Another Use for Rice Stadium

I’m still sick at home where, wasting time on the internet, I was very nearly drawn into a Facebook conversation about why we have an approximately 70,000 seat football stadium.   This did remind me of a possible alternative use for the space:

revival meetings!

Rice Stadium hosted the Billy Graham Crusade from November 8 to November 15, 1981. Average nightly attendance for the week was 18,000.

Not to comment on how they determine crowd size at our football games, but that looks like 18,000 actual human beings.

Bonus: News flash! They’ve repainted the front desk at Fondren.

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6 Responses to Another Use for Rice Stadium

  1. I remember it well. The campus was nearly inaccessible by car. I believe one of the reasons that the Shadyside homeowners association purchased and closed Remington and Longfellow Streets was because so many people were trying to cut through their neighborhoods.

  2. monicajcoe says:

    Have they ever used the stadium for open-air rock concerts? This could be a money-maker for Rice. Maybe a spring music festival with a series of bands???

  3. grungy1973 says:

    The story that I remember about the Graham crusade was that the “R” Room was knee-deep in cash, after they gave up on trying to manage the donations in an orderly fashion.

  4. Karen says:

    I remember that the event spanned November 13th, and the administration was extremely concerned that the stadium would be a tempting target for Club 13. As I recall, they threatened dire consequences if anyone dared approach the stadium a la mode.

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