Joe Aillet Stadium
Joe Aillet Stadium (formerly Louisiana Tech Stadium) is a stadium in Ruston, Louisiana, USA. It is primarily used for American football, and is the home field of the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs.
The stadium opened on September 28, 1968 with Terry Bradshaw leading the Bulldogs over East Carolina, 35-7. The stadium, which originally sat 23,000, was named on November 11, 1972 in honor of Joe Aillet, who coached for twenty-seven seasons, finally retiring just two years before his namesake was built. In 1985, luxury boxes were added to the stadium's press box, and in 1989 the stadium's capacity was raised by 7,600 seats to its current capacity. The current FieldTurf field was installed in 2008. The seating is made of the two large bowed grandstands on either side of the field, built into a natural bowl. The press box and skyboxes are on the west side. On top of the south endzone berm is a cannon that is fired off after every Tech touchdown, and "The Spirit of '88," a bronze bulldog statue which commemorates the school's first season in Division I-A. A fieldhouse is located behind the south hill. There are scoreboards behind both endzone berms, and the stadium features eight banks of lights surrounding the field, 150 feet above the playing surface.
In addition to Bradshaw, Tech's most famous football alumnus, the stadium has also seen other pro players, such as Willie Roaf, Troy Edwards and Tim Rattay, don Tech's red and blue u..
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