FIVE STAR STADIUM
Since opening in 2013, Five Star Stadium has served as the home of Mercer University's football and lacrosse programs. The current seating capacity at Five Star Stadium is 10,200.
More than 318,000 fans have witnessed the Bears play 31 home football games at Five Star Stadium over the past five seasons. With an average of 10,261 fans at each home game, Mercer has ranked inside the top 25 of NCAA Division I FCS programs for attendance. The Bears own an impressive 22-9 (.709) all-time record at Five Star Stadium and a 97-54-3 (.639) mark in all games played in Macon dating back to 1892.
Mercer's return to the gridiron on Aug. 31, 2013 vs. Reinhardt University marked the first game played at Five Star Stadium. The Bears rallied in the fourth quarter and 12,172 fans witnessed a game-winning field goal by Josh Shutter with three seconds remaining to give Mercer a 40-37 comeback victory.
Five Star Stadium also served as the host site for the inaugural Southern Conference Women's Lacrosse Championships in 2018, which Mercer won to punch a ticket to its first-ever NCAA Tournament.
Roughly two years after Mercer University's Board of Trustees voted to reinstate football, the school broke ground & unveiled plans for the Tony & Nancy Moye Football & Lacrosse Complex during a Homecoming weekend ceremony on Nov. 11, 2012. Held adjacent to the construction site, the ceremony was attended by several hundred faculty, staff, students, trustees & Middle Georgia community members.
Included in the complex are the Homer & Ruth Drake Field House, the William H. Anderson II Family Field, the Marshall & the Jane Butler Family Plaza. The Drake Field House is home to football & lacrosse coaches' offices, team meeting rooms, a player lounge, game day suites, a weight room, a training room & the Mercer School of Medicine's sports medicine clinic, which provides physical therapy services to student-athletes & the general public.
The stadium complex was designed by McMillan-Pazdan-Smith Architecture of Spartanburg, S.C., and the general contractor is Chris R. Sheridan & Co. of Macon.
Five Star Stadium Facts
Broke ground: Nov. 12, 2011
Opened: Aug. 31, 2013
Construction cost: $14 million
First football game: Aug. 31, 2013 (W, 40-37 vs. Reinhardt)
Football Record at Five Star Stadium: 22-9 (.709)