Dix Stadium has been the home for Kent State Golden Flashes football programs since 1969 and its opening game that saw the home team win against Dayton Flyers,24-14.
The venue capacity stands currently at just over 25000 which is slightly less than what previously Kent State Golden Flashes tickets buyers were used to and it is due to modernisation of the stadium to keep it up to nowadays standards.
Basketball at Kent State is played at Memorial Athletic And Convocation Center, a multipurpose arena built in 1950 to serve various athletic teams and team sports. There is currently over 6000 seats available for game nights.
Kent State Golden Flashes football program arrived to the college in 1920, seven years after the basketball program had been formed. The university is member of the Mid- American Conference, East Division, NCAA Division I (FBS for football).
The Golden Flashes colours are navy blue and gold and the mascot is the golden eagle named Flash. The college has one main rival which is the Akron Zips, a local rivalry that’s been known mainly from football field.
Kent State football programs have managed an all- time record of 320-499-28; they added one conference championship and one divisional title to their trophies and took part in three Bowl games, all of them being losing affairs, the most recent against Arkansas State occurred during GoDaddy.com bowl where the Flashes were defeated 13-17.
Given the lack of overall success through the years with various programs it is quite positive to see that there were over 40 Flashes that played or currently play in NFL. From former NFL stars Jack Lambert is one of better known stars.
Lambert spent all his NFL career with the Steelers playing as linebacker, he contributed heavily to four Super Bowl victories, he was named to Pro Bowl 9 times, 7 times he earned a nomination to First- Team All- Pro and he was named a defensive player of the year three times by various agencies. He was also defensive rookie of the year. He earned induction into Pro Football Hall of Fame as “the premier linebacker of his era”.
From current crops of former Flashes among the NFL players one might find stars like Antonio Gates or Julian Edelman, both a pivotal pieces to their team’s offenses.
Gates, tight end who was undrafted, has been enjoying his career with the Chargers where he is the franchise leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. He also holds a record of the most touchdowns between a quarterback (P. Rivers) and a tight end with 77. He’s been to 8 consecutive Pro Bowls, he was NFL 2000s All- Decade Team and he belongs to 10000 receiving yards club and 100 receiving touchdowns.
Edelman, punt returner and wide receiver for the Patriots, won Super Bowl with them and holds the franchise record for the longest punt return and most punts returned for touchdown.