The Adrian College Bulldogs have the "crown jewel" of Division III football stadiums. Docking Stadium is entering its sixth year of existence on the campus of Adrian College and is a premier facility. The $6.5 million dollar masterpiece was completed in time for the beginning of the 2006 season. The stadium was named for current president Dr. Jeffrey R. Docking on October 12, 2013.
The football team has enjoyed a .700 winning percentage since the stadium opened.
Not only does the football team enjoy this facility, but Adrian College's soccer and lacrosse teams also play their home games at Docking Stadium.
The stadium seats approximately 3,000 fans with 2,500 chairback seats on the home side and an additional 500 bleacher seats on the visitor side. Features include state-of-the-art FieldTurf, stadium lighting, a fully-wired press box, and an end-zone section for student seating. In addition, there is the James F. Thomas Pavilion which is used for a variety of events including alumni gatherings on football game-days.
The funds for the project were raised through the Adrian College Development Office. Architectural services were provided by Hastings & Chivetta, an industry leader in higher education facilities. The firm designed the Merillat Sport & Fitness Center on campus. Construction management was provided by the Douglas Company.
In the 1950s, the campus had a football stadium. It was located next to Caine Student Center (then called Ridge Gymnasium). It was later razed to make way for new academic buildings. The College entered a cooperative arrangement in the 1960s to use the new high school stadium, which the College helped build.
The Adrian College Athletics Department reminds visitors that pets, including approved support animals, are not allowed inside any of its facilities at any time. This is an established policy that serves for the safety of all guests. The only exception is for service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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