The Coastal Carolina University football stadium officially opened as Brooks Stadium on Sept. 6, 2003, for the inaugural home game of the Chanticleer football program. Scoring a touchdown with just seconds left on the clock, the Chanticleers beat Newberry College 21-14.
With a gift from the late businessman Bob Brooks, the stadium was named in honor of Brooks' children Coby Garrett and Boni Belle. The $2 million gift is among the largest gifts ever made to the university.
Brooks, who grew up on a farm in Loris, S.C., was the CEO and founder of Eastern Foods, Inc., creators of the Naturally Fresh line of products, and chairman of Hooters of America, Inc. He also created Hooters Air Charter Airline, the National Golf Association Hooters Tour and the Hooters ProCup Series, a series of short-track races in small towns throughout the Southeast and Midwest. Brooks died in 2006.
Phase I of the stadium construction included 6,408 seats, while Phase II added almost 1,000 additional seats prior to the 2006 season. The third phase of Brooks Stadium was completed in 2010 when approximately 1,600 seats were added directly behind the north end zone. Affectionately referred to as the Chantourage section, the seating in directly in front of Adkins Field House was designated as the student section in 2011. Brooks Stadium accommodates 9,214 fans and was designed to grow with the football program, with a future capacity for up to 20,000 fans.
Brooks Stadium has been ranked among the top stadiums in the nation in attendance based on capacity. In 2010, the Chanticleers hosted a first round NCAA Division I Football Championship playoff game against Western Illinois; the game marked the first postseason game played in Brooks Stadium.
On Feb. 15, 2013, the women's lacrosse team opened its inaugural season on its new home field, Brooks Stadium. Women's lacrosse is the 18th Division I sports program for the Chanticleers.