Independence Bowl History
College Football's bowl season is one of the most exciting times of the year for sports
fans, and the Independence Bowl is one of the most anticipated games in a month long postseason extravaganza. The Independence
Bowl is one of the oldest in the college football postseason schedule and has provided some extremely memorable moments. The
very first Independence Bowl was played on December 13, 1976 when the McNeese State Cowboys of the Southland Conference defeated
the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, when they were a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. Since the first year, major college
football programs who have won the Independence Bowl are the Oregon Ducks, Washington Huskies, Wisconsin Badgers, Virginia
Tech Hokies, Ole Miss Rebels, Alabama Crimson Tide, Oklahoma State Cowboys, and the most recent champions, the Arizona Wildcats.
Many well known athletes have found personal glory in the Independence Bowl, as well, with names like Eli Manning, Kevin Faulk,
Gary Kubiak, Takeo Spikes and Geno Atkins. The Independence Bowl as seen one tie, in 1990, when the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
and Maryland Terps finished 34-34, the only tie in Division I Bowl history. Other exciting installments include the famed
"Snow Bowl" in 2000 between Texas A&M and Mississippi State and Eli Manning and the Ole Miss Rebels' exciting second half
comeback over the Nebraska Cornhuskers in 2002. The Independence Bowl is guaranteed to thrill every season, so get to StubHub
today to get your tickets to one of the most beloved postseason events that takes place in Shreveport, Louisiana every December.
NCAA Football Experience
Every August, the student athletes of beloved alma maters and local universities returns
to the field, ending the long and lonely offseason. Throughout the season, these student athletes take us fans on a wild ride,
the epic highs and disappointing lows that make this sport so thrilling. These emotions are all a part of every team's journey
to achieve their dream of qualifying for a postseason bowl game, the culmination of months of hard work. Bowl games like the
Independence Bowl are a part of the fabric of this great game, the site of glory and defeat and no lack of drama. There is
nothing like being in the stands when your favorite team is competing for postseason prestige, being a part of all of the
great traditions of the bowl games. Not only are you able to see the speed and power of college football in person, but you
are able to attend amazing events like parades, pregame tailgating events, player and fan meet and greets, great alumni parties
and post game celebrations. Follow your team to postseason glory by traveling to their bowl game this season and be a part
of an unforgettable sporting experience.
Located just miles from both the Arkansas
and Texas borders, the city of Shreveport, Louisiana sits on the banks of the Red River in the northwest corner of the state.
The third largest city in Louisiana, Shreveport was the state capital during the Civil War and was a major stronghold of the
Confederate side throughout the war. Today, Shreveport is a dynamic city with incredible culture and entertainment, featuring
world class gaming and live music. There is no shortage of excitement in Shreveport, where visitors and locals can enjoy activities
like a zipline ride over an alligator pond, shopping at a world class farmer's market, catch shows from some of the regions
great local musicians, and relax on a riverboat cruise through the picturesque Louisiana landscape. No matter what activities
you like best, Shreveport has a little something for everyone, so journey to this beautiful city today for a trip you will
not soon forget.
Independence Bowl Fans
College football fans have the reputation of being among the most
passionate in any sport. They stand with their team through thick and thin, wearing their school's colors, singing their fight
song, intimidating their foes. When the postseason bowl season begins, college football fans click into another gear, with
the teams having one game that separates them from a successful season and a disappointing one. The Independence Bowl, played
every December at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana, is one of the oldest and most respected bowl games in the
sport's history and thousands of loyal football fans descend on the city every December to celebrate this great sport. Clad
in school colors, the fans of the two sides competing in the Independence Bowl transform the city every year with their spirit.
Don't miss your chance to be a part of a true college football legend by attending this year's Independence Bowl in Shreveport.
Independence Bowl Trivia
How did the Independence Bowl get its name?
The Independence Bowl got its patriotic
name because it debuted in 1976, the bicentennial anniversary of America's Independence in 1776. It was originally known as
the Bicentennial Bowl, but was changed to its new name as well as the game's venue, Independence Stadium, in Shreveport.