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Rice Stadium is one of three university stadia to have hosted a Super Bowl.

ricestadiumaerial.jpg (52773 bytes)On January 13, 1974, the Miami Dolphinsdefeated the Minnesota Vikings 24-7 inSuperBowl VIII at Rice Stadium.  A crowd of71,882 saw Miami continue its domination ofthe NFL against a Minnesota team that offeredlittle serious competition.  Viking Coach BudGrant, obviously not very happy over theanticipated mismatch, had groused aboutinadequate training facilities (at Del MarStadium, not at Rice) and had a word or two to say about the dressing rooms at Rice. Otherwise, there was hardly a negative wordabout Rice Stadium, as a venue, and the factthat Houston has not again been selected as a Super Bowl city was reflective more on hotel andtraining facilities than on the stadium.  Phyllis George and crew held forth in the recentlyconstructed R-Room facility at the south end zone, where a panoramic view of Phyllis, with the stadium and field unfolding behind her, was afforded to television viewers. (BTW, the other college stadia, extant, to have hosted a Super Bowl are Stanford Stadium and Sun Devil Stadium (Arizona State).   The old Sugar Bowl, on the Tulane campus, once hosted one, also, but it's long gone.)

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Oscar Mayer Super Bowl VIII recap

NFL.com Super Bowl VIII flashback

Sportsline Super Bowl VIII

 

 

 

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Rice Stadium as it looks today (upon the completion of '06 stadium improvements)      More '06 stadium pix....

 

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Rice Stadium under construction in 1950,
viewed from West to East. Old Rice Field is shown in the upper right-hand corner.

 

 

 

 

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Foley Brothers department store throws out the welcome mat for Santa Clara, Rice's firstopponent in the new  stadium, September, 1950.

 

 

 

 

 

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It's a packed house in the 50s.  Rice officials managed to park close to 15,000 cars in the open space surrounding
the stadium.

 

 

 

(B&W photos courtesy Glen Krajca-Radcliffe)

 

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