|The Sun Bowl|
Sun Bowl Stadium in the foreground; Kidd Field is in the background
|Location|| Sun Bowl Drive|
El Paso, Texas 79968
|Broke ground||August 1, 1961|
|Opened||September 21, 1963|
|Owner||University of Texas El Paso|
|Operator||University of Texas El Paso|
|Surface|| AstroPlay 2001 to present|
AstroTurf 1974 to 2000
grass 1963 to 1973
|Construction cost|| $275,000 (approximate, original)|
($NaN in 2019 dollars)
|Architect|| Garland & Hilles|
Carroll & Daeuble
|General Contractor||Ponsford Brothers|
|Tenants|| UTEP Miners (NCAA) (1963–present)|
Hyundai Sun Bowl Game (NCAA) (1963–present)
El Paso Patriots (USL PDL) (1989–2001)
Texas vs. The Nation Game (NCAA) (2007–present)
El Paso ISD (selected games)
|Capacity|| 51,500 (2001-present)|
The Sun Bowl is an outdoor football stadium, on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso. It is home to the UTEP Miners of Conference USA, and the late December college football bowl game, the Sun Bowl. The stadium was opened in 1963 and has a current seating capacity of 51,500.
The land on which the stadium sits was originally donated by the university to El Paso County, Texas, who built the stadium for the school and the Sun Bowl game. Both had previously used Kidd Field, the school's current track and field stadium, which only seats 15,000. The city had realized that the game could not expand its audience or the list of teams that it could invite without a bigger stadium, so the Sun Bowl was built in a natural bowl lying to the west of the old stadium. The AstroPlay playing field runs nearly north–south (tilted about 10 degrees NW-SE) and is at an elevation of 3910 feet (1191 m) above sea level.
It originally sat 30,000, with only the sideline grandstands. The current press box was added in 1969, and the stadium reached the capacity of 52,000 in 1982 with the addition of the north endzone stands and the expansion of the east stands (The south endzone is still vacant, with the ground of the bowl covered with the school's logos.) The school retook control of the land and stadium in 2001. Also in 2001, hundreds of seats were removed as part of a re-configuration of the seating bowl in order for soccer to be played at the stadium, which lowered capacity to its current figure of 51,500.
For a short time before moving to Dudley Field, it was the home to PDL franchise, the El Paso Patriots. They now play at Patriot Stadium.
On February 2, 2007, the stadium hosted the first ever Texas vs. The Nation all star college football game. The Nation team defeated the Texas team by a score of 24–20.
- UTEP Athletics – Sun Bowl Stadium
- Aerial photo (& topographic map) of UTEP campus from USGS The National Map
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