The Jacksonville State University Board of Trustees approved the naming of its football facility Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium in the summer of 2010 and the Gamecocks will play their 71st season there this year.
The football playing facility has been called Paul Snow Stadium since the 1961 season, but now also honors former coach Bill Burgess, who led the Gamecocks to the 1992 NCAA Division II National Championship.
Long ago, in the days when Jacksonville State University went by Jacksonville State Teachers College and the athletic teams were nicknamed the “Eagle Owls,” football was played in a field next to John Forney National Guard Armory.
In 1946 as JSU began to change, enrollment began to rise and so did the popularity of football. Seeing the need for a new facility, the school built a stadium in the present location and it was dedicated in front of an overflow crowd at the 1947 Homecoming game against Pembroke. The Gamecocks went on to win that game and posted a perfect 9-0 season, including a 7-0 win over Florida State.