The University of Akron Football Program Enters a New Era

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PicInfocision Stadium- Summa Field

The University of Akron entered a new era in Akron football picon September 12, 2009 when they hosted Morgan State in their home opener in a new stadium.  The new stadium is an "on-campus" facility and a vast improvement over the historic Rubber Bowl which was located some distance away from campus.  The new "on-campus" stadium ought to attract thousands of university students who live in university dorms and off-campus housing giving the football program an opportunity to increase game attendance.

PicThe University of Akron has a long football history dating back over 130 years.  In 1968 the "Zips" played in the Grantland Rice Bowl but had the misfortune of running into a relatively unknown quarterback by the name of Terry Bradshaw.  They lost to Louisiana Tech in that game 33-13 and, of course, we all know that Bradshaw went on to win four Super Bowl rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

John Heisman coached at Buchtel College (now known as The University of Akron) in 1984.  Interestingly enough, that season only had one game; a 12-6 victory of The Ohio State University. 

On September 12, 2009 27,881 fans celebrated The University of Akron's home opener against Morgan picState.  No one in attendance was disappointed.  Akron dominated the game and was on the front end of a 41 - 0 score. The result of the game, however, wasn't as important as the level of pride everyone felt for this university and their efforts to raise the football program to a highr level.

On September 19, 2009 The University of Akron will host Indiana at their new stadium marking this the first time in history that a "Big 10" school traveled to Akron for a football game.  Win or lose, Dr Proenza and the Board of Trustees are to be congratulated for their efforts in brining a "first class" facility to Akron and instilling a high level of pride for this growing football program in the Akron community.

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Kevin Corsa
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I think it's interesting that the "Stadium" is Infocision and the "Field" is Summa... wonder who donated the Most Money?

Sep 13, 2009 07:24 AM #1
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Jon...I love college sports.  These kids play for a whole different reason.  (at least most do)

Sep 13, 2009 10:37 AM #2
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San Diego State made the mistake of moving their football program off campus many years ago. Attendance has suffered ever since.

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Hi Russel,

There's much to be said about having the football stadium on campus.  This is the first year Akron has had a stadium on campus and the atmosphere is totally different.  All the fraternities enter into "game day" celebrations and that makes the campus "come alive." 

I agree, it is a mistake to move the stadium off campus.

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I'm glad to see good news in Akron. My wife's family is from Hudson, OH and my wife started college at the University of Akron. 

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