Kelly/ Shorts Stadium is the home for the Central Michigan Chippewas football team. Having a capacity of over 32000 seats the venue is the largest on- campus stadium in the MAC.
The stadium was opened in 1972 providing the Central Michigan Chippewas tickets owners with great opportunity to enjoy the game of football.
McGuirk Arena is the place to go if one wants to follow variety of other disciplines, including basketball as the venue is the home for the Chippewas basketball team. The venue was opened in 1973 and renovated nearly 40 years later and currently it can hold just over 5000 spectators.
Central Michigan Chippewas are located in Mid- American Conference in West Division I (FBS for football). The colours of the college are maroon and gold and the mascot that represents the teams is Rowdie.
The football program began here in 1896 and basketball arrived some time later. The Chippewas’ main rivals are Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan.
As far as football team goes, the college had some success in the past. They had won one national title, in 1974. The Chippewas added 16 conference titles and three divisional ones to their name. The program appeared in only 9 Bowl and the combined effort brought the team to 3-6 record in these games. Seven of these appearances occurred since 2006 when the football team perked up a bit.
Due to recent success of the university there had been quite a decent amount of Chippewas’ players making it into NFL and also enjoying quite a accomplished careers. There had been overall number one pick in draft coming from Central Michigan, in person of Eric Fisher, a left tackle, who joined the Chiefs in 2013. Four Chippewas experienced Super Bowl and many Pro Bowls selections.
One of the most talked about player from the program is Antonio Brown, who picked all the way in 6th round turned out to be one of the better steals in recent history of drafting.
Brown played in Super Bowl with the Steelers, he was chosen to four Pro Bowls, he was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Year in 2014. He was the first player in NFL history to accumulate 1000 receiving and returning yards in one season and a first one to catch five passes in 35 consecutive games.
Joe Staley is another graduate from Central Michigan to play in Super Bowl as he did it with the 49ers in 2012. He was selected to Pro Bowl five times in his career.
The basketball breed of the Chippewas is yet to win a national titles but it doesn’t mean the program was unsuccessful. The teams had reached 4 NCAA tournaments. Their best result was reaching NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 1975.
To date the Chippewas players can enjoy the fact of winning two conference tournament championships and eight conference regular titles, two of which occurred in last two seasons.
There were some great NBA careers coming out of the Central Michigan University and these include Dan Majerle and Dan Roundfield.
Majerle, current head coach of Grand Canyon, spent 14 seasons in NBA which earned him three trips to All- star game, two nominations to NBA All- Defensive second team and and saw him entering Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor.
Roundfield spent a bit less time within the NBA but it didn’t stop him going to three NBA All- Star games or being named three times to NBA All – Defensive First team.
All in all there were some great careers born in Central Michigan and given the recent success amongst the athletes, the fans can remain hopeful of their favourite players making it into the big leagues.