Mississippi State University Davis Wade Stadium Expansion


Mississippi State University


Construction Cost
$60 million

Completion Date

Project Size
6,000 additional seats

Mississippi State University Davis Wade Stadium Expansion


Walter P Moore provided structural design and diagnostics to support a major expansion and improvement program at historic Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, MS, home of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. 

Mississippi State University has some of the most avid fans in the country. They popularized the use of cowbells as noisemakers at games, both causing the SEC to ban them and then getting them to lift their 32 year ban on the noisemakers in 2009.  MSU is also the stadium that originated and popularized the use of the song “Who Let the Dogs Out?”

At the time of the renovation, the stadium was the second oldest FBS stadium in the United States, which gave rise for the need for Walter P Moore to conduct a detailed diagnostics assessment of the structural condition before the current project began.

Not unexpectedly we found that the oldest parts of the stadium are poorly maintained and in need of substantial repairs, and the project also included a new multi-level north end zone structure with premium seating sections and room to grow in the future.  In addition, the project included an expansion of the west side main concourse added concessions, restrooms, elevators to upper levels, and a new façade.