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Name L.T. Smith Stadium (WKU)
Details Other Names - New Football Stadium & Classroom Structure; Academic Athletic Building No. 2; Houchens Industries / L.T. Smith Stadium
Date Built - completed July 1968
Dedication - Oct. 26, 1968
Cost of Construction - $2.7 million
Gross Square Feet - 112,339 (1973)
Architects - Ryan Associated Architects, Louisville

Namesakes: "L.T. Smith was Western's 4th football coach and the school's second basketball coach. Born in 1897, Smith came to Western in 1920 to teach in the industrial arts department. In 1957, Smith received the highest honorary award that can be given in the field of industrial arts and vocational education when he became the 4th man in the United States to receive the Laureate Honor from Epsilon Pi Tau, international honorary professional fraternity in industrial arts. A native of Sanborn, Iowa, Smith was graduated from Bradley Polytechnic Institute, Peoria, Illinois, now Bradley University, with the B.S. degree, majoring in industrial arts. He received the M.A. degree in industrial arts from George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, Tennessee, in 1931. He served as chairman of Western's faculty athletic committee which recommends and supervises college athletic policy." ["Amidst the Shouting -- New L.T. Smith Stadium Emerges as Future Home for WKU Football," Oct. 14, 1967.] Smith died in 1976 at the age of 79.

Originally founded as a grocery store in 1917 by Ervin Houchens, Houchens Industries has grown to multi-national organization owned and operated by its employees. The corporation has diversified into restaurants, insurance, financial services, construction, recycling and manufacturing. In July 2007 Houchen Industries donated $5 million to WKU for which their name was added to Smith Stadium. [http://www.houchensindustries.com/]

History: The stadium was dedicated on October 26, 1968. The stadium had a seating capacity of 19,250. It was equipped with 26 faculty offices, 11 physical education classrooms, lockers and shower rooms. A press box also accommodated 80 writers and broadcasters. A track encircles the playing field. Towards the south was a lighted field for varsity football practice, lighted tennis courts, and a new baseball field. In December of 1969, the stadium was cited for excellence in architectural design by the Kentucky Society of Architects of the American Institute of Architects. ["WKU Stadium Cited by Architects, Dec. 7, 1969"]

Feix Field:

Namesake - Jimmy Feix came to Western as a freshman in 1949. He was a football player, an assistant football coach, a head football coach, and assistant alumni director, a director of alumni affairs, and a director of athletics. Feix was the first Hilltopper to ever win the football All-American honors. As head coach, his 16 teams won 106 games with 6 conference championships and 2 NCAA national runner-up trophies. ["Feix Field Dedication Set for October 26," Oct. 18, 1991]

History - The football field was dedicated on Oct. 26, 1991:

Bowling Green, Ky. – Western Kentucky University will formally dedicate its football field at L.T. Smith Stadium in honor of Jimmy Feix Saturday, Oct. 26.

The “Feix Field” ceremonies will occur at halftime of the Hilltoppers’ home game with nationally ranked Northern Iowa, which is set to kickoff at 7:00 p.m. (CDT).

The University’s Board of Regents named the field for Feix at its July 29 meeting.

Feix has been a part of the athletic scene at Western Kentucky almost continuously since he came to the Hill as a freshman from Henderson, Ky., in 1949.

Since that time he has served Western as a student-athlete (1949-52), an assistant football coach (1957-1967), head football coach (1968-83), assistant alumni director (1983-85), director of alumni affairs (1985-86) and director of athletics (1986-91). He retired as athletics director June 30.

The first Hilltopper ever to earn football All-American honors (quarterback, 1952), Feix is also the winningest gridiron coach ever on the Hill. The 16 Topper teams he guided as head coach won 106 games (almost double the second best total on that coaches’ list). His teams claimed six conference championships and two NCAA national runner-up trophies. And, he coached WKU 16 All-Americans who helped his team post an overall record of 106-56-6, a very impressive 64.9 winning percentage.

[WKU Press Release “Feix Field” Dedication Set for October 26]

Additions - 1997 - $160,000 scoreboard installed

2001 - new synthetic turf laid $1 million

College Heights Herald -
1967 January 12, p. 3; October 14, p. 15
1968 July 22, p. 7; September 19, p. 9; October 26, p. 5; December 12, p. 12
1974 August 27, p. 8A
1981 December 3, p. 11
1984 September 11, p. 5
1991 October 29, p. 18

Hopkins, Shawntaye. "Complex Gets Closer," Mar. 18, 2004.

Park City Daily News:

2002 August 28

"2 Firms Submit Apparent Low Stadium Bids," Dec. 11, 1966

"2.74 Million Bid Low on WKU Stadium," Dec. 16, 1966

"$3 Million Bid on WKU Stadium Studied," Sep. 30, 1966

"Athletic Complex," photo, June 18, 1967

"Bids on New WKU Stadium to be Opened Today," Dec. 9, 1966

Borrone, Bert. "Delay in Moving Stadium Lights Costly: Thompson," April 16, 1958

"Contract Awarded, Evacuation Started on WKU Stadium," Dec. 22, 1966

Editorial. "Gift Strengthens Western Athletics, Recruiting Arsenal," Jan. 17, 2003.

"Ennis Awarded Contract for Work on WKU Grid Field," July 24, 1967

"Excavation is Underway," photo, Jan. 22, 1967

"Feix Field," Aug. 28, 2002

"New Bids on WKU Stadium to be Opened Next Month," Nov. 28, 1966

"New Stadium Seating 15,000 High on List," Nov. 29, 1964

"New Western Complex," Jan. 6, 1967

"Permit Issued for Western Stadium," Jan. 8, 1967

"Pickets Walked: Work Halted on 3 WKU Projects," June 16, 1967

Sisco, Scott. "Western Gets $750,000 Gift, April 22, 2003.

"WKU Planning New Athletics Facility," Jan. 16, 2003.

"Union Employees Return to WKU Construction Jobs," May 4, 1967

"Urban Renewal Offer for Shopping Center Studied," Dec. 7, 1966

"Western Plans Early Decision on Stadium Bid," Dec. 18, 1966

"Western Stadium Bids to be Opened Tomorrow," Dec. 15, 1966

"WKU Gets Grant for Building," Apr. 2, 1967

"WKU Rejects Stadium Bid; Plans Change," Oct. 4, 1966

"WKU Stadium Cited by Architects," Dec. 7, 1969

"Work Resumes on Western Projects," June 20, 1967

Louisville Courier-Journal:

"Bids Due Soon on Stadium at Western," Aug. 11, 1966

Duncan, Tom. "Western to Expand in 33-Acre Tract," Feb. 16, 1964

Ebner, Lee. "New Stadium 'Growing' on Western Horizon," photo, Aug. 31, 1967

Lawson, Simpson. "Kentucky College-Building Boom Keeps Growing," Aug. 21, 1966.

Pardue, Anne. "One Bid Made on Western Stadium, Academic Unit," Sep. 30, 1966

"Western's New Football Stadium," photo, April 10, 1966

"Western U. Gets Bid on Stadium," Dec. 17, 1966

Franklin Favorite:

"Stadium Complex Gives WKU Space for Sports," July 18, 1968

Documents & Primary Sources

Ransdell, Gary. Challenging the Spirit Strategic Plan for 2007/08-2011/12

UA1B3/3 Athletic Committee - inventory

UA2 Board of Regents Meetings -

2001 - June 29 and Sep. 7
1998 - May 15
1997 - Jan. 1
1995 - Oct. 27 - Finance Committee
1994 - Feb. 25

UA3/3/4 Kelly Thompson - Construction File - inventory

UA11 University Relations - Building & Construction File

UA12/3 Student Government Association

Letter - Student Seating at Athletic Events

Resolution 97-1-F - Student Seating at Athletic Events

UA19/17 Athletic Media Relations

1985 Hilltopper Football Media Guide

1984 Hilltopper Football Media Guide

1983 Hilltopper Football Media Guide

Posters - inventory

UA30/1/2 Planning, Design & Construction - Building File - inventory

UA36I/5/4 E.A. Didlde Interview - index

UA77/1 Alumni Relations Publications

Houchens Industries Gives $5 Million for Western Stadium Project, WKU Spirit Fall 2007, p. 5
Archives Entries 27
Library Entries 0
Object Entries 1
Photograph Entries 115

Associated Records

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings Subseries 74. L.T. Smith Stadium - WKU Archives

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings Subseries 74. L.T. Smith Stadium - WKU Archives

Images of L.T. Smith Stadium, originally named Academic Athletic Building Number 2.

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Series 2. Building File - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

UA30.1 Planning, Design & Construction Series 2. Building File - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

Records created during the construction and renovation of buildings at WKU.

Image of UA3 President's Office Series 3. Kelly Thompson Subseries 4. Construction File - WKU President's Office - Thompson

UA3 President's Office Series 3. Kelly Thompson Subseries 4. Construction File - WKU President's Office - Thompson

Construction file regarding construction of new buildings, renovation of existing buildings and bond issues during Kelly Thompson's tenure as WKU President.

Image of UA1B University Wide Committees/Events 1. Events 7. Ceremonies, Dedications, Groundbreakings - Western Kentucky University

UA1B University Wide Committees/Events 1. Events 7. Ceremonies, Dedications, Groundbreakings - Western Kentucky University

Records regarding special ceremonies, dedications, groundbreakings not already housed in a particular office.

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Series 3. Capital Construction Disbursements & Receipts File - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

UA30.1 Planning, Design & Construction Series 3. Capital Construction Disbursements & Receipts File - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

This series documents the disbursement of funds for capital construction projects at WKU. As defined by KRS 7A.010 (1), capital project means (a) any undertaking which is to be financed or funded through an appropriation by the General Assembly of general fund, road fund, bond fund, trust and agency fund, or federal funds; (b) any undertaking which is to be financed by a capital expenditure for use by state government or one of its departments or agencies; (c) any capital construction item, or combination of items necessary to make a building or utility installation complete, estimated to cost $600,000 or more, or any item of movable equipment estimated to cost $200,000 or more, regardless o

Image of College Heights Herald  - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 72, No. 8 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/2977">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/2977</a>. WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Just a Second Campus Line For the Record / Crime Reports People Poll Sports Diversions Movie Reviews Classifieds Articles in this issue: Stamper, John. Gunman Terrorizes Students Hutchins, Chris. Gordon Parks Wright, Jennifer. Recycling to Start Soon Lucas, Fred. Luther Hughes to Aid Recruiting Efforts Moving Office is Unwise Decision - Admissions Dean, Stacie. Interracial Couples are Beau

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings - WKU Archives

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings - WKU Archives

Photographs, negatives, postcards, drawings, slides and digital images of Western Kentucky University buildings. Includes buildings of founding institutions. Subseries 1. Academic Athletic Performance Center / Diddle Arena Subseries 2. Academic Complex Subseries 3. Agricultural Exposition Center Subseries 4. Proposed Buildings Subseries 5. Barnes-Campbell Subseries 6. Barracks Subseries 7. Bates-Runner Subseries 8. Bemis Lawrence Subseries 9. Cabell Hall Subseries 10. Cedar House aka Faculty House Subseries 11. West Hall Subseries 12. Unidentified Subseries 13. Cherry Hall, 1937+ Subseries 14. Glasgow Normal School Subseries

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 11. Collections. Subseries 70. Talisman Collection - Talisman

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 11. Collections. Subseries 70. Talisman Collection - Talisman

Transparencies created by Talisman photographers for publication in the yearbook.

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 81, No. 1 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3594">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3594</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Articles in this issue: Caudle, Leah. Rushing Sisterhood Casagrande, Michael. Smith Stadium to Undergo Renovation Coulter, Amber. Parking Changes Include Zoning, Higher Fines Hupman, Samantha. Tuition Hikes Permit New Hires Campus Enhancements, Gas Prices Should be Incentive to Stay Here on the Weekends Ross, Lisa. Some Words from the Opinion Editor - College Heights Herald Fontana, Alex. Hurricane Katrina is Reality Check

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 81, No. 17 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3634">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3634</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Articles in this issue: Coulter, Amber. Schneider Renovation Planned McNamara, Andrew. Girls Gone Wild Party Bus Comes to the Hill Venzin, Megan. Children's Theater Shows Kids It's OK to Be Scared - Can't Scare Me Coulter, Amber. Two Sororities May Join Greek Village - Alpha Delta Pi, Phi Mu Losing Homes in the Name of Expansion is Unfortunate, But It's for the Love of Western Dillon, Ryan. In Response to the Liberal View: It

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 81, No. 44 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3690">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3690</a> issue is misnumbered. WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Articles in this issue: Coulter, Amber. Western to Get $15 Million Gift - Jerry Baker Keene, Stephanie. Speakers to Debate Pot Legalization McNamara, Andrew. Parking Issues Incite Crowd Harrell, Bobby. KEES May Not Complete Goals - Kentucky Education Excellence Scholarships Coulter, Amber. Ernie Fletcher to Veto Budget Items Brandenburg, Katie. University Senate May Vote on Several Bills Student Governm

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 81, No. 46 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3702">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3702</a> issue is misnumbered. WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Articles in this issue: Paul, Corey. Cherry Hall Reopens for Classes Coulter, Amber. Senate Wants Ban Lifted - Gene Harryman Coulter, Amber. Veto Postpones FAC Renovation - Ivan Wilson Hall Morgan, Nathan. Students Use Silence to Spread Message - Gay Pride Week Coulter, Amber. Alcohol to Be Served in Smith Stadium Soon Brandenburg, Katie. Student Government Association Wants Accuracy for Clocks on the Hi

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Press Conference Film - Athletic Media Relations (WKU)

Houchens Industries, L.T. Smith Stadium naming ceremony includes: Gene Birk Spencer Coats Jimmie Gipson Courtney Lassiter Gary Ransdell Wood Selig L.T. Smith

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 83, No. 2 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4475">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4475</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Big Red Dollars Burch, Barbara Catron, Steve Community assistants Giannini, Katrina Le, Thai Hong McGruder, Charles Pearson, Ashley Pearson, Bennie Perry, Tyra Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Resident assistants Woods, Ingrid

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 45, No. 22 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4687">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4687</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Tops in the Social Whirl Religious News Hilltopics Alumni News Coming Events Calendar Faculty Facts Al Stilley on Sports Intramural Corner This issue contains articles: Charter Passes Easily; Elections Start May 12 - Student Government Association Fantasticks Set at Alley Over 3,500 High School Students Expected on Campus Tomorrow Western Coeds May Enter SoKy Fair Beauty Meet Hera

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 46, No. 2 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4700">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4700</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Coming Events Calendar West on Western Sports The Marquee - Movie Reviews Faculty Facts Intramural Corner Religious News Hilltopics Social Whirl Alumni News This issue contains articles: Jesse Stuart to Lecture in Van Meter Tonight Third District Education Association Sessions Begin Tonight Newsome, Bob. Proposed Building to House Hospital, Broadcasting Studios - Academic Complex T

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 46, No. 10 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4694">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4694</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Coming Events Calendar West on Western Sports The Marquee - Entertainment Faculty Facts Intramural Corner Religious News Hilltopics Social Whirl Alumni News This issue contains articles: University's National Science Foundation Grants Now Exceed $1 Million Deadline Set for Entering Ogden, American Association of University Women Oratorical Contests Fulkerson, Brenda. Western Players

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Western Kentucky University - Maupin, John

Campus master plan showing existing and proposed buildings published in the College Heights Herald. Larger version available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4702">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4702</a>.