Larry Kelly Field at Municipal Stadium – Bethune-Cookman Wildcats

by | Nov 21, 2018 | Chris Green, NCAA Football | 0 comments

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Football by the Beach

One may not think of Bethune-Cookman University as being a stalwart of college football excitement, but that premature assessment is instantly reversed once you attend one of their games. Larry Kelly Field at Municipal Stadium, home of the Wildcats, is oozing with that quintessential college football feeling – massive tailgating pre-game, an exciting band performance before the game that rivals some of the best in Division I, and an atmosphere that is palpable throughout the entire grandstand.

Food & Beverage   3

The food vendors at Municipal Stadium may be limited to burgers, hot dogs, and fries, but the prices are low. Cheeseburgers are the most expensive item at $5, while a Nathan’s hot dog runs $3 (or $4 with chili and cheese added on). Funnel fries or regular fries are available for $3, a cup of chili costs $2.50, and candy or popcorn costs $2. Snacks like a bag of chips cost just $1, while water or soda/sports drinks cost $2 and $3 respectively.

Atmosphere   4

Municipal Stadium itself may look old and generically outdated on the outside, but do not let that fool you. The parking lot is packed for hours before the game with tailgating parties of students, alumni, and fans in general, alive and kicking all throughout the pre-game. The band performs a pre-game show, hundreds of members strong and full of the spectacle and pageantry one comes to expect from college football’s greatest bands. The fans erupt with every scoring play, and the excitement never seems to stop.

The field is a brand-new turf field, and therefore the logos and colors on the playing surface don’t lose their brightness, which means the field will look immaculate all season long.

Neighborhood   2

Municipal Stadium itself is not located on the Bethune-Cookman campus, but rather nearly 10 miles away from the college’s center. Being located off the beaten path away from the populace in Daytona means Municipal Stadium is not located near the restaurants and shopping which are across the street from Daytona International Speedway – this also means you will have to drive a bit to get to the nearest hotels (WoodSpring Suites and Best Western). And while the stadium itself is in Daytona Beach, the beach itself is even further away.

For those looking to see the sights, Daytona International Speedway offers tours and a museum for race fans, while historic Daytona Beach is also a popular spot. For food, Olive Garden, Cheddar’s, Hooters, Chipotle, and more are located a few miles down the road from Municipal Stadium.

Fans   4

The fans at Bethune-Cookman football games are loyal to their team, and pack Municipal Stadium every time the Wildcats play. They know all the star players, follow their favorite athletes as they move on to the pros, and are among the loudest fans in Florida.

Even though the stadium is quite open and not inherently conducive to being loud, the fans make Municipal Stadium a deafening place whenever the home team scores a touchdown. That said, typically hot and unpredictable weather in Florida can easily turn a full stadium into a ghost town, much like a recent game in light rain on a Thursday night.

Access   2

The hardest part about getting to Municipal Stadium for Bethune-Cookman football is the traffic. The stadium is located off both I-4 and I-95, meaning you can take a major highway from nearly every direction to get to the general Daytona Beach area. However, once you get off the highway onto International Speedway Blvd you must turn onto LPGA Blvd – whether you come from the highways to the south or the neighborhoods to the north, LPGA is the ONLY road that takes you to Municipal Stadium.

This road unfortunately becomes heavily clogged quite quickly, as it is one lane each way, meaning you are likely to sit in traffic for up to an hour as the roadways back up with fans flocking to the game – definitely plan for a long wait to get to the stadium if you don’t want to miss kickoff.

Return on Investment   4

Ticket prices for BCU football are not as high as some of the area’s other sports teams, like the University of Florida or the Jacksonville Jaguars. That said, for the atmosphere you get to experience at the field, and for the game day feel, visiting Municipal Stadium is a no-brainer for football fans or families looking to watch some exciting football, but who don’t want to pay the price of some of Florida’s bigger sports teams.

Extras   2

Municipal Stadium features a team store in the main concourse that offer some of BCU’s team merchandise for sale. The Wildcats mascot also attends every game, and interacts with fans throughout.

Final Thoughts

For someone looking to experience a great college football atmosphere, a visit to Municipal Stadium for Bethune-Cookman football is definitely a stop that should be on your list. The fans here are among some of the best in the state, and are under-rated in terms of being among the loudest and most loyal; a visit to Municipal Stadium is likely to leave any sports fan happy in the end.

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Food and Drink Recommendations

Hooters

2100 W International Speedway Blvd

Daytona Beach, FL 32114

(386) 238-0650

https://order.hooters.com/menu/daytona


Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

1770 W International Speedway Blvd

Daytona Beach, FL 32114

(386) 226-2646

https://cheddars.com/store-menu/?store_id=1001/


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Entertainment Recommendations

Historic Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach, FL 32114

(386) 255-0415

https://www.daytonabeach.com/things-to-do/arts-culture/historical-sites/


Daytona International Speedway

1801 W International Speedway Blvd

Daytona Beach, FL 32114

(800) PIT-SHOP

http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/


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Lodging Recommendations

 

WoodSpring Suites Daytona Speedway

2910 W International Speedway Blvd

Daytona Beach, FL 32124

(386) 333-6512

https://www.woodspring.com/extended-stay-hotels/locations/florida/deltona-daytona-beach


 

Best Western International Speedway Hotel

2620 W International Speedway Blvd

Daytona Beach, FL 32114

(386) 258-6333

https://www.bestwestern.com/


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Stadium Info

Larry Kelly Field at Municipal Stadium
3917 LPGA Blvd
Daytona Beach, FL 32124

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats website

Larry Kelly Field at Municipal Stadium website

Year Opened: 1988

Capacity: 10,000

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