Scott Field's Beginnings (1914-1935)


We’ve gone back and looked at the top 10 moments of the Davis Wade era (2001-2013) and the Scott Field upper deck era (1986-2000). Then we took a look at the top 10 games of the era with concrete stands on either side (1948-1985) and then a post on the “golden years” from 1936-1947. If you missed any of them you can visit our football page.

This will be the last post in this series as we look at the early years of Scott Field from 1914-1935.

Mississippi A&M moved from the Hardy Athletic Field to the “New Athletic Field” in 1914. It was just a grassy area on campus to play football and run track. It wasn’t until 1920 that it was named “Scott Field” after Olympic sprinter Don Magruder Scott – who was also a football player for the Aggies (as we were known back then).

The first season was a successful one, 6-2 under E.C. Hayes, including a 4-0 mark on the New Athletic Field.

The program had mixed results for a while, joining the Southern Conference in 1921, then installing 3,000 permanent stands in 1928. The stands held 6,000 including removable seats by time A&M changed their name to ‘Mississippi State College’, and the nickname to ‘Maroons’ in 1932. Then in 1933 we joined up with the newly formed SEC. Only Sewanee from the SEC would come to Starkville to play in those first few years – and we beat them soundly, of course their tenure in the SEC was short-lived.

All of this was building to the great years that would follow. Concrete stands and metal bleachers would be installed for the 1936 season to take the capacity from 3,000 permanent seats to 20,000. The rest is history.

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