Scheumann Stadium – Ball State Cardinals
Chirp! Chirp! for Ball State
Scheumann Stadium opened in 1967 and since its debut has expanded to a 22,500-seat stadium for the Ball State Cardinals football program. The stadium has undergone a few changes during the last decade that included $13.7 million in renovations that resulted in a new lighting system, concession stands, FieldTurf, an enlarged press box, and a new video board. Another improvement was enclosing the north end zone seating area that includes open grass seating.
These changes have not changed the intimate atmosphere that a visitor would have when attending a football contest at Ball State. The Cardinals play in the Mid American Conference (MAC), and depending on the weather or opponent, the cozy and relaxed atmosphere could be the perfect recipe for a wonderful Saturday afternoon in Muncie, Indiana.
Food and Beverage 3
Walking around underneath the main grandstand, one would find the majority of the stadium’s concessions. The prices are fairly affordable and features your basic stadium cuisine of pizza ($4), hot dogs ($3), and nachos ($4). For only $6, you can purchase a combo that includes a hot dog, bag of chips, and a pop or you can enjoy a brat ($4) or a barbecue pork sandwich ($5).
Peruse the game day program and you’ll find that the university lists other concession items that include Chick-fil-A sandwiches, corn dogs, pork tenderloins, elephant ears, and walking tacos.
The atmosphere can be dictated by many factors including the weather, opponent, and the result of the game. When the stadium is packed, the place is rocking, but as the season winds down and the weather is not at its best, the atmosphere is somewhat tepid in nature. With that being said, the stadium’s design and access is open, warm, and friendly.
The stadium is broken into three seating sections, plus a grass area at the back of the north end zone. The stadium features a majority of bleacher style seating from the main concourse to the student section. All of the concessions are underneath the main concourse, along with historic photos of the program’s past and championship banners. It is a very functional stadium that offers a few aesthetics to make it stand out from other mid-sized venues of college football.
The grass lawn area at the north end zone is a focal point of the venue. It features a basic, but functional electronic scoreboard and the school’s iconic pillars. This area fills up during the early parts of the season when the skies are blue and the sun is shining. Also, during warmer weather games, kid-friendly games are featured here that are becoming increasingly popular at college football venues throughout the nation.
Charlie Cardinal is an entertaining and impressive college mascot. He is a rather active bird. During the game, he can be seen on the field with the cheerleaders, leading the band after a touchdown, and starting the the school chant, “The Chirp.” When the opposing team is on third down, the student section will move their hands up and down chanting chirp, chirp, chirp. It’s a tradition that began in 2004 and was modeled after similar traditions at Purdue and Indiana University. Traditions are an important part of college football games and this one is perfect for the Ball State Cardinals.
Scheumann Stadium is located right off the main campus and a few miles away from the village area of town. The area can become somewhat congested at times with mall shoppers, but there are a few ideal locations to seek out before or after the game. Thai Smile 2 was recommended by WLBC morning host Steve Lindell and is only a few blocks away from the stadium.
Amazing Joe’s offers giant tenderloins and steak dishes, and Savage’s Ale House is your typical brewpub that features juicy burgers, chicken wings, and a bevy of fried appetizers – try the aloha burger.
Downtown Muncie features Scotty’s Brewhouse, Heorot Pub and Draught House, and the Fickle Peach. You will find great beers, pub food, and college atmosphere during your visit.
They chant “The Chirp,” but you will likely see less tailgating, barbecuing, or tossing cornhole before the game. Inside the stadium, the student section is lively with the band performing adjacent to them during the four quarters. In this area, you can see some fans with signage, face paint, and a lot of cheers. During my most recent visit one fan was holding a sign that read “Boom Goes the Dynamite” – a catchphrase coined by former student Brian Collins on a campus newscast in 2005. On the other side at the main concourse, there are a few die hard fans who do their best to cheer on the hometown Cardinals.
Scheumann Stadium is relatively simple to arrive to from I-69. Local police guide cars into the various lots surrounding the stadium. It will cost only $5 to park, but on the day I went, I did not see anyone collecting payments. Even the furthest lots near the baseball field are close, making a trip to a Ball State football game very convenient.
Return on Investment 3
The prices for single game tickets are reasonable at $17-$27 for adults. Kids tickets are only $10 and this can make for a very affordable afternoon of college football at Ball State for families. The game day prices are comparable with other football programs in the Mid American Conference.
Scheumann Stadium receives two additional stars for the enclosed grass seating behind the north end zone and the student section chanting “The Chirp” on third downs.
A pleasant college football venue on a warm later summer or early autumn afternoon; a lively crowd, pretty campus, and relaxing atmosphere is what to be expected when viewing a Ball State Cardinal football game.
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Latest Crowd Reviews
One of the smaller FBS stadiums. Very nice design for a stadium with an intimate feel that isn&#039t often found among division one programs. Lot&#039s of die hard fans can be seen at each game although weekday games have hurt attendance as of late. Overall, a great experience with some of the better fan facilities (Concessions, restrooms, parking, etc) among Mid-Major programs.