Ray & Sue Smith Stadium
Stadium undergoes a major facelift. See Photos
Hope College plays its home games at its own stadium. Opened in 1979, the stadium was acquired by the college from the City of Holland in 2012.
The stadium honors Ray Smith and his wife Sue. Smith was head coach of the Flying Dutchmen for a quarter of a century. He is the winningest coach in the history of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). Learn More
The stadium is located on a 16-acre parcel near 16th Street and Fairbanks Avenue, south of the Hope College owned Ekdal J. Buys Athletic Complex. Bleachers can accomodate 5,300 fans and an end zone hillside can serve hundreds more. There is on-site reserved parking in addition to parking available at nearby DeVos Fieldhouse. The stadium has a spacious press box and two concessions stands with restrooms. Team locker rooms are available at the nearby city-owned Bouws swimming pool on game day. The nearby college-owned Lugers Fieldhouse serves the football team in the Fall and other teams in the Spring. The fieldhouse includes a fully equipped sports medicine center and lockerrooms for athletes, coaches and officials.
The first Hope football game in the stadium was a 20-2 victory over Wabash College of Indiana on Sept. 15, 1979.
The 1997 Flying Dutchmen established a single season attendance record with an average of 4,148 fans per game. Playing their first night game at the stadium to open the 1997 season, the Flying Dutchmen attracted a record 6,421 fans for the Community Day contest, defeating Benedictine, Ill. 27-0.
The stadium underwent a major renovation prior to the 2012 season with the installation of an artificial Pro Turf playing surface and other facility improvements.
Hope at Holland
6,421, Benedictine, Ill., 9-13-97 (night)
6,308, Grand Valley State, Mich., 9-6-80
5,820, Central, Iowa, 9-8-07 (night)
5,621, Wabash, Ind., 9-15-79
5,506, Adrian, 10-20-84
5,475, Valparaiso, Ind., 9-9-00 (night)
Homecoming Attendance: 5,506, Adrian, 10-20-84
Largest Community Day Attendance: 6,421, Benedictine, 9-13-97
Largest Parent's Day Attendance: 5,035, Albion, 11-11-00
NCAA Playoff Game: 2,539, Augustana, Ill., 11-22-86
Best MIAA Opponent Attendance