Opened December 18, 1971
Cost: $2.2 million
The stadium currently boasts a seating capacity of 30,199. The first game played at Kelly-Shorts stadium was a Homecoming victory won against Illinois State on November 4, 1972. This was the first collegiate game played on Astroturf in Michigan. Since 1972 the turf has been replaced twice, in 1983 and 1993. In 1986, a $140,000 scoreboard complete with a full-color message center was erected at the south end of the stadium. In addition, Kelly/Shorts also received a new auxiliary scoreboard in the north end zone. A $550,000 renovation to the locker room complex was completed prior to the start of the 1996 season.
The stadium was expanded following the 1997 football season as a part of a $28 million athletic facilities expansion that included the construction of the Indoor Athletic Complex. A total of 10,000 seats were added and the old press box was replaced by a two-tiered press box. The lower deck features nine guest suites and the upper deck will serve the media from radio, television and newspaper. Coaches' booths and game operations are on this level.
The facility was originally named Perry Shorts Stadium in honor of R. Perry Shorts, a Saginaw banker who was a 1900 graduate of Central Michigan and a generous donor. In June of 1983, the CMU Board of Trustees voted to rename the stadium Kelly/Shorts Stadium in honor of Kenneth "Bill" Kelly (pictured Left), who coached the Chippewa football team to a 91-58-2 record from 1951 to 1966.