Falcon Stadium is an outdoor football stadium in the western United States, located on the campus of the U. S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is the field of the Air Force Falcons of the Mountain West Conference. From 1956 to 1961, Air Force played its games at various sites along the Front Range in Colorado. Most games were played in Denver at the University of Denvers stadium, but several were played in Colorado Springs, and CUs Folsom Field in Boulder. Planned in 1955, Falcon Stadium opened 55 years ago in 1962, at a cost of $3.5 million, the first game was on September 22, a 34–0 victory over Colorado State. It was officially dedicated four weeks on October 20, with a ceremony which included the Thunderbirds, the U. S. Air Force Academy lies at the base of the Rampart Range of the Rocky Mountains, northwest of adjacent Colorado Springs. Built into a bowl about two miles southeast and 500 feet below the cadet area, Falcon Stadium is approximately a mile west of Interstate 25.
The Walkup Skydome at FCS Northern Arizona in Flagstaff is slightly higher, in Division II, the Mountaineer Bowl of Western State Colorado in Gunnison exceeds them all at 7,769 feet. Falcon Stadium had a grass field for its first 44 years. Prior to the 2006 season, synthetic FieldTurf was installed at a cost of $750,000, natural grass now makes up the perimeter of the FieldTurf surface. The stadium has expanded twice, and the 2005 renovation lowered the total seating capacity. Permanent lighting was installed in Falcon Stadium in 2002 at a cost of $500,000, a new sound system was installed for the 2006 season. The scoreboard was removed after the 2015 season, and a new and this new board measures 312 tall by 828 wide, with a total surface area of more than 2500 sq. ft. When it was installed it was the largest in the Mountain West Conference, a second video board was installed behind the northeast stands prior to the 2016 season. Air Force Academy Official Athletic Site Air Force Sports. com - Falcon Stadium - Fan Guide Sports-Venue.
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque is the most populous city in the U. S. state of New Mexico. The high-altitude city serves as the county seat of Bernalillo County, the city population is 557,169 as of the July 1,2014 population estimate from the United States Census Bureau, and ranks as the 32nd-largest city in the U. S. The Albuquerque metropolitan statistical area has a population of 907,301 according to the United States Census Bureaus most recently available estimate for 2015, Albuquerque is the 60th-largest United States metropolitan area. The Sandia Mountains run along the side of Albuquerque. Albuquerque is the home of the International Balloon Fiesta, the worlds largest such gathering of hot-air balloons from around the globe, the event takes place during the first week of October. Albuquerque was named in honor of Francisco, Duke of Alburquerque, the growing village soon to become Albuquerque was named by provincial governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdés. Franciscos title referred to the Spanish town of Alburquerque, in the Spanish province of Badajoz, the name has two theories of origin which denote either Latin or Arabic roots.
The first of which derived from the Latin albus quercus meaning white oak and this name was probably in reference to the prevalence of cork oaks in the region, which have a white wood when the bark is removed. Alburquerque is still a center of the Spanish cork industry, another theory suggests that it may come from the Arabic Abu al-Qurq, which means father of the cork. The change was in due to the fact that citizens found the original name difficult to pronounce. Western folklore offers a different explanation, tracing the name Albuquerque to the Galician word albaricoque, the apricot was brought to New Mexico by Spanish settlers, possibly as early as 1743. As the story goes, the settlement was established near an apricot tree, as frontiersmen were unable to correctly pronounce the Galician word, it became corrupted to Albuquerque. The Tanoan and Keres peoples had lived along the Rio Grande for centuries before European settlers arrived in what is now Albuquerque, Albuquerque was founded in 1706 as the Spanish colonial outpost of Villa de Alburquerque.
Present-day Albuquerque retains much of its historical Spanish cultural heritage, Albuquerque was a farming community and strategically located military outpost along the Camino Real. The town was the center of the West. Spain established a presidio in Albuquerque in 1706, after 1821, Mexico had a military garrison there. The town of Alburquerque was built in the traditional Spanish village pattern, a plaza surrounded by government buildings, homes. This central plaza area has preserved and is open to the public as a museum, cultural area
LaVell Edwards Stadium
LaVell Edwards Stadium is an outdoor athletic stadium in Provo, Utah, on the campus of Brigham Young University. Primarily used for football, it is the home field of the BYU Cougars. The playing field is grass and is at an elevation of 4,649 feet above sea level. The field runs in the conventional direction, with the press box along the west sideline. The stadium opened on the end of campus in 1964 as Cougar Stadium, replacing a smaller,5. The seating capacity of the facility was just under 30,000 with stands on both sides of the playing field, Seating was soon added to make room for 35,000 fans. Temporary bleachers placed at the back of the end raised the capacity to 45,000. The playing field was lowered eight feet, and the track was removed to make room for six additional rows. Following the retirement of head coach LaVell Edwards after the 2000 football season, to increase revenue, the stadium was renovated in 2003 to provide more luxury seating, which resulted in a slight reduction of seating capacity to 64,045.
The luxury seating was an addition because the arrangement of blue. During summer 2010, the capacity of the stadium was reduced due to some renovations that allowed for more wheelchair accessibility. As of 2016, a crowd of 63,470 is considered a sellout at LaVell Edwards Stadium, prior to the 1982 expansion, the stadium hosted events for BYUs outdoor track and field teams. In fact, the hosted the NCAA Track and Field Championships in 1967 and 1975. Part of the largest collection of Jurassic period fossils in North America, the fossils have since been prepared and are on display in the BYU Museum of Paleontologys collection room. Anyone found entering the stadium after hours may be charged with trespassing, LaVell Edwards Stadium at BYUCougars. com Ballparks. com entry CollegeGridirons. com entry Stadium Seating and Eating Changes
2009 Armed Forces Bowl
The 2009 Armed Forces Bowl was the seventh edition of the college football bowl game, and was played at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. The game started at 12,00 PM US EST on Thursday, the game was telecast on ESPN and matched the Houston Cougars of Conference USA and the Air Force Falcons of the Mountain West Conference. The game earned a 1.6 rating and this was the second year in a row that the two teams finished their seasons against each other in the bowl game played on the TCU campus. The Cougars, the Conference USA runner-up after losing to East Carolina in the championship game, Air Force played in the Armed Forces Bowl for the third straight season. The Falcons lost 42-36 to California in the 2007 game, which was their first bowl appearance since 2002, each team made their third appearance in the bowl game. The game was originally to be a game for the Cougars. The game marked the first time that Houston had entered a game with a national ranking in the Coaches Poll since the 1979 season.
Air Force wore blue jerseys, and Houston wore home red jerseys with contrasting colors. This was the first bowl game in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season where teams wore contrasting color jerseys, the Falcons ground out 402 yards of rushing offense on their way to their first bowl victory since 2000. Air Force was led by tailbacks, Jared Tew who had 173 yards, Clark was named the games MVP. Keenum only had six interceptions in the first 12 games of the season, after Houston was held without a touchdown before halftime, Tyron Carrier returned the opening kickoff of the second half 79 yards for his fourth TD the season. He took the ball near the sideline, ran to the middle of the field before shooting through a gap. Air Force immediately responded with its first kickoff return for a touchdown since 1985, jonathan Warzeka fielded the ball and stepped back into the end zone before running 100 yards. Five Houston players got their hands on him, but couldnt get him down, according to STATS, it was only the sixth major college game since 1996 with kickoff return touchdowns on consecutive plays.
None of them had been in a bowl game, the loss for Houston was their ninth of its last 10 bowl games. The Falcons scored a school-record 47 points, the second-most by an academy in a bowl game. Navy put up 51 in the 2005 Poinsettia Bowl
2009 Houston Cougars football team
The 2009 Houston Cougars football team, known as the Houston Cougars, Houston, or UH, represented the University of Houston in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the 64th year of play for Houston. The team was coached by second year head coach, Kevin Sumlin. The team played its games at Robertson Stadium, a 32. The Cougars finished the season 10–4, 6–3 in CUSA play, were co–champions of the west division and they were invited to the Armed Forces Bowl where they lost to Air Force 47–20. It was the second year that they had played Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl. The 2008 season was head coach Kevin Sumlins inaugural season with the Cougars, the Cougars finished 3rd in Conference USAs West division with a 6–2 conference record and 8–5 overall record. The Cougars ended their season with a win against the Air Force Falcons in the Armed Forces Bowl and this marked the first time since 1980 that the Cougars won a bowl game, and ended their eight-game losing streak. In addition, the Cougars defeated two ranked teams, #23 East Carolina and #25 Tulsa, the former of which was on the road.
It was the first time the Cougars had defeated an opponent in an away game since the 1984 season. Another first since was the defeat of two ranked teams in one season. At the conclusion of the post-season, offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer graduated from Houston, phillip Hunt was signed to the Cleveland Browns. Houstons starting quarterback Case Keenum held the two rank for passing yards in the NCAA. The Cougars held Spring practices from March 24 to April 18,2008, on April 4, the team played a public scrimmage. The Cougars annual Red-White Game, which was the conclusion of the Spring practices, was halted after the first ten minutes of gameplay due to rainy weather conditions. ^A Denotes the largest crowd to have watched a game at Robertson Stadium in its current capacity. This was broken the next season, the Northwestern State Demons of the Southland Conference traveled to Houston to meet with the Cougars for the first time in school history. Head coach Bradley Dale Peveto, a former Houston defensive coordinator and assistant head coach, with the first five touchdowns for Houston resulting from the Cougars first five possessions, the Demons first first down occurred only after the score was 28–0 in the home teams favor
Annapolis is the capital of the U. S. state of Maryland, as well as the county seat of Anne Arundel County. Its population was measured at 38,394 by the 2010 census, the city served as the seat of the Continental Congress in 1783–84 and was the site of the 1786 Annapolis Convention and the Annapolis Peace Conference, held in 2007. Annapolis is the home of St. Johns College as well as the United States Naval Academy, a settlement in the Province of Maryland named Providence was founded on the north shore of the Severn River in 1649 by Puritan exiles from Virginia led by Governor William Stone. The settlers moved to a harbor on the south shore. The settlement on the shore was initially named Town at Proctors, Town at the Severn. In 1654, after the Third English Civil War, Parliamentary forces assumed control of Maryland, per orders from Charles Calvert, fifth Lord Baltimore, Stone returned the following spring at the head of a Cavalier force. On March 25,1655, in what is known as the Battle of the Severn, Stone was defeated, taken prisoner, Fendall governed Maryland during the latter half of the Commonwealth.
In 1660, he was replaced by Phillip Calvert as fifth/sixth Governor of Maryland), Annapolis was incorporated as a city in 1708. Water trades such as oyster-packing and sailmaking became the chief industries. Annapolis is home to a number of recreational boats that have largely replaced the seafood industry in the city. Dr. Alexander Hamilton was a Scottish-born doctor and writer who lived and worked in Annapolis, Annapolis became the temporary capital of the United States after the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. For the 1783 Congress, the Governor of Maryland commissioned John Shaw, the flag is slightly different from other designs of the time. The blue field extends over the height of the hoist. Shaw created two versions of the flag, one started with a red stripe and another that started with a white one. In 1786, delegates from all states of the Union were invited to meet in Annapolis to consider measures for the regulation of commerce. Delegates from only five states—New York, Virginia, New Jersey, the Philadelphia convention drafted and approved the Constitution of the United States, which is still in force.
During this period, a prisoner of war camp, Camp Parole, was set up in Annapolis. As the war continued, the camp expanded to a location just west of the city
Fort Worth, Texas
Fort Worth is the 16th-largest city in the United States and the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas. The city is in North Central Texas and covers nearly 350 square miles in the counties of Denton, Wise, according to the 2015 census, Fort Worths population is 833,319. The city is the second-largest in the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area, the city was established in 1849 as an Army outpost on a bluff overlooking the Trinity River. Today, Fort Worth still embraces its Western heritage and traditional architecture, USS Fort Worth is the first ship of the United States Navy named after the city. Fort Worth is home to the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, of note is the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, designed by Tadao Ando. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art, designed by Philip Johnson, the Sid Richardson Museum, redesigned by David M. Schwarz, has one of the most focused collections of Western Art in the U. S. emphasizing Frederic Remington and Charles Russell.
The Treaty of Birds Fort between the Republic of Texas and several Native American tribes was signed in 1843 at Birds Fort in present-day Arlington, Texas. Article XI of the treaty provided that no one may pass the line of trading houses without permission of the President of Texas and these trading houses were established at the junction of the Clear Fork and West Fork of the Trinity River in present-day Fort Worth. At this river junction, the U. S, War Department established Fort Worth in 1849 as the northernmost of a system of 10 forts for protecting the American Frontier following the end of the Mexican–American War. The City of Fort Worth continues to be known as where the West begins, originally 10 forts had been proposed by Major General William Jenkins Worth, who commanded the Department of Texas in 1849. In January 1849, Worth proposed a line of 10 forts to mark the western Texas frontier from Eagle Pass to the confluence of the West Fork, One month later, Worth died from cholera in South Texas.
General William S. Harney assumed command of the Department of Texas, Arnold to find a new fort site near the West Fork and Clear Fork. On June 6,1849, advised by Middleton Tate Johnson, established a camp on the bank of the Trinity River, in August 1849, Arnold moved the camp to the north-facing bluff, which overlooked the mouth of the Clear Fork of the Trinity River. The United States War Department officially named the post Fort Worth on November 14,1849, E. S. Terrell from Tennessee claimed to be the first resident of Fort Worth. The fort was flooded the first year and moved to the top of the bluff, the fort was abandoned September 17,1853. As a stop on the legendary Chisholm Trail, Fort Worth was stimulated by the business of the cattle drives, millions of head of cattle were driven north to market along this trail. Fort Worth became the center of the drives, and later. It was given the nickname of Cowtown, during Civil War, Fort Worth suffered from shortages of money and supplies
The Commander-in-Chiefs Trophy is awarded to each seasons winner of the American college football triangular series among the teams of the U. S. Military Academy, the U. S. Naval Academy, and U. S. Air Force Academy. The Navy–Air Force game is played on the first Saturday in October, the Army–Air Force game on the first Saturday in November. In the event of a tie, the award is shared, along with the Florida Cup, the Michigan MAC Trophy, and the Beehive Boot, the Commander-in-Chiefs Trophy is one of the few three-way rivalries that awards a trophy to the winner. Through 2016, the Air Force Falcons hold the most trophy victories at 20, the Army Black Knights trail with only six, their last came 21 years ago in 1996. The trophy has been shared on four occasions, last in 1993, prior to 1972, Air Force played Army in odd years and Navy in even years. The Commander-in-Chiefs trophy was the brainchild of Air Force General George B, first awarded in 1972 by President Richard Nixon, the trophy itself is jointly sponsored by the alumni associations of the three academies.
The trophy is named for the U. S. President, the President has personally awarded the trophy on a number of occasions. During the 1980s, for instance, President Ronald Reagan presented the award in an annual White House ceremony, in 1996, President Bill Clinton presented the trophy to the last winning Army team at Veterans Stadium after the Army–Navy Game. From 2003 to 2007, President George W. Bush presented the trophy to Navy teams at ceremonies in the White House. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the winner of the trophy, if eligible, was granted an invitation to the Liberty Bowl in Memphis. Navy was the first to five wins in 1981, while Army won its fifth in 1988, Air Force has led since their win in 1990, and dominated through 2002, with sixteen wins to Armys six. Winless in the series for two decades, Navy reeled off seven consecutive sweeps from 2003 through 2009 to draw close. In the annual series, Air Force plays a home game, Army–Navy is a neutral site game, usually in a major eastern city and most frequently in Philadelphia, it was last played on campus in 1942 and 1943, during World War II travel restrictions.
The other two federal service academies – the U. S. Coast Guard Academy and U. S, Merchant Marine Academy – do not participate in this competition. The Coast Guard Bears and Merchant Marine Mariners have a football rivalry for the Secretaries Cup. The trophy itself stands 2.5 feet high and weighs a hefty 170 lb, the design consists of three silver footballs in a pyramid-like arrangement, set on a circular base, with three arc-shaped sections cut out — one for each academy. In each of the cut-out areas stands a silver figurine of the mascot of one of the academies, in front of small, beneath each of the three silver footballs is the crest of one of the three academies
Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium
It was the home field of the Colorado State Rams of the Mountain West Conference from 1968 through 2016, the team is slated to move to Colorado State Stadium for the 2017 season. Future plans for Hughes Stadium are unknown but it is unlikely it will be left dormant, given away and it replaced the old Colorado Field, a 12, 000-seat on-campus stadium. Hughes Stadium sits in an oval bowl, with seating on three sides and an open grass berm behind the south endzone. The west stands are expanded out of the bowl and capped by a press box, the stadium is named for Harry W. Hughes, the head coach for 31 seasons at what was known as Colorado Agricultural. The playing surface itself was named in 2003 in honor of head coach Sonny Lubick, the winningest coach in school history, Lubick led the Rams for 15 seasons, winning six conference titles and nine bowl games. The stadium has a capacity of 32,500 with club seats and 12 luxury suites. The playing field, at an elevation of 5,190 feet above sea level, was natural grass for the stadiums first 38 seasons, FieldTurf was installed in the summer of 2006.
The first game at Hughes Stadium was played on September 28,1968, from October 1989 to August 1991, the Rams won eight consecutive games at the stadium, a school record. The last game at Hughes Stadium was played on November 19,2016, bob Dylan recorded the NBC television special and live concert album Hard Rain at Hughes Stadium during a rainstorm in May 1976. Attendance information for primary tenant, Colorado State Rams, Colorado State Stadium CSU Rams. com - Hughes Stadium Hughes Stadium page @ ballparks. com World Stadiums. com - photos - Hughes Stadium
2010 Air Force Falcons football team
The 2010 Air Force Falcons football team represented the United States Air Force Academy in the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by head coach Troy Calhoun and played their home games in Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs. They were members of the Mountain West Conference, Air Force defeated both Navy and Army, winning them the Commander-in-Chiefs Trophy for the first time since 2002. They finished the season 9–4, 5–3 in Mountain West play and they were invited to the Independence Bowl, where they defeated Georgia Tech, 14–7
Mountain West Conference
The Mountain West Conference is one of the collegiate athletic conferences affiliated with the NCAA Division I FBS. The MW officially began operations in July 1999, the MW covers a broad expanse of the Western United States, with member schools located in California, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming. Craig Thompson has served as Commissioner of the MW since its founding in 1999, before forming the Mountain West Conference, seven of its eight charter members had been longtime members of the Western Athletic Conference. Half of these had been members of that conference from 1962. Overall, each school that has ever been either a full or football-only member of the MW spent at least three years in the WAC before joining the Mountain West, the 2013–14 academic year was the 15th anniversary season of the MW. The WAC, which had announced plans to expand beyond its then-current 10 members to at least 12. Ultimately, the WAC took in three of the four SWC schools left out of the Big 12 merger—Rice University, Southern Methodist University, the newly expanded WAC was soon wracked by tension between the established and new members.
The final straw came in spring 1998, when BYU and Utah proposed a permanent split into two eight-team divisions, the WACs 16 teams had been divided into four four-team quadrants, two of which rotated between the Mountain and Pacific Divisions every two years. A two-division setup would have forced some schools into an unnatural alignment because of the distribution of the conference. Air Force was the most strident opponent of this proposal, threatening to become an independent and they invited the WAC members New Mexico, San Diego State, and UNLV, to join them in what became the Mountain West Conference. The next move for the MW came in 2005, when the conference added TCU, on June 11,2010, Boise State University agreed to join the conference as its tenth member. On June 17,2010, Utah announced it would be leaving the Mountain West to join what would become the Pac-12 Conference, both schools accepted and would become the tenth and eleventh members of the league. BYU announced on August 31,2010 that it would leave the Mountain West Conference and go Independent in football, on November 29,2010, TCU announced all athletic teams would move to the Big East Conference effective in 2012.
On December 10,2010, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa accepted a bid to become the 10th member of the conference for football only and these changes would leave the Mountain West Conference with 10 teams for the 2012 football season. However, two of the three schools that qualified are no longer with the conference, on October 14,2011, the Mountain West and C-USA announced a plan for a football only alliance. However, when the two discussed their plans with the NCAA, they were told that due to NCAA rules. As a result, the Mountain West and C-USA backed away from a full merger, in the end, this alliance never materialized due to both conferences soon adding new teams. On May 2,2012, San Jose State and Utah State agreed to join the conference for the 2013–14 academic year