On Saturday, New Hampshire hosts Colgate in the first round of the NCAA FCS playoffs in what will likely be the final football game at ancient, wizened Cowell Stadium before a new stadium on the same site opens in 2016.
|Cowell Stadium (then Alumni Field), 1936. Going by my research, |
I believe those are Maine players in the foreground.
Looks strange with no Lundholm Gym in the background.
Then known as Alumni Field (which I think was the name for every stadium in America in those days), the stadium opened for business on Sept. 6, 1936 with a 66-0 nail-biter against Lowell Textile (one of a couple schools that was a forerunner to UMass Lowell). The field's dedication game -- I've never understood why a stadium's dedication game happened after the opening game; talk about anticlimactic -- was on Oct. 10, a 27-6 loss to Maine.
|The 1936 Wildcats, the first team to play in Cowell Stadium.|
The Wildcats' uniforms were similar to what they wore in 1939, except for the helmets, which remained unconventional. Two different dark jerseys were worn, and I haven't the foggiest idea why.
There are plenty more Wildcat uniforms where this came from: 2014, 2010-13, 1998, 1975, 1966-67, 1950, 1947-48, 1938. Rivalry Week: Maine-UNH.
|This page from the 1938 Granite yearbook (which covered the|
events of the 1936-37 school year) celebrates UNH sports, including some shots
of the new football stadium. It looks state of the art here.
What would it be called now -- art of the state?