The Joan C. Edwards Stadium is a football stadium located on the campus of Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. It can hold 38,019 spectators and includes twenty deluxe, indoor suites, 300 wheelchair-accessible seating, a state-of-the-art press-box, fourteen concession areas, and sixteen separate restrooms . It also features 90,000 sq ft (8,000 m square). of artificial turf and 1,837 tons of structural steel. It also houses the Shewey Athletic Center, a fieldhouse and a training facility.
The new stadium replaced Fairfield Stadium, a condemned off-campus facility built in 1927 in the Fairfield Park neighborhood. Marshall has a 118-19 overall record at Joan C. Edwards stadium for a winning percentage of .866. That is the highest home winning percentage in NCAA Division 1 FBS. The University of Alabama ranks second with an .825 winning percentage at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The stadium is one of only two in NCAA Division I named exclusively for a woman. The other is Williams-Brice Stadium at South Carolina. (Several other stadiums are named after husband-and-wife pairs.) In 2005, the stadium underwent a change in the playing surface as the AstroTurf surface, in place since 1998, was removed, and a new FieldTurf surface was installed.
The stadium hosted the MAC championship game in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002. The NCAA Division I-AA national championship game was held at then-Marshall University Stadium several times in the 1990s, including in 1992 and 1996 -- the years when the Thundering Herd won the national championship. In 2000, a bronze memorial to the 1970 plane crash that killed most of the football team was placed on the front of the stadium to the left of the main tower, and the road the stadium is on was renamed "Marshall Memorial Boulevard." In 2010, Kentucky Christian University will play three of its home football games at the stadium.