|Location|| Stadium Blvd,|
USAFA, CO 80840
|Coordinates|| / ,|
|Opened||September 22, 1962|
|Owner||United States Air Force|
|Operator||U.S. Air Force Academy|
|Surface|| FieldTurf (2006–present)|
Natural grass (1962–2005)
|Construction cost|| $3.5 Million|
($25.4 million in 2020 dollars)
Slater Paul Architects (renovations)
|General Contractor||R. H. Baker Inc.|
|Tenants||Air Force Falcons (NCAA) (1962–present)|
|Capacity|| 40,828 (1962–1971)|
Falcon Stadium is an outdoor football stadium on the campus of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is the home field of the Air Force Falcons of the Mountain West Conference. It also serves as the site for the academy's graduation ceremonies each spring.
Falcon Stadium opened in 1962, at a cost of $3.5 million, and has a current seating capacity of 46,692. The first game was on September 22, 1962, when Air Force Falcons defeated Colorado State 24–0. Until that time, from 1956-61, Air Force played its home games at various sites across the state. Most games were played at the University of Denver's DU Stadium, but several were played in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and CU's Folsom Field in Boulder.
Falcon Stadium has often been the site of pranks during the weeks Air Force plays Army and Navy. In 1991, midshipmen from the Naval Academy snuck into the stadium and repainted the seats that spelled out "AIR FORCE" to read "AIR FARCE".
Falcon Stadium was built into a natural bowl southeast of the center of the academic campus (and Script error below). As with the rest of the campus, Falcon Stadium lies at the base of the Rampart Range of the Rocky Mountains. The design of Falcon Stadium is unbalanced, with the western side having two large grandstand tiers above the main bowl and the eastern having a single tier bordered by seven separate sections of grandstands.
The playing field is aligned in the traditional north-south configuration at an elevation of Script error above sea level. Falcon Stadium is the second highest in FBS college football, exceeded only by Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium, which is 600 feet (183 m) higher. The Walkup Skydome at FCS Northern Arizona in Flagstaff is also slightly higher, by Script error.
Falcon Stadium had a natural grass field for its first 44 years, although the sideline areas where teams stood were artificial turf since the 1980s. Prior to the 2006 football season, synthetic FieldTurf was installed at a cost of $750,000. Natural grass now makes up the perimeter of the FieldTurf surface. Permanent lighting was installed in Falcon Stadium in 2002 at a cost of $500,000, and the video screen at the south end of the field was installed in 2004. A new sound system was also installed for the 2006 season.
- Air Force Academy Official Athletic Site
- Air Force Sports.com - Falcon Stadium - Fan Guide
- Sports-Venue.Info - Falcon Stadium information & photos