Eastern Washington Eagles football
The Eastern Washington Eagles football team represents Eastern Washington University in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. The Eastern Eagles are members of the Big Sky Conference and play at Roos Field, Eastern Washington University began fielding a football team in 1901, when the school was known at the time as the State Normal School and the team mascot was the Savages. Easterns first national affiliation came with joining the NAIA, Eastern competed in the NAIA until 1977, along the way advancing to the NAIA Football National Championship finals in 1967, losing to Fairmont State 28-21. This marked Eastern Washingtons first appearance in a championship game at any level of competition. During this time period, the school would undergo changes to its identity. The school name would change in 1937 to the Eastern Washington College of Education, the final change to the school name came in 1977 when the school was renamed Eastern Washington University. In 1973, the student body voted to make Eastern’s mascot the Eagles, shortly before that, the Eastern Board of Trustees declared Savages, its mascot through its first 92 years, no longer acceptable.
Eagles are native to eastern Washington and thus a logical choice for a replacement, Eastern joined the NCAA in 1978, and participated at the Division II level as an independent until 1984, when they moved up to Division I-AA, as an independent. Denied membership to the Big Sky Conference in May 1985, Eastern was extended an invitation in December 1986 to join, Eastern continues to participate in the Big Sky to this day and is now the sixth-most tenured member of the conference. The 2010 season would mark a number of firsts for Eastern Washingtons football program, the offseason would see a highly publicized move to install a red turf playing surface, the first of its kind in the country. Eastern would utilize the excitement and energy surrounding the program to complete its finest season of competition in the programs history, the 2010 season concluded with Eastern Washingtons first appearance in the FCS Championship Game. The Eagles defeated the Delaware Blue Hens 20-19 in Frisco, Texas to win the schools first national championship in football, the EWU football team plays at Roos Field, opened in 1967 and recently expanded and renovated in 2004 and 2010 to seat 11,702.
The stadium was originally named Woodward Field in honor of former Eagles head football and basketball coach Arthur C and it replaced the original Woodward Field, which was located near the present JFK Library. On May 20,2010 the Eastern Washington Board of Trustees approved a change to Roos Field. Installation of the red synthetic turf was completed in September 2010, Eastern Washingtons red playing surface is known as The Inferno. The nickname was chosen through a vote conducted by Eastern on its athletic website, goeags. com. Voting began on August 4,2010 and allowed fans to choose from seven proposed names, red sea, red zone, big red, red carpet, ring of fire and lava pit. Inferno finished as the top choice and the nickname was revealed at the first home game with the new field on September 18,2010
Providence Park is an outdoor sports venue located in the Goose Hollow neighborhood of Portland, United States. The MLS Portland Timbers and NWSL Portland Thorns FC soccer teams use the facility as their home pitch, the NCAA Division I FCS Portland State Vikings football team uses the park during the Big Sky season. Originally, the park was owned by the Multnomah Athletic Club, in the 1950s, the PCL Portland Beavers baseball team moved out of Vaughn Street Park into what was known as Multnomah Stadium. In 1966, the city purchased the stadium and renamed it Civic Stadium and it was renovated in 2001 to accommodate the Beavers, who had not played at the park since the early 1990s. The naming rights of the stadium were purchased by Portland General Electric, in 2010, the park underwent renovations again, this time so it could accommodate the Portland Timbers MLS franchise and a year the rights to the stadiums name were sold, this time to Jeld-Wen. In 2014, the name was changed again to Providence Park after Providence Health & Services bought the naming rights.
The stadium sits on a block bounded by Southwest Morrison Street, Southwest 18th Avenue, the Multnomah Athletic Club building and Southwest Salmon Street. Providence Park is a stadium which houses the MLS Portland Timbers, NWSL Portland Thorns. The stadium underwent a $31 million renovation in late 2010 and early 2011, the stadium is owned by the City of Portland, and is managed by Peregrine Sports, LLC, the entity that owns the Timbers and Thorns. Prior to the 2011 MLS season, the stadium was renamed Jeld-Wen Field from PGE Park, in a partnership with Klamath Falls, Jeld-Wen is a manufacturer of windows and doors, leading to the stadiums nickname, The House of Pane. In 2014, the stadium was renamed Providence Park after a partnership with Providence Health & Services was announced, the Multnomah Athletic Club, an athletic club in downtown Portland, stands next door, the windows of the north side of the clubs building overlook the field. The Interstate 405 freeway in Portland is known locally as the Stadium Freeway, in addition, the Providence Park MAX Light Rail station is across the street.
The property slopes significantly downhill from the end to the north end. The stadium is home to the Portland Timbers of MLS, Portland Thorns FC of NWSL. The Portland Beavers minor league team of the Pacific Coast League moved into the stadium in 1956 after playing several seasons at Vaughn Street Park. From 1973 to 1977 the independent Portland Mavericks of the Northwest League played their games at the stadium. Actor Kurt Russell was an infielder for the Mavericks, the Beavers returned to Portland in 1978 until 1993 when they were moved out of the city again. The Class A Portland Rockies were established in 1995 and played at the park until 2000 when they were moved and renamed the Tri-City Dust Devils
Cowboy Stadium is a 17, 610-seat multi-purpose stadium in Lake Charles, Louisiana. It is home to the McNeese State Cowboys football team, and is referred to as The Hole. It was transformed for the 2008 season to artificial turf, the playing surface is named Louis Bonnette Field, in honor of McNeeses longtime sports information director. Louis son, succeeded him in the post and continues to hold it as of July 2016, jack V. Dolan Field House officially opened in September,2011. The new state of the art $8.25 million field house more than doubled the size of the field house. It includes climate-controlled seating and a club room
Idaho State Bengals football
The Idaho State Bengals football program represents Idaho State University in college football and plays its home games at Holt Arena, an indoor facility on campus in Pocatello, Idaho. Idaho State is a member of the Big Sky Conference in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Through the 2011 season, the Bengals have a record of 451–472–20. After a winless 0–11 season in 1979, Bud Hake was fired three years and a 5–28 record. Dave Kragthorpe was hired as coach for the 1980 season. The following season, ISU won the Division I-AA Championship, following two playoff victories at home, the Bengals defeated Eastern Kentucky 34–23 in the Pioneer Bowl at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas. The quarterback during the 12–1 championship season was senior Mike Machurek, Machurek spent over three seasons with the Detroit Lions, and had treatment for skin cancer during the second. Idaho State returned to the I-AA playoffs in 1983, but lost 27–20 at home in the first round to conference champion Nevada-Reno, the Bengals have not made another playoff appearance, although they were tri-Big Sky champions in 2002, all at 5–2 in conference play.
ISU was passed over for the playoffs, for Montana and Montana State, following the 2010 season, head coach John Zamberlin was fired after four seasons and Mike Kramer was hired as ISUs 25th head football coach. During his first season in 2011 the Bengals won only two games, Kramer was formerly the head coach at Eastern Washington and Montana State. Among his assistants are former University of Alabama football players Todd Bates and Rudy Griffin, on March 30,2017, Kramer resigned as head coach of the Bengals. The Idaho State Athletic Department promoted offensive coordinator Rob Phenicie to head coach, Idaho State formerly had spirited intrastate rivalries with both the University of Idaho and Boise State University, when all three schools were members of the Big Sky Conference. The Bengals claim a rivalry with the Montana Grizzlies of Missoula and they were National Champions in 1981. The Bengals have had five two-time All-Americans, wide receiver Ed Bell, defensive end Josh Hays, placekicker Pete Garces, defensive end Jared Allen, Allen won the prestigious Buck Buchanan Award in 2003 as the top defensive player in the nation in Division 1-AA.
Wide receiver Rodrick Rumble was an All-American in 2011, a season in which he broke the Big Sky conference record for receptions with 112, return specialist Tavoy Moore was given first-team All-American honors by the American Football Coaches Association for the 2010 season. Punter Jon Vanderwielen earned several All-American honors in 2009, the Bengals play home games in Holt Arena, an indoor multi-purpose athletic stadium located on the north end of the ISU campus. Completed in September 1970, Holt Arena is the oldest enclosed stadium on a campus in the United States. Only the Houston Astrodome, completed in 1965, predates it, the indoor arena was conceived by ISU athletic director Milton W. Dubby Holt in 1966
Wyoming Cowboys football
The Wyoming Cowboys are a college football team that represents the University of Wyoming. They compete in the Mountain West Conference of the Football Bowl Subdivision of NCAA Division I and have won 15 conference titles, the head coach is Craig Bohl, who entered his first season in 2014. War Memorial Stadium was built in 1950 with an capacity of 20,000 fans. It is the highest Division I FBS football stadium in the nation, the playing surface was natural grass until 2005, when infilled artificial turf was installed. Prior to War Memorial Stadium, the Cowboys played at Corbett Field, a field located southeast of Half Acre Gym where the Business Building. It was named for John J. Corbett, longtime all-sport coach, the field was the first official stadium for the Cowboys, previously they had played on Prexys Pasture, the main green of the school. The Bronze Boot is awarded to the winner of the football game between Wyoming and Colorado State, in nearby Fort Collins. The annual game has evolved into one of the most bitterly contested rivalries in college football.
The teams have waged the Border War one hundred times since the schools playing in 1899, playing every year except 1901,1902,1906,1907,1918,1924,1926,1927,1928,1943,1944. This is one of the oldest interstate rivalries west of the Mississippi River, the series is the oldest rivalry for both schools and the Border War has been played in three different centuries. The Paniolo Trophy is awarded to the winner of the football games played between Wyoming and Hawaii. This rivalry started in 1979 when Hawaii joined the WAC conference and was played annually until 1997, Hawaii joined the MWC as a football-only affiliate member in 2012, renewing the rivalry. Bridgers Battle is the name for the football games played between Wyoming and Utah State, the winner of which is awarded the trophy of the rivalry. The rivalry started in 1903, and renewed as a game in 2013 when Utah State joined the Mountain West Conference. Mike Dirks - tackle - part of one of footballs best defenses in 1966 and 1967. He was selected as an All-American and All-Western Athletic Conference performer and he co-captained Wyomings 1967 WAC Championship football team that finished fifth in the nation.
Led the Cowboys to a 10-1 record and berth in the 1968 Sugar Bowl and he was part of the Cowboys line that was the nations best rushing defense for two consecutive seasons. No team in the nation has since allowed fewer rushing yards than the 1966 and 1967 Wyoming defenses, Dirks produced 71 tackles,30 unassisted tackles, and 26 tackles for a loss
NCAA Division I Football Championship
The NCAA Division I Football Championship is an American college football tournament played each year to determine the champion of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Prior to 2006, the game was known as the NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship, the FCS is the highest division in college football to hold a playoff tournament sanctioned by the NCAA to determine its champion. The four-team playoff system used by the Bowl Subdivision is not sanctioned by the NCAA, the reigning national champions are the James Madison Dukes, who had previously won in 2004. When Division I-AA was formed for football in 1978, the playoffs included just four teams, in 1982 the I-AA playoffs were expanded to 12 teams, with each of the top four seeds receiving a first-round bye and a home game in the quarterfinals. In its ninth season of 1986, the I-AA playoffs were expanded again to a 16-team format, eight conference champions received automatic bids, with the remaining eight bids available on an at-large basis.
The field is set the Sunday before Thanksgiving and play begins that weekend. The top four teams are seeded, the matchups are not strictly set up by these seedings as geographic considerations are taken into account to minimize travel. In April 2008 the NCAA announced that the field would again expand to include 20 teams beginning in 2010. At the same time, it announced that the number of conferences receiving automatic bids would increase to 10, the structure adopted included eight teams playing in four first round games. The four first round advance to the second Round of Sixteen where they play the top four seeds. The playoffs expanded to 24 teams beginning with the 2013 season, the tournament has historically been played in November and December, with the 2010 expansion to a 20-team field, the championship game moved from December to January. The title game is now played in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas at Toyota Stadium, the original contract with Frisco began in the 2010 season and ran through the 2012 season.
The contract has since been extended twice, first through the 2015 season, three Football Championship Subdivision conferences usually do not participate in the tournament. The teams that make the playoffs are determined by the FCS Playoff Selection Committee, the current committee chairman is Mark Wilson. The others who serve on the committee are Chuck Burch, Troy Dannen, Brian Hutchinson, Richard Johnson, Nathan Pine, Marty Scarano, Paul Schlickmann, Dr. Brad Teague. ++ The MEAC Champion, since 2015, forgoes its automatic bid to allow its champion to participate in the Celebration Bowl, non-champions are eligible for at-large bids. % The SWAC abstains from the tournament to allow for a longer regular season, an in-conference championship game. † Known as University of Louisiana at Monroe since 1999, ‡ Now Toyota Stadium * Toyota Stadium capacity reduced due to construction ^ Now a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision
The J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome is an indoor multi-purpose stadium located on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Opened 40 years ago in September 1977, it is the home of the NAU Lumberjacks football and basketball teams of the Big Sky Conference, the seating capacity is 11,230, with 10,000 permanent seats and 1,230 seats in portable bleachers. During its first football season it hosted five games, with an attendance of 13,029. NAU football was played outdoors on natural grass at Lumberjack Stadium. The dome hosted the Big Sky mens basketball tournament in 1987,1997,1998, for its first six years, the Walkup Skydome was the worlds largest clear-span timber dome, until the completion of the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington, in 1983. The architect was Wendell Rossman of Phoenix, responsible for other buildings on the surrounding NAU campus. The wood used in construction of Walkup Skydome was Southern Yellow Pine, the Skydome is named after J. Lawrence Walkup, the president of NAU from 1957 to 1979, a period of tremendous growth for the university.
During an era of tight budgets in the mid-1970s, he creatively coordinated financing for the venue, the athletic director at NAU at the time was Hank Anderson, who served from 1974 through 1983. The two-year-old Skydome was named for Walkup after his retirement in 1979, the playing surface is at an elevation of 6,880 feet above sea level, second only to Wyomings War Memorial Stadium, by 335 feet. Originally AstroTurf, the surface for football was changed to infilled FieldTurf in 2002. Besides sporting events, the arena is used for commencement ceremonies, concerts. The arena floor features 97,000 square feet of space, the Walkup Skydome is used by the NFLs Arizona Cardinals during their summer training camp, held at NAU. The Cardinals are able to move inside to practice when the weather is unsuitable outdoors. The building underwent a renovation from December 2010 to September 2011 at a cost of $26 million. The scope of the project included bringing the fire and safety up to code while remodeling the bathrooms, offices, locker rooms, the athletic training and equipment on the main floor were remodeled and three elevators were added to the complex.
Fans now enter the building to a view of the field on the East and west concourses. Capacity was reduced to 10,000 but now feature 21-inch wide chair back seating, list of convention centers in the United States Official website NAU Athletics – official site – facilities
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. The 2010 census put Bozemans population at 37,280 and the 2015 census estimate put the population at 43,405 making it the fourth largest city in the state. It is the city of the Bozeman, MT Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is the largest Micropolitan Statistical Area in Montana and is the third largest of all of Montana’s statistical areas, the city is named after John M. Bozeman who established the Bozeman Trail and was a key founder of the town in August 1864. The town became incorporated in April 1883 with a city form of government. Bozeman was elected an All-America City in 2001 by the National Civic League, Bozeman is a college town, home to Montana State University. The local newspaper is the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, and the city is served by Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, william Clark visited the area in July 1806 as he traveled east from Three Forks along the Gallatin River.
The party camped 3 miles east of what is now Bozeman, the journal entries from Clarks party briefly describe the future citys location. Red Clouds War closed the Bozeman Trail in 1868, but the fertile land attracted permanent settlers. In 1866 Nelson Story, a successful Virginia City, Story braved the hostile Bozeman Trail to successfully drive some 1000 head of longhorn cattle into Paradise Valley just east of Bozeman. Eluding the U. S. Army, who tried to turn Story back to protect the drive from hostile Indians, Story established a sizable ranch in the Paradise Valley and holdings in the Gallatin Valley. He donated land to the state for the establishment of Montana State University – Bozeman, Fort Ellis 45°39′16″N 110°56′35″W, el.4,987 feet was established in 1867 by Captain R. S. In addition to Fort Ellis, a fort, Fort Elizabeth Meagher, was established in 1867 by volunteer militiamen. The first library in Bozeman was formed by the Young Mens Library Association in a room above a drugstore in 1872 and it moved to the mayors office and was taken over by the city in 1890.
The first Grange meeting in Montana Territory was held in Bozeman in 1873, the Northern Pacific Railway reached Bozeman from the east in 1883. By 1900 Bozemans population reached 3,500, in 1892 the U. S. Bureau of Fisheries established a fish hatchery on Bridger Creek at the entrance to Bridger Canyon. Montana State University - Bozeman was established in 1893 as the states land-grant college, by the 1920s, the institution was known as Montana State College, and in 1965 it became Montana State University. Bozemans first high school, the Gallatin Valley High School, was built on West Main Street in 1902, in the early 20th century, over 17,000 acres of the Gallatin Valley were planted in edible peas harvested for both canning and seed