Gowans Stadium has been the home of Blue Dragon Football since 1936.
Gowans has turned into a gem of a facility that has been the main venue for seven NJCAA bowl games, five NJCAA outdoor track and field championships, not to mention numerous Kansas State High School football championship games.
The Gowans Stadium site – located on the south side of the Hutchinson Community College main campus on 11th Avenue just east of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center – has seen its share of upgrades over the years.
In the 1980s, the Blue Dragon football office was added to the northeast corner of the stadium. That complex has now become the Jack Mull Family Football Complex.
Before the 2004 season, the Gowans Stadium started going through a two-phase, two-year renovation that revitalized the aging stadium.
The first phase saw a rough playing surface transform into a state of the art FieldTurf pitch with new drainage system. Also added was a brand new polyurethane track that replaced the old cinder track. A new scoreboard was also added to the stadium to complete Phase I,
Phase II, which took a vote by Reno County Residents, had a $5.5 million price tag. That vote was won by a wide margin.
Phase II saw the home west side be completely made over with a 3,500-seat capacity that houses new press box, locker rooms, coaching offices, rest rooms, concessions and ticket office. The east side has 2,000 more seats with smaller concession stand and restrooms.
The renovation of Gowans Stadium has helped enhance Game Day atmosphere for the Blue Dragons. Now a capacity of 5,500 and with the DragonVision video board, Gowans Stadium is a true home-field advantage for Blue Dragon Football.
Gowans Stadium Facts
+ Built in 1936
+ Renovated in two phases between 2004 and 2006.
+ Capacity: 5,500
+ Playing surface: AstroTurf
+ The current playing surface is the second for the stadium since the renovation in 2006. The current turf was installed before the 2015 season.
+ Heading into the 2016 season, Hutchinson has a record of 270-125-14 at Gowans.