Allen E. Paulson Stadium

Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA

Allen E. Paulson Stadium was dedicated on Sept. 29, 1984 with a 48-11 rout of Liberty Baptist University. The game was a fitting end to four years of planning and hard work - four years of dreaming of one of the finest I-AA facilities in America. Paulson is affectionally known as "Our House" to thousands of Georgia Southern alumni, students and fans. Venturing inside the friendly confines of Paulson Stadium is a dreaded and painful trip to teams facing the Eagles.

Constructed at a cost of $4.7 million, Paulson Stadium currently seats 18,000 spectators. The stadium was designed with two expansion phases in mind. The first will increase the capacity to approximately 35,000, while the final phase will expand seating to 50,000. Permanent light fixtures were added prior to the 1994 season.

The stadium features a Prescription Athletic Turf with special Bermuda on a clay, sand and gravel base over an elaborate drainage system. The playing field was designed to accommodate both soccer and football. Special climate-controlled VIP boxes with luxurious interiors, private restrooms and food service areas, plus a 50-seat pressbox and film deck overlook the playing surface on the south side of the stadium. The Gene Bishop Fieldhouse sits in the western open end of the natural bowl. The field level of the Bishop Fieldhouse includes team and officials dressing rooms, while the second level houses a hospitality room and club-level seating.

The stadium is named for the late Allen E. Paulson, founder and owner of Gulfstream Aerospace, who donated more than $1 million toward construction of the facility. The late State Senator Glenn Bryant of Hinesville donated over a quarter-million dollars for the property. To recognize his gift, the playing surface of the stadium is named "Glenn Bryant Field". The late M.C. Anderson of Savannah performed in excess of $1 million of earthwork preparing the site for construction. To recognize his gift, the University named the intramural sports playing fields the "M.C. Anderson Sports Complex".

The first touchdown scored in "Our House" was a 36-yard run around the right side by quarterback Tracy Ham against Liberty Baptist University on September 29, 1984. The first game in Paulson was originally scheduled for September 1, 1984, against the Florida A& M Rattlers, but construction delayed by wet weather forced this game to be played in Savannah.

Paulson Stadium hosted the 1989, 1990 and 1991 NCAA Division I National Football Championship Games.     25,725 fans, the largest crowd in Paulson Stadium history, saw Georgia Southern defeat Stephen F. Austin University in the 1989 NCAA Championship Game. Temporary bleachers were brought in and installed in the east endzone and on the northern concourse to handle the standing-room-only crowd.