BYU football: Cougars have played many neutral-site games in NFL stadiums over the years

Published: Wednesday, July 3 2013 2:33 p.m. MDT

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Formerly known simply as Anaheim Stadium, this venue is the current home to the L.A. Angels of Anaheim and the former home of the Los Angeles Rams. The stadium regularly is referred to locally as "The Big A."

In the late 1970s, the Los Angeles Rams moved to Anaheim Stadium from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum because they had trouble filling the Coliseum and its 100,000 seats on even the best of days.

Throughout the 1970s and 80s, the Rams called Anaheim Stadium and its 40,000 seats home, but discontinued its use in 1994 when the franchise packed up and moved to St. Louis. No football games have since been played in the home of the L.A. Angels.

BYU's history with the stadium spans 12 years and five appearances, three of which were considered neutral-site games. The two other games were against Long Beach State University, which discontinued its football program in 1991.

BYU neutral-site games in Angel Stadium of Anaheim:

Dec. 30, 1986: UCLA (Freedom Bowl)
Dec. 29, 1988: Colorado (Freedom Bowl)
Aug. 29, 1991: Florida State (Pigskin Classic)
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Wilsonville, OR

So, games in the LA Coliseum with USC are neutral site games? Where does USC play its home games? And games with ASU in Sun Devil Stadium are neutral site games? Where is the Sun Devils' home field? How could you forget the Cougars beating the Sooners in Cowboy Stadium a couple of years back?

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Playing in NFL stadiums just gets our players ready to play in the NFL. We've put more players in the NFL except for USC.

Cool Cat Cosmo
Payson, UT

@ iNKspot: See the above note at the end of the article:

Note: Several matchups between other universities and the Cougars were played in current and former NFL stadiums but cannot be considered neutral-site games because those venues also served as the home venue for BYU's opponent at the time. Those matchups were:

Oct. 2, 1976: 8-0 win vs. San Diego State at San Diego Stadium (San Diego Chargers)
Nov. 9, 1979: 31-17 win vs. Long Beach State at Anaheim Stadium (L.A. Rams)...

The author explicitly said that said list was of the sites that could count (but DO NOT) because they house BOTH NFL and collegiate teams.

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