|Rice Stadium is one of three
university stadia to have hosted a Super Bowl.
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.)
Mayer Super Bowl VIII recap
Bowl VIII flashback
Super Bowl VIII
Rice Stadium as it looks today (upon the completion of '06 stadium improvements)
More '06 stadium pix....
Rice Stadium under construction in 1950,
viewed from West to East. Old Rice Field is shown in the upper right-hand corner.
Foley Brothers department store throws out the welcome mat
for Santa Clara, Rice's firstopponent in the new stadium, September, 1950.
It's a packed house in the 50s. Rice officials
managed to park close to 15,000 cars in the open space surrounding
(B&W photos courtesy Glen Krajca-Radcliffe)