Finley Stadium’s playing field is named in honor of the late Gordon Lee Davenport. The President and CEO of the Krystal Company from 1975-85 served as the first Chairman of the Stadium Corporation and the initial campaign to raise funds to build Finley Stadium. He worked endlessly and tirelessly in the planning and development of the facility. Davenport, a longtime friend of UTC athletics and particularly Mocs football, received the UTC Alumni Council Outstanding Service Award and is a member of the University’s Hall of Fame.
Davenport Field plays host to three main tenants: Chattanooga Mocs Football, Chattanooga Mocs Soccer, and the Chattanooga Football Club. The field also plays host to many local high school, adult, and youth games, as well as community events, such as the High School Football Jamboree, Best of Preps Kickoff Classic, US Bands Southern States Championships, the Scenic City Half Marathon, Scenic City Youth Football, Chattanooga FC Academy, and the Latin Champions League games.
In May 2005, the first artificial turf surface was installed at Finley Stadium, after eight seasons with a natural grass field. In 2015, the surface was replaced with AstroTurf’s state-of-the-art 3D Xtreme product. Along with an UltraBase system underneath the surface, Davenport Field now has one of the best playing surfaces in the country. In 2015, Finley Stadium also partnered with EcoChemical to create a system for paint conversions to happen seamlessly between soccer and football.