Joan C. Edwards Stadium, named in honor of philanthropist Joan Edwards, provides the Thundering Herd football program with one of the greatest home field advantages in all of college football. Since its opening in 1991, Marshall has posted an impressive record of 148-26 (.850) in the facility and more than 2.7 million fans have gathered there to watch the Thundering Herd play.
The stadium, originally built with a capacity of 30,000, has grown along with the Marshall football program. Two expansion projects later Joan C. Edwards Stadium's capacity is 38,016. The stadium is also designed so that future expansion can bring capacity to 55,000.
The state-of-the-art facility features a FieldTurf playing surface that was installed prior to the 2005 season, a modern Daktronics scoreboard with video and statistics display capabilities, 4,332 chair back seats and 20 deluxe indoor sky suites that feature closed circuit television, a high tech audio system, and seat from 12 to 36 people each.
The stadium's pressbox seats 75 media members and contains modern radio and television broadcast booths that accommodate regional and national media members every Thundering Herd game day.
The stadium hosted every NCAA Division I-AA National Championship game from 1991 to 1996 and Mid-American Conference Championship contests in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002.
The Marshall football program is housed inside of the Shewey Athletic Center located in the stadium's north endzone. The complex includes the Thundering Herd's locker room, meeting rooms, sports medicine training facility, and coaches offices. Adjacent to the complex is a new state-of-the-art 13,000-square foot weight training facility. The complex was completed in July of 2006 and provides the Thundering Herd with one of the nation's finest weight training facilities.