Construction crews completed the installation of the new Pershing Arena bleachers in late August 2012. The process included removing the wooden bleachers and installing new bench seats, and approximately 400 chair-back seats behind the Bulldog benches, closer seating on the west side and additional seating on the north baseline.
The project, funded by the Student Athletic Fee, began with the removal of the bleachers in late May 2012. Those seats had been in place since 1979 when the old arena court was shifted from the east/west alignment to its current north/south configuration.
In addition to the bleachers, a new sound system and acoustics were installed during the summer to enhance the audio and gameday presentation for Bulldog events.
In summer 2013, Stokes Stadium received new aluminum bleachers and 132 purple chair-back seats. New handicap seating was also added to the bottom of the grandstand, bringing the total seating capacity to approximately 4,000.
Other improvements to Stokes Stadium in recent years include a synthetic field in 2008 and new lights in 2007—both paid for with the Student Athletic Fee—as well as a new sound system in 2012.