Music - Velcro Fly by ZZ Top
Photographed in 1982, 1990, 1994 and 2000 using film. Photographed in 2016 using digital.
Rice Stadium - Opened in 1950 and still in use by the Rice Owls football team. Rice Stadium replaced Rice Field as the home for Owls football. Rice Field still exists, although now it has a much smaller capacity and is used by the Rice University track and soccer teams. It is now known as Rice Track / Soccer Stadium. And is located in back of Reckling park.
Location - 6100 S. Main St. Houston, Texas Off University Blvd. and Loop Road on the southwest side of the Rice University campus.
Needing a facility to replace the outdated Rice Field, the University had Rice Stadium constructed. The Stadium opened in 1950 and has been the home to Rice Owls football ever since. The stadium hosted the Bluebonnet Bowl from 1959 thru 1967. The game was moved to the Astrodome in 1968. They brought the Bluebonnet bowl back to Rice Stadium for 2 more games, in 1985 and 1986. It moved back to the Astrodome for one more game in 1987 before being disbanded. The game at the dome was called the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl. Rice shared home field with the nearby University of Houston from 1951 thru 1964. Rice shared home field with the nearby University of Houston from 1951 thru 1964. The stadium was also home to the Houston Oilers of the old AFL from 1965 to 1967.
Most people remember Rice Stadium hosting Super Bowl VIII. The game was played on January 13, 1974 and it pitted the Miami Dolphins against the Minnesota Vikings. Bottom line is the Dolphins blew out the Vikings 24-7. The game wasn't as close as the score indicated. A historic note, this was the last Super Bowl to feature goalposts at the front of the end zone. Another note is that this was one of the coldest Super Bowls ever played. The game time temperature was 50 degrees and windy.
Another lasting memory of Rice Stadium is a political one. It was here on September 12, 1962 that President John F. Kennedy challenged America to meet his goal by putting a man on the moon within 10 years. On a personal note, I can proudly say that my father Bill Busser helped achieve that goal. My dad was an electrical supervisor for NAA and Rockwell. He worked on the Gemini and Apollo projects helping man land on the moon. He also was an electrical supervisor for all the Space Shuttles.
Downtown Houston from the upper deck at Rice Stadium.
Rice Stadium on a completely soggy rainy day in August.