Rice Stadium (Rice University)
Rice Stadium in 2009, before construction of
|Former names||Houston Stadium|
|Location||6100 South Main Street|
($34.3 million in 2018 dollars)
|Architect||Hermon Lloyd & W.B. Morgan and Milton McGinty |
Rice Stadium is an
Architecturally, Rice Stadium is an example of
In 2006, Rice University upgraded the facility by switching from
High school football games, especially neutral-site playoff games, are frequently played at Rice Stadium. It can also be used as a concert venue.
Rice Stadium replaced
On July 2, 1988, Rice Stadium hosted a stop on the Monsters of Rock tour. The tour was headlined by
On September 12, 1962, Rice Stadium hosted the speech in which President
"But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does
Rice play Texas? We choose to go to the moon! We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."
Kennedy's comments implied Rice had a history of losing to Texas; however, the two football teams had split 5–5 in their previous 10 meetings and would tie the following month. On the other hand, Kennedy's comments about Rice-Texas might have been as forward-looking as his statements about going to the moon (which did occur in
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As originally built, Rice Stadium seated 70,000, the second-largest stadium in the
Around July 2015, construction began on the Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center. This building will make up the north end of the stadium, and contain a weight room, a home team locker room, coaching and staff offices. This will replace the north end seating, and lower possible capacity considerably. However, the seating removed consisted of crude concrete steps, and were rarely used. The building was named for donor and former Rice University football player and alumnus Brian Patterson.