Arkansas State’s first game at Centennial Bank Stadium was played Sept. 28, 1974. The stadium, which now seats 30,406, has undergone several renovations since then and more are on the horizon.
A-State originally transitioned from a grass field to an artificial playing surface prior to the 2006 season and upgraded to a state-of-the-art GEO Surfaces field turf in 2010. Like the original field turf installed nine years ago, the new Geo-Surfaces product still features a large A-State logo in the center of the field and red end zones with large white "ARKANSAS STATE" lettering.
However, the new product has an enhanced look with the addition of two Red Wolves logos, two Sun Belt Conference logos and a black trim that outlines the field. The Red Wolves and Sun Belt Conference logos are located on each 25-yard line. The multi-use surface provides year-round training opportunities for other A-State sports in addition to the school’s football program.
A three-story football complex was built in the stadium’s south end zone in 2002, which followed a stadium expansion in 1991 that raised the seating from 16,343 to 30,406.
Centennial Bank Stadium features a multi-level press box, which houses media areas, coaching booths, broadcasting locations, a video control booth, camera areas, suites, a club area and more.
Thanks to a $5 million gift – the largest individual donation in A-State Athletics history – by alumnus Johnny Allison, a “Centennial Expansion” construction and renovation project to the stadium’s press box and west-side concourse took place during this last offseason.
The entire project, including the press box and concourse, covered 40,000 square feet. The Centennial Expansion project included a complete overhaul to the stadium press box, expanding it from 7,120 to 36,000 square feet.
The face of the stadium has been redesigned to include 42 loge boxes, 20 suites, a club area covering close to 8,000 square feet and 344 club seats in its revenue-generating areas.
Not only has depth been added to the press box, it now spans from approximately the 15-to-15 yard lines, allowing for enhanced media, coaching, broadcasting, control booth, visiting athletics director suite, and camera areas.
The project also called for major improvements and additions to the concourse bathrooms, concessions, gating and ticketing areas that will enhance the game-day experience for all A-State fans.
Directions To Centennial Bank Stadium
From Central Arkansas - Little Rock Area: Take US 167/67 North toward Newport, Arkansas. At exit 80 (Jonesboro), take SR 14 East toward Waldenburg. In Waldenburg, turn left onto US 49 North to Jonesboro. As you enter the city, you will come to a traffic signal at Parker Road. The entrance to US 63 South is the next right. Take US 63 South and proceed to the Caraway Road/Stadium Boulevard exit. Take the Stadium Boulevard exit and turn left onto Stadium. Continue on Stadium Boulevard until you see Arkansas State University entrance on the left near the ASU football stadium and athletic facilities. Turn Left onto Alumni Blvd. The stadium will be on your right.
From the Metro Memphis Area: Take I-40 West toward Little Rock. At exit 277, take I-55 North toward St. Louis. At exit 23B, take US 63 North to Jonesboro. After you enter the city, exit at Caraway Road/Stadium Boulevard and then exit at Stadium. Turn right onto Stadium, and continue on Stadium Boulevard until you see the entrance to Arkansas State University on the left. Turn Left onto Alumni Blvd. The stadium will be on your right.
From the North - St. Louis, Missouri: Take I-55 South toward Memphis. At exit 19 (Hayti, MO) take US 412 West to Kennett, MO. In Kennett, continue on US 412 West until you have entered Arkansas. In Paragould, take US 49 South to Jonesboro. As you approach the university, you will notice ASU’s athletic facilities, football stadium and Convocation Center. Turn Right onto Alumni Blvd. The stadium will be on your right. Please note that US 49 becomes Stadium Boulevard.
From the South - Pine Bluff & Surrounding Areas: Take US 79 North to Stuttgart, Arkansas. Go through Stuttgart and continue to Clarendon. In Clarendon, turn left onto SR-320. At Allendale, bear left (north) onto SR 17. You will then turn right onto US 70. Continue until you reach US 49. Take US 49 North to Jonesboro. As you enter the city, you will come to a traffic signal at Parker Road. The entrance to US 63 South is the next right. Take US 63 South and proceed to the Caraway Road/Stadium Boulevard exit. Take the Stadium exit and turn left onto Stadium Boulevard. Continue on Stadium until you reach the Arkansas State University entrance on your left. Turn Left onto Alumni Blvd. The stadium will be on your right.