WKU Football Camps
Western Kentucky University
Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium
The 2011 season will be WKU's 44th in Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium, and the third since the facility underwent a massive renovation.
The renovation of Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium began in April 2006 and featured the construction of a new west side of the stadium while also including a significant renovation of the stadium's existing east side. The stadium's capacity now stands at 22,113. The first phase of the renovation to Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium involved improving the existing east side structure.
Construction began on the West grandstand prior to the start of the 2007 season. The new side of the stadium contains approximately 5,000 seats, including an 832-seat club level, along with new concession stands and restrooms. The building also houses new football offices and a new weight room (10,000 square feet), training room (8,500 square feet), locker room (10,000 square feet) and equipment area. A new berm has been built behind the North end zone, giving Topper fans an opportunity to enjoy the game from a different view. A new 48'x70' scoreboard, installed behind the berm, includes an 18'x31' video board.
Other improvements to the existing structure include locker rooms and offices for women's soccer, and men's and women's track along with the addition of a new academic advising center that includes office space for advisors, tutoring rooms, a large study hall room and a computer laboratory.
The Hilltoppers have put together a .500 or better record in 29 campaigns since the stadium opened in 1968.
From I-65 North (heading south): Take the first Bowling Green exit (exit 28) at the Corvette Plant and Corvette Museum onto the connector road that will take you to US 31-W. Follow the signs for US 31-W South — Bowling Green. Stay on the four-lane US 31-W South (Louisville Road) to the stop light at the bridge over Barren River. 31-W turns left at that stoplight; however, you want to continue straight through the light on Louisville Road which will split into two one-way streets at Sixth Ave. The one-way SW is Adams Street. When the one-way streets merge into the four-lane University Blvd., you will be on the NW corner of the Western Kentucky University campus (railroad on right, WKU on left). Go straight through the first stoplight (at Old Morgantown Road/Dogwood Drive) and the University Parking Structure will be the first building on your left, followed immediately by the back side of E.A. Diddle Arena, the Arena/Stadium Parking Lot and L.T. Smith Stadium.
From the Cumberland Parkway: Take I-65 South at the west end of the Cumberland Parkway and follow the directions for I-65 (heading south) above.
From I-65 South (heading north): Take the first Bowling Green exit (The Natcher Parkway, exit 20) and proceed on the Natcher Parkway to the Bowling Green-Franklin exit (exit 5 — US31-W). At the end of the ramp, turn right (north) onto US 31-W (Nashville Road) into Bowling Green. The second stoplight after passing through the Campbell Lane intersection (Bowling Green Mall is on your left and a Burger King and Kroger are on the right at the Campbell Lane intersection) will be University Blvd. (to the left). Turn left (there is a left-turn lane and arrow) onto University Blvd., to the Western Kentucky University campus. You will pass through two stoplights and the athletics complex will then be on your right. You will pass Nick Denes Field (baseball) first, followed by the University Tennis Courts and L.T. Smith Stadium. The Arena/Stadium Parking Lot and E.A. Diddle Arena will be on your right just past the Stadium.
From US 68-80 West (heading east): Follow US 68-80 (Russellville Road) into Bowling Green. You will pass under a railroad overpass (with its "Welcome to Western" sign) and then, at the stoplight, both the center and left lanes turn left. You want to turn left at that light onto University Blvd. The athletics complex will then be on your right — first Nick Denes Field (baseball), then the University Tennis Courts and L.T. Smith Stadium. The Arena/Stadium Parking Lot and E.A. Diddle Arena will be on your right just past the Stadium.
From the Natcher Parkway (heading south): Take the first Bowling Green exit (US 231, exit seven) and turn right onto Morgantown Road (US 231) into Bowling Green. You will cross Veterans Memorial Lane and pass Warren Central High School (on the right). When you reach the junction of US 231 and US 68-80 (Burger King on your left, Holley Corporation on your right and BP Oil and Arby's straight ahead), turn left onto Russellville Road and follow the directions for US 68-80 above from the railroad overpass ("Welcome to Western" sign) on in to Diddle Arena/Smith Stadium.