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Rice Stadium (P30948)

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Rice Owls (NCAA) (1950-present) Houston Cougars (NCAA) (1951-1964) Houston Oilers (AFL) (1965-1967) Bluebonnet Bowl (NCAA) (1959-1967, 1985-1986) Team Texas (AAFL) (2008-present) Super Bowl VIII (NFL) (1974)

Rice Stadium is a football stadium located on the Rice University campus in Houston, Texas. It has been the home of the Rice University football team since its completion in 1950. In addition to Rice, the University of Houston football team played at Rice Stadium from 1951 to 1965, and the Bluebonnet Bowl was played there from 1959 to 1967 and again in 1985 and 1986.

As originally built, it seated 70,000 fans — more than the total number of Rice's living and deceased alumni. Rice Stadium was built before professional football came to Houston, and 70,000 fans might be expected to attend a college football game there. But the Houston Oilers arrived in 1960 (they themselves played in the stadium from 1965 to 1967) and Rice football stopped being competitive in the Southwest Conference after 1961.

In 1974, Rice Stadium hosted Super Bowl VIII, in which the Miami Dolphins beat the Minnesota Vikings 24–7. If was the first Super Bowl to be played in Houston and it would be 30 years later that the Super Bowl would return to Houston, which was played at Reliant Stadium.

In 2006, the end zones seats were covered with tarps, reducing seating capacity to 47,000, in part because the stadium had not sold out for a college football game since the early 1960s. However, it can easily be reconfigured to its original capacity.

Used (1961) 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" standard size chrome

Dist. by Morse Wholesale Co.

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