Youngstown State's football home is a place that has been defended well through its first 29 seasons.The tallest building in the city, the stadium rises high above the Mahoning Valley and offers tremendous views in all directions. Perhaps that is why Arnold D. Stambaugh Stadium has garnered the nickname the "Ice Castle."
Over the years, the Ice Castle has been a protected place. Almost four out of five times a visiting program has left Stambaugh Stadium on the losing end of the score.Only four times in 29 seasons have the Penguins failed to finish above .500. In the playoffs, YSU is 14-1 having won 14 straight since losing their first-ever home playoff tilt in November 1990.Since 1996, the Guins have posted a stellar mark of 69-24. Since 1989, YSU is an impressive 114-27-1, including undefeated seasons in 1993, 1994 and 2005.
In the past four years, YSU is 28-10 at Stambaugh Stadium. In 2007, Youngstown State was 6-1 with the lone loss coming by just five points.In 2006, the Guins were 7-1 posting playoff wins over James Madison and Illinois State. The contest against JMU was televised nationally on ESPN2. The 2005 campaign was impressive as YSU won all six home games, including two by three points or less. All-time, the Penguins have won 75.6 percent of their games at Stambaugh posting an impressive 134-44-1 record in 26 seasons.
One of the finest FCS football facilities in the country with a seating capacity of 20,630, Stambaugh has been the home for the Penguins since the early 1980's. Many tweaks and upgrades have taken place through the years to ensure a home-field advantage and keep it a cutting-edge facility. Built in 1982 (17,000 capacity) with seating only on the west side, Stambaugh entered a new era in 1997 when the Stadium underwent a $5.5 million addition.
Prior to the 1997 campaign, the number of loges (luxury suites) was expanded from 12 to 26. The Watson Media Center, one of the best press facilities in FCS, was added onto the second level of the complex. The DeBartolo Stadium Club, which overlooks the city of Youngstown, is located on the main loge area, and is used for meetings, press conferences and luncheons. Also, seating for more than 3,000 was added on the east side to bring the capacity to 20,630, the highest in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
In 2000, a sound system was added to the east and west sides. Twice the playing surface has been replaced, most recently in 2002. That summer, SprinTurf, was installed making the school only one of five FCS schools to play on the synthetic surface. The replacement removed the AstroTurf that was in place since 1991.
In 2004, a new scoreboard featuring a Mitsubishi DiamondVision videoboard was installed. The DiamondVision screen consists of 126,464 LEDs to provide an incredibly-clear picture for animations and in-game replays. The board, which was manufactured in Nagaski, Japan, is 17-feet wide by 12.5-feet high.
In 2005, wireless internet was added to the Watson Media Center. The Media Center houses the press area, radio and television booths, public address and PenguinVision.
In 2006, a new concourse elevator became the latest enhancement.
From the summer of 2008 through February 2009, the football office suites were renovated, the loge complex was repainted and all hallways were tiled. New carpet was installed in the DeBartolo Stadium Club. Tile was also installed in the football classroom's and numerous painting makeovers occurred.
Over the summer in 2009, the chairback seats were replaced at a cost of $250,000 while the baseball locker room was moved to its own area out of the football locker area. After the season, a new football lounge was created. It features five couches, three flat-screen TVs and plenty of space for the team to relax.
Following the 2010 campaign, the locker room underwent further updates. A new entrance way was created while a ceiling was added to the main locker room area. Highlighting the ceiling is a hanging "Y" as well as a "Protect this House" a slogan of Under Armour, the official apparal provider of the football program.
YSU's athletic administrative offices, ticket office, football offices, strength-training facility, softball, soccer, football and baseball locker rooms, training room and Academic Center are located in the complex.
Six racquetball courts and office areas for the ROTC program are in the building as well. The multipurpose complex is also home to the soccer team and intramural events. Five basketball courts are in the stadium's gymnasium.
Beeghly Center, the home of Youngstown State men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams, has seen a major facelift totaling more than $4 million this decade.
In the last decade, refurbishing has been done to the hallways, court lighting, classrooms, flooring, lobbies, basketball and Olympic Sports offices, swimming pool, and locker rooms. Also The Coaches Court, a plush room for Athletic Department functions and press conferences, was constructed. In 2008, a new Dom Rosselli Court playing surface was installed.
In the most recent offseason, the YSU athletic department was able acquire the actual hoops that were used in the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four in Detroit. New strobe lights were also installed in the four corners of the arena to enhance the lighting for photographers. The men's basketball locker room was remodeled prior to the 2009-10 season, and the women's basketball locker room underwent a facelift in March 2010.
In May 2002, the facility underwent more than $2.5 million in renovations, including a new front and rear lobby and new hallways and locker rooms. Also a new $150,000 sound system was added to the arena. Prior to the 2000-01 season, two additional scoreboards were added and expanded press-row seating was created.
Beeghly Center, located between Stambaugh Stadium and the Andrews Wellness and Recreation Center on the northwest end of Youngstown State's scenic downtown campus, has support areas that include an athletic training room, weight room and coaches offices.
Not only does the Beeghly Center have an arena, it is a multi-purpose facility that includes an Olympic-sized swimming and diving facility, racquetball and squash courts, classrooms, and administrative offices.
The entire facility was built at a cost of $5.5 million and opened in 1972. It was dedicated in the memory of Mr. and Mrs. Leon A. Beeghly, founders of the Standard Slag Company in Youngstown.
Beeghly Center was dedicated on Dec. 23, 1972, when the Penguins, under Hall of Fame coach Dom Rosselli, played host to Ohio University. The first women's basketball game in the Beeghly Center was on Jan. 23, 1976, when the Penguins defeated Kent State-Tuscarawas.
Eleven years after construction, the seating capacity was increased to 6,500 with the addition of permanent seats in the north and south ends of the arena and 1,250 chairback seats located along the court. The capacity is currently 6,300 with recent floor expansion along the baselines.
Both the Youngstown State men's and women's basketball teams routinely enjoy large crowds. YSU has won the NCAA Division I Pack The House Challenge in the Horizon League in two of the last three seasons. The women's basketball team routinely ranks second in the league in attendance, and more than 6,000 fans have packed the arena for a men's game in each of the last three seasons. Nearly 6,250 watched the YSU men defeat Cleveland State on Jan. 23, 2009 in a game that was broadcast on ESPNU.
In addition to athletic events, the Beeghly Center serves as a site for graduation ceremonies, community events, concerts and other functions. Current president Barack Obama held a rally at the arena during his 2008 campaign.
On September 15, 1996, YSU dedicated Veterans' Plaza directly in front of Beeghly Center. This $500,000 community project was funded in-part through private donations to honor all United States Veterans. Spring Street, the road leading up to Beeghly Center, was updated with a scenic entrance and renamed Armed Forces Boulevard in 2009.