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RICE STADIUM

HOUSTON, TX

Today, Rice Stadium is home of the Rice Owls, but four decades ago it was the site of Super Bowl VIII.  Its history goes back to 1950, when a new stadium for the Rice football program was needed as the old Rice Stadium was beginning to show its age. Construction for a new stadium began in January 1950 and was completed nine months later. The Owls made their debut at the stadium on September 30, 1950 against Santa Clara. The stadium had a seating capacity of 70,000 when it opened and it remains that today. The lower deck encloses the playing field and upper decks are located on both sides of the gridiron. In the 1990’s Rice Stadium saw several improvements, in 1995 new lights, in 1996, new scoreboards and in 1997 new Astroturf. Other than being the home of the Rice Owls, the stadium was home of the Houston Oilers before they moved in the Houston Astrodome. It was also the site of Super Bowl VIII.

FACTS & FIGURES
-Tenant: Rice Owls (NCAA)
-Capacity: 70,000
-Surface: Grass
-Opened: September 30, 1950
-Other Names: None
-Cost:
$300,000
-Architect:
Unknown

-Super Bowl VIII: Miami vs. Minnesota
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SUPER BOWLS
SUPER BOWL VIII
Minnesota Vikings vs Miami Dolphins
January 13, 1974
FINAL SCORE: Dolphins - 24, Vikings - 7 MVP: Larry Csonka
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