Waldo Stadium/Football Office
Bill Brown Alumni Football Center
Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5422
Waldo Stadium has been home to the Western Michigan football team since
the 1939 season. Since then, WMU has had 10 perfect seasons at home,
capturing three in the 1940's and the 2000's, tied for the most in any
one decade (1941, 1942, 1947, 1966, 1982,
1992, 1994, 2000, 2006, 2008). The Broncos' most successful decade to date was the 1990's
when the team went a combined 38-13 (.745). Entering the 2011 season,
WMU's all-time record at Waldo Stadium is 221-138-4 (.614).
The origins of Waldo Stadium date back to 1939. Built at the cost of $250,000, the venue was constructed as part of a new athletic plant at WMU which also included the construction of Hyames baseball field. Later that season, the football facility — which included an eight-lane track — was dedicated to WMU President Emeritus Dwight B. Waldo, the school’s first president and a strong advocate of Bronco Athletics.
Waldo Stadium has gone through multiple renovations during its storied history. In 2003, the east end of the stadium was enclosed by the $25-million Donald J Seelye Athletic Center, which at its zenith reaches eight stories tall. On the west side, a state-of-the-art video board was installed, made possible through a gift from Coca-Cola.
Western Michigan's attendance record at Waldo Stadium was set during the 2000 opener with 36,361 fans, while the 1999 season set a record for attendance average in a season with 26,874.
At exit #74, turn north onto US-131, go 2.7 miles; use the following directions for exiting from US-131.
At exit #36, turn east onto Stadium Drive, go 2.2 miles; turn left on Howard Street. Cross railroad tracks and immediately turn right and enter campus. Turn left at stop sign and continue to 4-way stop. Turn left and continue to Lawson Ice Arena parking lots. Shuttle buses board at the front of the arena.
From M-43 North of Kalamazoo
Turn left off M-43 (Gull Road) in Kalamazoo on to Riverview Drive; go under the railroad overpass and bear right onto Michigan Avenue for 0.4 miles; it then becomes Kalamazoo Avenue. Continue until it becomes Stadium Drive. Pass Waldo Stadium (on your left) and turn right onto Howard Street (second light past the stadium). Cross railroad tracks and immediately turn right and enter campus. Turn left at stop sign and continue to 4-way stop. Turn left and continue to Lawson Ice Arena parking lots. Shuttle buses board at the front of the arena.
As parking near Waldo Stadium is extremely limited, fans are encouraged to use the above directions to park at Lawson Ice Arena ($5 parking charge) and ride the free shuttle service to the Stadium. Buses run continuously to and from the Stadium, beginning two hours prior to kickoff. Drop-off points at Waldo Stadium are at gate 9 (near the main ticket office, will call booths and Corporate Villiage) and on Oakland Drive at the entrance of the Seelye Center. Return service to Lawson Ice Arena is from the Oakland Drive / Seelye Center area only.