Sun Bowl (stadium)
The Sun Bowl is an outdoor football stadium in the southwestern United States, on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso. It is home to the UTEP Miners of Conference USA, and the late December college football bowl game, the Sun Bowl. The stadium opened 56 years ago in 1963 and has a current seating capacity of 51,500.
Aerial view from the northwest in 2009;
Kidd Field at upper left
|Location||2701 Sun Bowl Drive|
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
|Owner||University of Texas El Paso|
|Operator||University of Texas El Paso|
Natural grass (1963–1973)
|Broke ground||August 1, 1961|
|Opened||September 21, 1963|
56 years ago
|Architect||Garland & Hilles|
Carroll & Daeuble
|General contractor||Ponsford Brothers|
|UTEP Miners (NCAA) (1963–present)|
Sun Bowl (NCAA) (1963–present)
El Paso Patriots (USL PDL) (1989–2001)
Texas vs. Nation Game (NCAA) (2007–2010)
El Paso ISD (selected games)
The land on which the stadium sits was originally donated by the university to El Paso County, who built the stadium for the school and the Sun Bowl game. Both had previously used Kidd Field, the school's current track and field venue, which seats 15,000. The city had realized that the game could not expand its audience or the list of teams that it could invite without a bigger stadium, so the Sun Bowl was built in a natural bowl adjacent to the west. It originally sat 30,000, with only the sideline grandstands. The playing field runs nearly north–south (tilted about 10° NW–SE) at an elevation of 3,910 feet (1,190 m) above sea level.
The current press box was added in 1969, and the stadium reached the capacity of 52,000 in 1982 with the addition of the north end zone stands and the expansion of the east stands. (The south end zone is still vacant, with the ground of the bowl covered with the school's logos.)
The school retook control of the land and stadium in 2001, when hundreds of seats were removed as part of a re-configuration of the seating bowl to accommodate soccer, which lowered capacity to its current figure of 51,500.
The school's Athletics Director, Jim Senter, announced on April 13, 2018 plans to renovate the Sun Bowl Stadium. The $15 million project would include luxury boxes installed in a new press facility, renovation of the concourses and premium seating added on the west side of the stadium. The renovations are projected to be completed in a 16-month timespan.
Postseason college footballEdit
On February 2, 2007, the stadium hosted the inaugural Texas vs. The Nation all-star college football game; the Nation defeated Texas 24–20.
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|Date||Artist/Group||Opening act(s)||Tour / Concert name||Attendance||Revenue ($)||Notes|
|October 27, 1992||U2||The Sugarcubes
|Zoo TV Tour||35,564 / 39,500||1,066,920|
|April 26, 1994||Pink Floyd||—||The Division Bell Tour||34,945 / 37,000||1,148,228|
|August 27, 2001||NSYNC||Li'l Johnnie
|PopOdyssey||38,313 / 48,987||2,048,331|
|October 20, 2006||The Rolling Stones||Dave Matthews Band||A Bigger Bang||38,653 / 38,653||3,106,995|
|September 19, 2014||One Direction||5 Seconds of Summer||Where We Are Tour||44,910 / 44,910||3,632,097|
|September 6, 2017||Guns N' Roses||ZZ Top||Not in This Lifetime... Tour||34,801 / 41,534||3,112,504|
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- Matthew Aguilar. "Team Nation victorious". El Paso Times. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
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