Rice Stadium is the home of Rice Owls football program. Built with football in mind, the venue has excellent sightlines which helped it to be a host of the Super Bowl VIII where the Dolphins defeated the Vikings.
The building of the stadium was completed in 1950 and there are 47000 seats available with another 11000 that can be easily added if needed.
If one is after Rice Owls basketball tickets then the thrill begins at the Tudor Fieldhouse, a multi- purpose arena built in 1950 and renovated in 2008. There are over 5500 seats available and the arena is known for being a bit distracting to opponents thanks to a blue curtain at one side of the court and “Blue Army of Death” a group of team supporters.
The tradition of fielding a football program is just over 100 years old as the Rice University didn’t have a football program until 1912. Basketball was added shortly after in 1914. The university have been members of few conferences but since 2005, the Owls are in West Division of Conference USA, NCAA Division I (FBS for football).
The mascot representing the school is Sammy the Owl and its history goes back to 1917 when a large canvas owl was stolen from the university by a rival school. The Owls’ colours are blue and grey.
The main rivals of the Rice University are SMU, Houston Cougars, Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies.
Football program at Rice University has won 8 conference championships while maintaining all- time record of 463-581-32. The Owls took part in 12 Bowl games.
The first bowl game that Rice attended was at Cotton Bowl Classic in 1938 and it saw the Owls winning against Colorado. Their latest showing was at Hawaii Bowl where the Owls won against Fresno state in 2014. To date Rice are 7-5 in these contests.
Despite the lack of huge success and the university not being amongst the most popular destination, there have been quite a few Owls in the NFL including also players that are playing in NFL currently.
One of former Owls went onto being enshrined in Pro Football Hall of Fame and he played in NFL for 16 seasons. He is Don Maynard, drafted by the Giants in 1958 who spent 12 seasons playing as wide receiver for the New York Titans/ Jets. He was AFL champion in 1968, Super Bowl champion, four times AFL All- Star as well as AFL All- Star Game Offensive MVP. His 18.7 yards per catch is the highest for anyone with at least 600 catches. He amassed 11834 receiving yards in his career.
Basketball program at the Rice University struggled most of its existence, taking part in only 4 NCAA tournaments with their last appearance dating back to 1970. The highest the Owls advanced was in 1954 when they reached the Sweet Sixteen round.
Rice had been 10 times conference regular season champion but it all occurred before the move to current conference, when they played in Southwest Conference. Their latest trophy dates back to 1970.
There were 10 players chosen in NBA draft, the longest tenured Owl in NBA was Ricky Pierce who played for several NBA teams for 16 seasons during which he was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year twice, and NBA All- Star once.
There are other priorities at Rice University but despite not a lot effort put into the programs, the school was still able to produce some memorable seasons and some athletes that settled in the pro leagues well.