Facilities

    Photo Gallery

    Opened
    Sept. 18, 1942

    Closed

    Nov. 24, 2012

    First Houston Game

    Southwest Louisiana 13, Houston 7 - Sept. 21, 1946

    Final Houston Game

    Houston 40, Tulane 17 - Nov. 24, 2012

    First Houston Win

    Houston 34, Texas A&I 0 - Oct. 12, 1946

    First Game

    Lamar High School 26, Dallas Adamson 7 - Sept. 18, 1942

    All-Time Home Record

    72-44-1 (62.0%)

    Dedication

    Dedicated on May 3, 1970 in honor of Corbin J. Robertson, chairman of the UH athletic committee for 20 years and driving force behind establishment and success of UH athletics.

    Largest UH Crowd

    32,413 vs. Southern Miss, 12/3/2011

    Largest Crowd

    37,981, Dallas Texans vs. Houston Oilers 12/3/1962

    Memorable Dates

    1942

    Public School Stadium opens

    Sept. 18, 1942

    First Game: Lamar High School 26, Dallas Adamson 7

    1946-50

    Home of the Cougars

    Sept. 21, 1946

    First Houston Game: Louisiana-Lafayette 13, Houston 7

    1958

    Renamed Jeppesen Stadium

    1964

    Houston 10, Texas A&M 0

    1960-65

    Home of the Houston Oilers of the AFL

    Jan. 1, 1961

    Houston Oilers defeat the Los Angeles Chargers 24-16 in AFL's first title game

    Dec. 23, 1962

    Dallas Texans defeat Houston Oilers 20-17 (OT) in front of 37,981.

    1970

    University of Houston purchases Jeppesen Stadium

    May 3, 1980

    Dedicated Robertson Stadium

    1983

    NCAA Track and Field Championships

    1986

    U.S. Olympic Sports Festival

    1989

    U.S. Outdoor Championships

    Sept. 9 1995

    Cougars play Louisiana Tech to celebrate opening of Athletics/Alumni Center

    1999

    Dedicated O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium after $6-million gift from John and Julie O'Quinn.

    Dec. 1, 2006

    Houston hosts the Conference USA Championship, defeating Southern Miss 34-20 for the league title.

    Dec. 3, 2011

    Undefeated Cougars host Southern Miss in the C-USA Championship, falling 49-28 in front of a record crowd of 32,413.

    Nov. 24, 2012

    Houston plays its final game in Robertson Stadium and comes away with a 40-17 win over Tulane. The Cougars close their all-time record in the stadium at 72-44-1.

    Dec. 3, 2012

    Demolition of the 70-year old Robertson Stadium officially begins.

    Robertson Stadium Information

    • Robertson Stadium was a joint project of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a federal agency created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal.
    • HISD purchased the land (60 acres) now bound by Holman, Cullen (formerly St. Bernard's street), Elgin and Wheeler Streets for $75,000 - an average of $1,253 per acre.
    • Renamed Jeppesen Stadium in 1958 in honor of Holger Jeppesen, a longtime member of the Houston School Board.
    • 1960 K.S. "Bud" Adams, new owner of Houston Oilers in the American Football league, signed a lease to play home games at Robertson Stadium. Expand seating from 22,000 to 36,000.
    • Cougars play only game between 1951-94 at Robertson Stadium on Friday, Sept. 25 1964, and shutout Texas A&M, 10-0
    • Underwent $2 million facelift in 1983 for the NCAA Track and Field Championships and further renovations came in 1989 when Cougar and Olympian Carl Lewis provided new runways and resurfacing of the track which served as his training home.
    • Houston played two games on campus in 1996 and three in 1997 before returning to Robertson full-time in 1998.
    • As part of $6 million gift from John and Julie O'Quinn, several renovations took place between 1998 and 1999. Capacity was raised from 20,500 to approximately 33,000. The track was replaced with a ring of lower tiered seating and the playing field was lowered nine feet. Seating was constructed in each endzone and 32 luxury suites on both sides of stadium were added along with concession stands and restrooms built in each endzone. A new scoreboard and sound system were installed, as well as new sidewalks, walkway, fencing, patios and interior and exterior landscaping.

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