Ornelas Stadium




(no pets allowed at all facilities)

Ornelas Stadium is a top-flight game-day facility for NCAA Division III college football and was resurrected in time for the 2000 season after a 50-year absence.

The Ornelas family of Tyler provided a gift that kick-started the stadium construction late in 1999, and the stadium was literally carved from the East Texas earth in less than a year. It wasn't quite ready for the Tigers' first scheduled home game against McMurry in early September, but by the time the second home game came around -- against Austin College on Oct. 7, 2000 -- Ornelas Stadium was ready to become the home of the Tigers.

The stadium hosted only day games until the 2009 season, when lights were added to the facility to provide ETBU the option of scheduling night games. The facility remains one of the shining landmarks on the northern end of the campus, with Cornish Field for soccer just to the north of the stadium and Taylor Field for softball located just across Van Zandt Street to the south.

The stadium has a capacity of 3,000, with general admission and standing-room only available on two sloped hillsides on either side of the grandstand.

To the east of the stadium, the Tigers' practice facility includes two fields located between Ornelas Stadium and a man-made lake. The entire facility -- practice field, lake and stadium -- nearly spands the entire northern end of the main campus. The stadium lights are also built to provide light to the practice field, which allows the team to undergo night-time or early morning practices to provide maximum class time when needed.