BOONE, N.C. — With families putting down blankets and packing Miller Hill, which also doubles as the home for Appalachian State’s new state-of-the-art video board, the sights and sounds inside Kidd Brewer Stadium make for one of the most electric college football atmospheres in the country.
Crowds in excess of 30,000 are heading to the High Country to watch App State’s first-place team compete on a home field surrounded by visible stadium enhancements that have made the gameday experience in Boone even better.
The Mountaineers have played four times at Kidd Brewer Stadium this season, and the attendance has topped 30,000 on two occasions, including when Wake Forest’s first-ever trip to Boone drew a stadium-record 35,126 fans. Coastal Carolina’s visit for Family Weekend drew a crowd of 30,179.
“One of our goals as an administration is to give the passionate and loyal Appalachian fan base a first-rate gameday experience,” Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said. “With record-breaking crowds and generous support through our Mountaineer Impact initiative, we will continue to raise the bar.”
With the Coastal Carolina crowd on Oct. 21 ranking as the seventh-biggest attendance figure in Kidd Brewer Stadium history, the last 10 home games have attracted three of the seven biggest crowds.
A passionate student crowd makes The Rock a loud and difficult environment for visiting teams. There were 11,446 App State students in attendance for the Wake Forest game, for example. The total student enrollment is 18,811, counting undergraduate, graduate and distance education populations.
“We have had some awesome crowds,” head coach Scott Satterfield said. “It’s a great home-field advantage for us. They really get into the games.”
The video board display is three times the size of the previous board with 2,500 square feet to feature 13HD technology from Daktronics. It measures 50 feet high by 90 feet wide for the overall scoreboard, with the new LED display measuring more than 37 feet high by 67 feet wide.
Among the other enhancements to Kidd Brewer Stadium, there are new ribbon displays, a custom audio system, new ATMs and new suite-level chair backs.
The combination of on-field success and gameday environment has allowed the Mountaineers to play in front of large, lively crowds each time they’ve taken the field at Kidd Brewer Stadium.