Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field is home to the James Madison University football Dukes. The facility was built in 1975, enlarged in 1981, and in 2011 completed a major $62 million renovation that increased seating capacity to 24,877, added multiple amenities and made it one of the premier facilities to accompany what is already one of the best game day atmospheres in the Football Championship Subdivision. The first phase of the construction began the week following the conclusion of the Dukes’ 2009 season. The second phase started soon after the final whistle of the Dukes’ last home game (Nov. 13) of the 2010 season.
The first phase included the demolition of the west stands and reconstruction of the lower level of a two-tiered structure. Fans enjoyed the usage of the lower tier, which also includes new restrooms, convenient concession areas, and a fan store, during the 2010 season. By August of 2011, the project had increased the seating capacity with a second deck and by constructing permanent seating behind the north end zone. The second phase also included the building of a 1,000-seat club level, 16 suites and a press, communications and operations facility, which brought the total height of the facility to 134.
In the summer of 2019, JMU upgraded the stadium’s turf, installing a new FieldTurf synthetic system accompanied by a new design prominently displaying the JMU block logo at midfield. The FieldTurf Revolution 360 has been an industry leader in synthetic surfaces as the choice of more than 300 professional and collegiate organizations in North America. It features optimal durability, resilience and feel to maximize athletic performance and safety. The Revolution 360 product is a newer generation of the original FieldTurf Revolution turf, previously installed in Bridgeforth Stadium.
Tenant: James Madison Dukes (NCAA)