A Football Stadium, Not Our Own

I’m playing a bit of hooky again today and posting images that aren’t directly Rice related. I found these in a file marked “Old Stadium” and have puzzled over them for a couple of years now. It certainly does appear to be an old stadium but it sure doesn’t look like our old stadium. I do have a strong suspicion that I know who took them and roughly when. They’re slides and based on their appearance I’m guessing that they were taken by J. Fred Duckett ’55 sometime in the mid to late 1950s.

Anyone know where this is?

New Old stadium c late40s

New Old Rice stadium south stands c late 40s

Bonus:

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10 Responses to A Football Stadium, Not Our Own

  1. loki_the_bubba says:

    I want to say this is Jeppesen Stadium taken from the east stands.

    • loki_the_bubba says:

      If I’m wrong, it sure is similar. The points, the track. And the other buildings in the back look like the old halls around Cullen.

    • loki_the_bubba says:

      Someone could have labeled it “Old Stadium” since the Cougars moved to the new stadium, Historic Rice Stadium.

  2. Agree about Jeppensen but it would have been ’60-64 since it is painted in Oiler Columbia Blue.

  3. almadenmike says:

    In the lower photo, the first two letters painted on the end zone appear to be “NE..” Might this be at one of the Oilers’ annual AFL games with the New York Titans? (The first three were held, according to Wikipedia entries, on Oct. 9, 1960 (attendance 16,151), Nov. 19, 1961 (33,428), and Oct. 14, 1962 (20,650).)

    In the upper photo, there’s a wider view of the end zone. While I can’t make out many letters, they don’t appear to spell out “NEW YORK”. Possible these two photos were taken at different Oilers games at Jeppessen?

  4. vkbenson says:

    The first photo is reversed. The letters in the end zone are “uston” (Houston), but they are reversed. Also the yard-line markers are reversed with the units digit “0” preceding the tens digit, also reversed. The first photo is most likely an Oilers game, as UofH would have been wearing there red home jerseys. The second photo is probably an Oilers game also, given the “New York” in the end zone, which is the opposite end zone from the one is the first photo.

  5. Richard Schafer says:

    Any guess what does 3:04 means?

  6. loki_the_bubba says:

    Why 3:04?

  7. grungy1973 says:

    3:04 is likely when the photo was taken.
    The preMOB did this in a show as well, imitating what was then the novelty of a digital display in front of (usually) a bank.
    The preMOB practiced all of the numbers required, and then formed the appropriate ones during halftime.
    Then they formed the temperature (two digits and the letter “F”).

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