Day 47: Sun Bowl Stadium

By on November 15, 2013

sun bowl stadiumToday is Day 47 in the Countdown to UTEP’s Centennial Year.

Texas Western College began construction on a new football stadium in 1961.  The team had previously played on Kidd Field, but by 1960, the space was not sufficient for the football team or its fans.  Kidd Field allowed only 15-thousand seats.

The stadium was to be built on TWC land, saving El Paso County the cost of purchasing land.  In return, TWC would deed the land to the county at a low price, the County would construct the stadium, and TWC would be responsible for all maintenance costs.

The new 30-thousand seat stadium had expected to be ready for the 1962 football stadium, but labor-related issues delayed completion.  A new contractor was brought onboard with a projected completion date of February 1963.

More delays followed, and the stadium was finally open for business for the Miner’s first home game on September 21st, 1963 against the North Texas State Eagles.

More renovations have taken place over the decades including an increase in seating capacity to over 51-thousand.

The Sun Bowl has hosted the nation’s second-oldest college football bowl game, and the Sun Bowl Game has been continuously televised by CBS since 1968.

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Jessica Molinar Muñoz is the director of communications for UTEP's Centennial Office.