival is UC Davis whom they play yearly in the Causeway Classic.
Though Sac State plays in the FCS subdivision they have had recent success taking down FBS opponents. They beat Colorado at Folsom Field in 2012 and Oregon State at Reser Stadium in 2011.
Hornet Stadium sits within the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex between the Broad Fieldhouse (home to the track and football teams) and The WELL (campus recreation center). The complex is named after the same Alex Spanos who owns the San Diego Chargers and has funded the Spanos Center in Stockton and Alex G. Spanos Stadium in San Luis Obispo.
Tenant: Sacramento State Hornets (NCAA)