Burgess–Snow Field at JSU Stadium – Jacksonville State Gamecocks

by | Oct 22, 2018 | Lloyd Brown, NCAA Football | 0 comments

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Welcome to the Cock Pit               

Jacksonville State University is a member of the Alabama University System and has a student body of more than 8,600 students.     

The Gamecocks football program has been a small college powerhouse for a number of years. Since 2003, they have played as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). They have appeared in four NCAA Division II National Championship Games, winning it all in 1992. In addition, they have appeared in the FCS Playoffs eight times with a second place finish in 2015. Over the years, the Gamecocks have won 22 conference championships, including four Ohio Valley Conference titles in a row between 2014 – 2017.    

Food & Beverage 3

There are five permanent concession stands in Snow-Burgess Stadium, plus a food truck from the WOW Café. The permanent stands are staffed by local charitable organizations and carry such stadium standards as Chick-fil-A sandwiches ($4.50), hot dogs ($4), nachos ($4), pretzels ($4), peanuts ($3.50), popcorn ($3), chips ($2) and candy ($2). Beverages include Coca-Cola brand sodas ($4), bottled tea ($3.50) and bottled water ($3.50).

The WOW Café truck sells hamburgers ($6), a 5-piece set of chicken tenders ($11), a 10-piece set of chicken wings ($13) and cheese fries ($5). Their beverage options cost the same as the permanent stands.

Unfortunately, four out of the five concession areas are located underneath the seating bowl, so you are unable to follow the action, except through the radio broadcast, which is piped into the concourse.

Atmosphere 4

Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium creates a great atmosphere for Gamecock home games. It is located at the southern end of the JSU campus and offers plenty of space for tailgaters to set up their pregame spreads. There is a contest before each game to determine which group has created the best décor for their tent.

The stadium was built in 1947 and has gone through numerous renovations to keep up with the demand for tickets. It presently has a capacity of 24,000, with 33 luxury suites and 1,026 club level seats. The stadium has also invested in several amenities to improve the fan experience, including a new 12’ X 80’ HD video board atop the east end zone. There is a second scoreboard in the west end zone on the Gamecock Field House, making the Gamecocks the only stadium in the OVC with scoreboards at both ends of the field.

Season ticket holders have designated seating areas between the 40’s that provide individual chair back seating. All other seats are considered General Admission and consist of aluminum bench seating. It is a good idea to bring along a seat cushion if you are seated in the General Admission seats.  

Neighborhood 4

Burgess-Snow Stadium is located at the southern end of the Jacksonville State University campus. It is located within an easy walking distance of the Jacksonville town square which is full of shops, restaurants and entertainment options for fans from both sides before or after the game. Two popular dining options are the WOW Café and the Effina’s Tuscan Grill. The closest hotels to the stadium are the Hampton Inn Jacksonville and the University Inn. There are a wide variety of lodging options located just off I-20 at the Oxford exit as well. The Anniston Museum of Natural History is just south of Jacksonville and is well worth a visit.

Fans 5

Gamecock fans are known for their loyalty to the program through thick and thin. They have ranked in the top ten schools in attendance at the FCS level for the last decade. They can be a very intimidating factor, as they form a sea of red at Gamecock home games, and the team has a .805 home winning percentage in OVC games at Burgess-Snow Field. The fans work very closely with the Marching Southerners, the Gamecocks cheer squad and Cocky, the team mascot to create as much noise as possible to confuse the opposition. This is especially true in the student section, which is known as the Cock Pit. Every Gamecock first down or defensive stop of the opposition is greeted with a rooster crowing and the crowd cheering “Fear the Beak!”

The Gamecock Nation is also known to travel well, turning out in force for games far from home during the FCS playoffs.

Access 4

The Jacksonville State University campus and Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium are easily reached via I-20 in East Central Alabama. From I-20, take exit 185 (Anniston/Oxford). Take Highway 21 North for 14 miles towards the town of Jacksonville. Once in Jacksonville, go around the town square until the third traffic light and turn left onto Mountain Avenue. The stadium will be on your left in less than a mile.

Once at the campus you should have no problem finding a free parking place on campus. Entry into the stadium is very smooth as there are entry points at both ends of the field as well as both sides of the field. Concourses are wide, and the traffic flow is excellent.

Return on Investment 5

Football games at Jacksonville State provide an excellent return on investment. Both the football team and the Marching Southerners Band have better than average programs that are guaranteed to entertain you.  

Tickets to Gamecocks games are a bargain at $10 if purchased online before the day of the game and $15 if purchased the day of the game. The concessions at the stadium are very reasonably priced. Parking is free and on campus, except for lots that are designated for tailgating or season ticket holders. Local hotels charge in the vicinity of $100/night for game day weekend stays.

Extras 3

On March 19, 2018, an EF-3 tornado directly struck the Jacksonville State University campus, destroying many buildings and homes located near the campus. The football team and the entire athletic department organized and spent countless hours working to clean away debris and assist the members of the community in any way they could.

The Marching Southerners Band is one of the top college marching bands in the Southeast. They have appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, a Presidential Inaugural Parade and the New Year’s Parade in London, England. Nobody leaves their seats at halftime, as they know they are in for a real treat when the Southerners perform. It is not unusual for fans from both teams to give a standing ovation for the band at the end of their performances.

Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium has one very interesting architectural feature on its exterior. A seven-story building was built into the outside portion of the south stands. The first four floors consist of student housing, while floors 5-7 are used for the sky boxes, suites and press box for the stadium. Originally known as the Stadium Tower, the building is now known as Meehan Hall.

Final Thoughts

In the wake of a devastating tornado in the spring of 2018 that destroyed much of the JSU campus, Gamecocks football has brought a sense of normalcy back to the area and a needed distraction from the lengthy restoration efforts now underway on the campus and in the surrounding areas. Perhaps there was a reason why Snow-Burgess Stadium suffered little or no damage from the storm.

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Food and Drink Recommendations

Effina’s Tuscan Grill

501 Pelham Road N

Jacksonville, AL 36265

(256) 782-0008

http://www.effinas.com/


Struts Wings

500 Forney Ave NW

Jacksonville, AL 36265

(256) 782-0106

http://www.strutswings.com/


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Entertainment Recommendations

Berman Museum of World History

840 Museum Dr

Anniston, AL 36206

(256) 237-6261

http://www.bermanmuseum.org/


International Motorsports Hall of Fame

3198 Speedway Blvd

Talladega, AL 35160

(256) 362-5002

http://www.motorsportshalloffame.com/


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Lodging Recommendations

 

Hampton Inn Jacksonville

1041 JD&L Dr

Jacksonville, AL 36256

(256) 782-0330

http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/alabama/hampton-inn-jacksonville-anniston-area


University Inn

1530 Pelham Rd S

Jacksonville, AL 36265

(256) 435-3300

https://www.universityinnjacksonville.com/


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Stadium Info

Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium
700 Pelham Rd N
Jacksonville, AL 36265

Jacksonville State Gamecocks website

Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium website

Year Opened: 1946

Capacity: 24,000

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