LaVell Edwards Stadium plays a role of the home venue for the Brigham Young Cougars. The stadium was opened in 1964 and through several renovations it reached the capacity of over 63500 seats. For the Brigham Young Cougars ticket owners it is worth noting that the stadium is located over 1400 meters above the sea level so thinner air might cause a bit of a whirl in one’s head.
Basketball fans can rest assured there will be plenty of seats available as there is 19000 seats available after recent reductions in seating chart that allowed further expansion of the venue to allow more comfortable seating areas.
Brigham Young Cougars are located in West Coast Conference (except few branches that include football, where the gridiron guys are members of Independent Conference) in Division I.
Football’s first season occurred in 1922, twenty years after the basketball program started here. The team’s colours are blue, gray and white and their mascot is Cosmo the Cougars. The program’s main rivals are Utah Utes and Utah State Aggies.
The football team had won one national title (1984) and had amassed 23 Conference titles, the last one coming from 2007. The Cougars appeared in 34 Bowls with a combined record of 13-20-1, the most appearances they encountered in Holiday Bowl, 11 with a record of 4-6-1.
With so much team success to go around, the program had fielded one Heisman Trophy winner in Ty Detmer, a quarterback who went most of his career as a back-up after setting several NCAA records during his time with the Cougars.
Steve Young is one of the most known Cougars who made a career in NFL. He played as quarterback for 15 seasons, starting in LA Express, he quickly became starting quarterback for the 49ers leading them to three Super Bowls and for himself winning NFL MVP in 1992 and 1994 and also winning MVP of Super Bowl XXIX among many other accomplishments. Until just recently, Young had held the record for career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback but Cam Newton dethroned him.
Cougars do make a good case for quarterback success as Jim McMahon, who played under the center in NFL for several teams won two Super Bowls for two different teams but strangely enough the wins happened against the same team, the Patriots.
There has been even more great NFL careers coming out of the Brigham Young University but basketball program has not been staying behind with combined 29 trips to NCAA tournaments that resulted in 7 Sweet Sixteen showings and 3 Elite Eight occurrences that to date remain the Cougars best accomplishment.
Throw in three Conference tournament championships and 27 regular season championships and it is a wonder how little greats of NBA the program had produced. Some of them are Danny Ainge and Jimmer Fredette.
Ainge was drafted by Boston Celtics and had won two NBA titles with them along being named to NBA All- Star game. He retired from basketball in 1995 playing for the Suns and became their coach season later.
Fredette on the other hand has still many years of playing ahead. Picked the Bucks in 2011 draft he started journey through teams in 2014. He briefly played in NBA D League where he was picked to All- Star game where he won MVP award.
Despite shorter history it looks like the football program had managed to squeeze more individual talent out of successful teams the college has fielded through many years.