The stadium, named for the game it hosts, was opened in September 1963 with a Texas Western win over North Texas State. The opening play was a 54-yard touchdown run by Larry Durham of the Miners. It originally sat 30,000, with only the sideline grandstands. The current press box was added in 1969 and the stadium reached the capacity of 52,000 in 1982 with the addition of the north end zone stands and the expansion of the east stands The south end zone is still vacant with the ground of the bowl covered with the school's logos. In 2001 hundreds of seats were removed as part of a re-configuration of the seating bowl in order for soccer to be played at the stadium, lowering the capacity to its current figure of 51,500.
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