HOUSTON (NEXSTAR) — This yr would be the third yr Houston has hosted a Tremendous Bowl.
The town final hosted Tremendous Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium in 2004 when the New England Patriots defeated the Panthers by the rating of 32–29.
In 1974, Tremendous Bowl VIII was performed Rice Stadium on the campus of Rice College.
Immediately, forty three years later, Rice Stadium sits largely unchanged.
“I feel the cool factor about Tremendous Bowl XIII right here is the stadium is similar to the way it was then,” Ryan Bucher, Rice College Affiliate Athletic Director for Amenities and Occasions, stated. “You get a way for what individuals would’ve felt like.”
Tremendous Bowl XIII was held on a dreary, overcast day.
Rice Stadium offered the setting for the Dolphins’ then-unprecedented third straight Tremendous Bowl look and second straight win: A 24-7 blowout of the Minnesota Vikings.
“It was packed, I’ve seen footage of it,” Bucher continued. “We had additional bleachers filling each nook and cranny with individuals.”
The stadium was inbuilt 1950, predating Houston’s most iconic sports activities venue, the Astrodome, by 15 years.
Except for upgrading the bleachers from wooden to aluminum, and eradicating the north finish zone for a brand new coaching facility, the stadium is because it was sixty seven years in the past.
“A few of our followers harken again to the day once they have been 5, six years previous, coming to a recreation right here, and now they’ve received grandkids that they’re bringing to video games right here,” Bucher stated. “Not a lot has modified.”
Together with internet hosting the Tremendous Bowl, Rice Stadium was additionally house to the Houston Oilers within the Nineteen Sixties.
Highschool state championships have been additionally performed on the stadium and it offered the stage for considered one of John F. Kennedy’s most well-known speeches.
“I feel it’s necessary to the town,” Bucher stated of the stadium. “I feel it’s necessary to Rice College as an entire. I feel it’s why it sits the best way it does as we speak, [why] it hasn’t been renovated such as you’ve seen loads of different locations do. That the historical past is essential. Not solely to the college however to the town.”
And to convey issues full circle, Rice College is internet hosting the Atlanta Falcons this week as they put together for Sunday’s matchup towards the Patriots.