University Stadium is an outdoor football stadium on the south campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. The home field of the New Mexico Lobos has been the host for every New Mexico Bowl since its inception is 2006. The inaugural game, on December 23, 2006, was the first Division I bowl game played in the state of New Mexico. The stadium had previously hosted the Division II national championship, named the Zia Bowl, in early December 1979 and 1980.
The stadium opened in September 1960 and currently has a seating capacity of 39,224. However, the capacity for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl is 37,457. The recently installed synthetic turf surface field runs in the traditional north-south configuration and sits at an elevation of 5,100 feet above sea level.
University Stadium boasts the largest video board in the Mountain West Conference as well as a newly installed state of the art sound system. The press box, located on the west side of the stadium, holds eight luxury suites and two levels of premium, covered seating. The L.F. “Tow” Diehm building sits at the south end of the field, housing a palatial suite, the US Bank End Zone Club, on the third floor and home team locker room on the first floor.
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