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            Earl C. Banks Field at W.A.C. Hughes Stadium is the proud home of the Morgan State University Track and Field team.  The facility is named after William Alfred Carroll Hughes, Sr., the 1887 Morgan alumnus who introduced athletics to the institution during his days as a student.  Officially opened on October 16, 1937 with a price tag of $360,000.00; at that time it was considered one of the finest facilities in all of black colleges.

            Hughes Stadium is the home of some of the most gifted athletes in track and field history.  Former track coach Eddie Hurt built a track and field dynasty. This includes the likes of Olympic Gold medalist Dr. George Rhoden, Olympians quarter-milers Josh Culbrethe, Samuel LeBeach, Rochelle Stevens, and hurdler Jack Pierce all grace the track in Hughes Stadium.  Morgan’s storied track and field tradition included many conference championships, Penn Relay winners and world class athletes.

            A $14 million renovation of Hughes Stadium was completed in 2001.  The renovation included a state-of-the-art scoreboard, complete with a video display screen, Olympic mondo track, artificial grass field, a three level press box, coaching stations, radio and television broadcasting areas.  Other amenities included new light and sound systems, a modern team dress building, official rooms and a state-of-the-art drainage system.

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Tent and Umbrella Policy:

  • Team tents are allowed on the bleachers on the north side of the Stadium and on the west side grass areas near Hurt Gymnasium.  Please be advised that tents are not permitted on the first five rows of the north side bleachers.
  • Tents and umbrellas may not block the view of other patrons.
  • Umbrellas will be allowed; however, no umbrellas, regardless of size, will be allowed in the seats located on the press box side of the stadium (south side).

Not allowed inside the stadium:

  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Glass or metal containers
  • Weapons, fireworks, explosives or munitions
  • Laser pointers
  • Gum on the track or the infield
  • Pets
  • Skates, skateboards or roller blades
  • Grills or other portable cooking units

  • Free parking is available in the parking garage. Bus and RV parking is available in designated lot “Y” next to Murphy Auditorium.  However, electrical and water connections for RV use are not available.

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