Home of Wolf Pack Football
and Wolf Pack Soccer
Mackay Stadium is located on the north end of the University of Nevada campus between 15th Street and 17th Street.
From Reno-Tahoe International Airport:
Take 395 North to I-80 West (exit #68 toward Reno/Sacramento). Exit at Virginia Street (exit #13). Turn right (north) on Virginia Street and drive approximately 1.0 mile. Turn right on Fifteenth Street. Proceed to parking lots.
From Interstate 80:
Exit at Virginia Street (exit #13). Proceed north on Virginia Street. Drive approximately 1.0 mile and turn right on Fifteenth Street. Proceed to parking lots.
Since the early 1900s, Nevada football teams have played in facilities named after university benefactor Clarence Mackay. Until the mid-1960s, Mackay Stadium was a small field located in the bowl that currently houses the Reynolds School of Journalism. The modern Mackay Stadium was completed in 1965 with an initial seating capacity of 7,500. The facility has been expanded several times in the last 15 years and now seats 30,000.
The first game at the "new" Mackay Stadium established the Wolf Pack's winning tradition in its home facility when, led by quarterback Chris Ault, Nevada turned in a 17-13 win over UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 1, 1966. Since then, Mackay has been one of the top homefield advantages in the nation as the Wolf Pack maintains a winning percentage of .721 and a 217-84-2 record in the friendly confines of Mackay Stadium. Under third-year head coach Brian Polian, the Wolf Pack is 6-5 at Mackay including a 24-13 win over Washington State on Sept. 5, 2014. It was the Pack’s first win over a school from the “Power Five” conferences at home since topping Cal, 52-31, in 2010.
In 2015, Sporting News also elected Mackay Stadium as the top venue in the Mountain West, stating that "when the Wolf Pack is winning, this is a loud and tough place to play".
In the late 1980's and early 1990's, with Division I-A status in mind, then Athletics Director Ault began to investigate the process of expanding Mackay Stadium. More than $6 million worth of fundraising later, the stadium boasted a spectacular skybox complex on the west side with 48 permanent suites and impressive media and stadium club facilities. Add 12 suites and the upper deck on the east side, an improved scoreboard, and vastly improved restroom capacities, and it is no wonder Nevada led the Big West in attendance in seven of its eight years in the league. The 1997 season provided two of the top three crowds of all time as over 30,000 came out for the Oregon and UNLV games in September.
In the summer of 2000, the innovative FieldTurf synthetic grass was installed in the stadium. This state-of-the-art product has already paid for itself in water and labor savings within four years.
A year later, the Benefactor Tribute was added near the south entrance to the stadium. It serves as the focal point of the Endowment Plaza, built in the early 1990's, which forms a semicircle opposite the bronze wolves just inside Mackay's main entrance and honors all those who have helped with capital projects, endowed athletics scholarships and/or been members of the Millennium Team, helping Nevada join the WAC in 2000.
Added for the 2002 season were large sponsor billboards on the back side of the south end zone bleachers. A northwest ticket booth was added in 2003 to accommodate those fans entering from the north side of the stadium. That same year, one of the most significant changes occurred -- lights were added to allow for valuable television exposure and night games are now part of the Mackay experience for early season games.
Prior to the 2004 season, the West Stadium Parking Complex, a 1,900-stall parking garage, opened. It is located adjacent to Mackay and Lawlor to accommodate special event parking at those two venues as well as for general university parking demands during the week with the ever-increasing University enrollment.
New in 2005 were organized tailgate tent areas in the northwest part of the stadium and improved game day festivities, while the latest enhancements include a brand-new large video replay screen and scoreboard that improved the game-day experience in 2006.
The original turf installation was guaranteed through 2008 and Nevada installed new FieldTurf prior to the 2010 season, with alternating shades of green every five years and the "sport wolf" official logo at the 50-yard line. In 2012, the "Battle Born" tradition made its mark on the turf at Mackay Stadium, representing a longstanding (and unofficial) state motto.
The 2012 season featured some additional upgrades throughout the stadium, including a sound-system overhaul designed to improve the sound quality and clarity of the public address and music system.
On Sept. 7, 2013, prior to the Pack’s home opener against UC Davis, the playing surface at Mackay Stadium was dedicated as Chris Ault Field in a pre-game ceremony.
On Dec. 5, 2014, a little over two years after Nevada moved to the Mountain West Conference, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents approved an $11.5 million plan to renovate Mackay Stadium. Initial plans for the renovation include new stadium club and loge seating and the addition of chairback seating in seven sections to increase the fan gameday experience. The plans also call for new ADA accessible seating areas and the widening of aisles with the installation of handrails to increase safety at the stadium.
Also part of the renovation plan was a two-story, 2,8000-square foot restroom facility located on the southwest corner of the stadium that was finished in time for the home opener in 2015.
Mackay Stadium Records
Overall record (entering 2014, since 1966): 217-84-2
Most points in a game (by Nevada): 70 vs. Idaho (10-24-09)
Most points in a game (both teams combined) 115 (70-45) vs. Idaho (10-24-09)
Fewest points in a game: L, 27-0, vs. San Francisco State (10-15-66)
Fewest points in a game (both teams combined): 16 (twice) vs. Stephen F. Austin, L, 9-7 (10-24-87); vs. Boise State, L, 13-3 (10-31-81)
Number of Nevada shutouts: 15
Largest margin of victory: vs. Western Washington, 66-0 (10-7-78)
Largest margin of defeat: vs. Fresno State, 61-14 (11-17-01)
Number of undefeated home seasons: Seven, (Last: 2010)
Most wins at home in a season: Nine, twice (1986, 1990)
Fewest wins at home in a season: One, (2000)
Longest win streak: 22, (9/23/89 - 12/7/91)
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Mackay Stadium during the Nevada vs. Cal game in 2010.
An aerial view of Mackay Stadium, facing south, with the Reno skyline in the background.