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FOLSOM FIELD is an outdoor football stadium in the western United States , located on the campus of the University of Colorado
Colorado
in Boulder . It is the home field of the Colorado Buffaloes of the Pac-12 Conference .

Opened 93 years ago in 1924, the horseshoe -shaped stadium runs in the traditional north-south configuration, opening to the north. The CU athletic administration center, named after 1950s head coach Dal Ward , is located at the north end.

The playing field returned to natural grass in 1999 and sits at an elevation of 5,360 feet (1,630 m), more than a mile above sea level . Folsom Field
Folsom Field
is the third highest stadium in major college football , behind only Wyoming and Air Force of the Mountain West Conference .

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Expansions and renovations * 3 Playing surface * 4 Other uses * 5 Attendance records * 6 Gallery * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links

HISTORY

Gamble Field was the home of Colorado
Colorado
football for two decades, through 1924 mid-season. Opened as Colorado
Colorado
Stadium, Folsom Field
Folsom Field
has been the home of Colorado Buffaloes football
Colorado Buffaloes football
since. Through the 2016 season, the Buffs have a home record of 308–169–14, a winning percentage of .642.

Colorado
Colorado
Stadium
Stadium
was renamed Folsom Field
Folsom Field
in 1944, following the death of coach Fred Folsom . He coached the Buffs from 1895 to 1902 and 1908 to 1915, compiling a 78–24–2 (.760) overall record.

In 2008 , Folsom Field
Folsom Field
became the first "zero-waste " stadium in the NCAA by instituting a rigorous recycling and composting program.

EXPANSIONS AND RENOVATIONS

When opened in 1924, the horseshoe-shaped stadium had a capacity of 26,000. A major expansion in 1956 raised the height of the stadium and increased its capacity to 45,000. In 1967, 6,000 more seats were added with the removal of the running track; the track and field team relocated to Potts Field on the East Campus.

A huge, six-level press box was added in 1968 to the top of the west side grandstand, directly in front of Balch Fieldhouse , the former home of the basketball team. Renovations continued in 1976 when the old, rickety wooden bleachers were replaced with aluminum ones, raising the capacity to 52,005.

In 2003, suites and club seating were added to the east side of the stadium, raising the capacity to 53,750. Since the 2003 renovation 137 seats with obstructed views have been removed lowering the seating capacity to 53,613.

In 2014, construction for a further expansion has started. This expansion includes a new indoor practice facility, a high performance sports center, as well as extra seating on the northeast corner of the stadium.

PLAYING SURFACE

From 1924 through 1970, the playing surface at Folsom Field
Folsom Field
was natural grass. In the summer of 1971, AstroTurf
AstroTurf
was installed and the first game played on the new surface was against Wyoming on September 18. The 1971 Buffs finished third in the AP Poll behind Nebraska and Oklahoma , for a sweep of the top three spots by the Big Eight Conference . The synthetic turf was replaced in 1978 and again in 1989, with "Astroturf-8." After 28 years of AstroTurf, Folsom Field returned to natural grass in the spring of 1999 . The project, which included bio-thermal heating, drainage, and a sub-air system, cost $1.2 million.

OTHER USES

Folsom Field
Folsom Field
is also used as the finish line for the Bolder Boulder , a popular 10K run . The south end zone was featured in the opening and closing credits of the late 1970s television show Mork and Mindy , which was set in Boulder. The first Promise Keepers stadium conference was held at Folsom in June 1992. The stadium played host to a concert, later released on DVD, by the Dave Matthews Band on July 11, 2001.

ATTENDANCE RECORDS

The largest crowd for a CU football game at Folsom Field
Folsom Field
was 54,972 in 2005 , against in-state rival Colorado
Colorado
State on September 3, in which Colorado Buffaloes won thanks to a 47 yard field goal kicked by Mason Crosby with four seconds remaining . This early-season, non-conference rivalry game, the Rocky Mountain Showdown , is more often played in neutral Denver
Denver
at Mile
Mile
High Stadium
Stadium
and it successor Sports Authority Field at Mile
Mile
High .

The largest crowd ever at Folsom Field
Folsom Field
was in 1977 for a rock concert , one of the popular Colorado
Colorado
Sun Day concert series. The attendance on May 1 was an estimated 61,500 (exceeding the seating capacity by about 9,000) for a show featuring Fleetwood Mac , Bob Seger
Bob Seger
, Firefall , and John Sebastian . The east side of the stadium with the newer club and suite level suites; "1990 National Champions" noted between the two suite levels Folsom Field
Folsom Field
sold out against Utah in 2016.

SEASON COACH GAMES SELLOUTS W-L-T ATTENDANCE AVERAGE

1937 Oakes 6

6-0-0 46,826 7,804

1942 Yeager 4

4-0-0 15,796 3,949

1946 Yeager 5

4-0-1 53,000 10,600

1947 Yeager 4

2-2-0 54,000 13,500

1948 Ward 5

3-2-0 79,479 15,896

1949 Ward 5

2-3-0 98,776 19,755

1950 Ward 5

4-1-0 97,748 19,550

1951 Ward 5

5-0-0 107,121 21,424

1952 Ward 5 2 3-0-2 123,481 24,696

1953 Ward 5

3-2-0 113,640 22,728

1954 Ward 5 2 3-2-0 129,700 25,940

1955 Ward 5 1 4-1-0 113,500 22,700

1956 Ward 5 2 3-2-0 175,000 35,000

1957 Ward 5

3-2-0 152,500 30,500

1958 Ward 5 1 2-3-0 187,500 37,500

1959 Grandelius 6

3-3-0 177,903 29,651

1960 Grandelius 5 1 4-1-0 185,653 37,131

1961 Grandelius 6 1 5-1-0 199,987 33,331

1962 Davis 4

2-2-0 116,000 29,000

1963 Crowder 5

1-4-0 135,000 27,000

1964 Crowder 5

1-4-0 140,600 28,120

1965 Crowder 5

3-1-1 129,700 25,940

1966 Crowder 5 1 3-2-0 196,188 39,238

1967 Crowder 5

4-1-0 196,817 39,363

1968 Crowder 5 1 3-2-0 215,574 43,115

1969 Crowder 5

5-0-0 175,104 35,021

1970 Crowder 5 1 3-2-0 219,521 43,904

1971 Crowder 5

5-0-0 220,171 44,034

1972 Crowder 6 3 5-1-0 307,044 51,174

1973 Crowder 5

3-2-0 246,521 49,304

1974 Mallory 5 2 3-2-0 253,762 50,752

1975 Mallory 6

6-0-0 281,199 46,867

1976 Mallory 6 2 5-1-0 300,191 50,032

1977 Mallory 6 2 5-1-0 293,483 48,914

1978 Mallory 8 2 5-3-0 383,048 47,881

1979 Fairbanks 6

1-5-0 265,956 44,326

1980 Fairbanks 6 1 1-5-0 245,868 40,978

1981 Fairbanks 6

3-3-0 209,224 34,871

1982 McCartney 7 1 1-6-0 251,909 41,985

1983 McCartney 6 1 3-3-0 237,674 39,612

1984 McCartney 6 1 1-5-0 235,670 39,278

1985 McCartney 6

4-2-0 220,734 36,789

1986 McCartney 6 2 3-3-0 269,546 44,924

1987 McCartney 6 1 4-2-0 268,711 44,785

1988 McCartney 6

4-2-0 235,142 39,190

1989 McCartney 6 2 6-0-0 293,726 48,954

1990 McCartney 6 4 6-0-0 310,374 51,729

1991 McCartney 6 4 4-1-1 311,458 51,910

1992 McCartney 6 4 5-0-1 309,900 51,650

1993 McCartney 6 5 4-2-0 311,360 51,893

1994 McCartney 6 3 6-0-0 304,897 50,816

1995 Neuheisel 6 4 4-2-0 312,958 52,160

1996 Neuheisel 6 4 5–1 312,586 52,098

1997 Neuheisel 6 2 3–3 309,947 51,658

1998 Neuheisel 6

5–1 284,512 47,419

1999 Barnett 5 1 4–1 239,313 47,863

2000 Barnett 5

1–4 249,950 49,990

2001 Barnett 6 1 5–1 284,848 47,475

2002 Barnett 6 2 5–1 295,286 49,214

2003 Barnett 6 2 3–3 302,588 50,431

2004 Barnett 6 1 4–2 287,368 47,895

2005 Barnett 6 2 5–1 302,452 50,409

2006 Hawkins 6

2–4 276,286 46,048

2007 Hawkins 6

3–3 303,051 50,509

2008 Hawkins 6 1 4–2 296,858 49,476

2009 Hawkins 6

3–3 300,527 50,088

2010 Hawkins 6

4–2 281,182 46,864

2011 Embree 5

1–4 251,777 50,355

2012 Embree 6

0–6 273,235 45,539

2013 MacIntyre 6

3–3 230,773 38,462

2014 MacIntyre 6

1–5 226,670 37,778

2015 MacIntyre 6

2–4 236,331 39,389

2016 MacIntyre 6 1 6–0 279,652 46,609

GALLERY

*

The Colorado Buffaloes play at Colorado
Colorado
Stadium
Stadium
sometime in the 1920s. *

Folsom Field
Folsom Field
between 1933 and 1950. The team is practicing in the North end of the field. *

Folsom Field
Folsom Field
135th commencement on June 9, 1967. 1,836 degrees were awarded. *

Club and box seats built prior to 2003 season on July 13, 2006 *

Facade built prior to 2003 season on July 13, 2006 *

View from the club level seats before the football Spring Game on April 14, 2007 *

View to the southwest of the Flatirons in 2016 *

A view of the north side of the stadium in 2016. *

New video boards were added before the 2012 season. *

Folsom Field's east side as it looked in 2016 after the addition of the Champions Center.

SEE ALSO

* List of NCAA Division I FBS football stadiums

REFERENCES

* ^ A B C " Folsom Field
Folsom Field
Home". University of Colorado
Colorado
Department of Athletics. Retrieved March 6, 2007. * ^ "Historic Building Inventory Record" (PDF). Colorado
Colorado
Historical Society. Retrieved September 19, 2013. * ^ Colorado.edu - CU campus map * ^ Color aerial view (& topographic map) of CU campus from USGS via Microsoft Research Maps * ^ "Folsom track goes". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. June 24, 1966. p. 26. * ^ "New track ready for Colorado
Colorado
meet". Lawrence Journal-World. (Kansas). Associated Press. April 28, 1967. p. 15. * ^ " Folsom Field
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