One question is incorrect. The old stadium was located on the hillside where
the Richards Building now stands- not the Tanner Building. The press box is
still there (or at least was 15 years ago). It is now being used as a
non-descript storage building. The top row where the seating was is still there
too. You can see where they cut off the bleacher supports from the concrete.
Just one of the many interesting places I got to examine working as a student
employee in the physical facilities department.
Man, you missed the best question ever, compared to "what time" one of
the games started, as if that really means anything. One year before the
stadium was expanded and they set up bleachers in the end zones, there was an
advertiser that had a hot air balloon tethered to a small pick up truck just
behind the south end zone temporary bleachers. A wind came up and snapped the
cable and the balloon started taking a path northward. The basket literally
bounced through the Cougar Band sitting on the bleachers and the balloon got
caught in the south goal post. They had to cut it apart and the guy lost his
balloon and it bent the goal posts, so at the end if it had come down to a last
second field goal attempt, they would have had to use the north goal posts.
That would have favored the visitor as they were the team moving south, against
the wind. Lavell Edwards said they were lucky it didn't come down to that
because the Y's defense held them out further up-field. You really missed
an opportunity to ask a question about it---I doubt anyone who witnessed it has
ever forgotten it, is was SOOO entertaining and actually delayed the game by
about a half hour. Look it up!!