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Independence Stadium

Shreveport, LA

Home of the Camping World Independence Bowl

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Independence Stadium (map it)
3301 Pershing Blvd
Shreveport, LA 71109


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Year Opened: 1924

Capacity: 49,565

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Christmas Football in Shreveport

Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana opened in 1924, and currently has a capacity of 49,565, but could be expanded to accommodate 63K if need be. The facility is owned by the City of Shreveport, and is most well-known for hosting the annual FBS Independence Bowl, which currently has tie-ins with the ACC and the SEC. In addition to the bowl game, Independence Stadium also hosts numerous local high school football and soccer games, because many schools in Shreveport lack facilities; the venue has also hosted games for the New Orleans Saints and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.

See the video below to get a quick look at the stadium:

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

The regular concessions stands at Independence Stadium offer pretty typical stadium fare, including both craft and regular beer, but the highlight of the food and beverage experience here is Food Truck Reaux, a collection of local food trucks brought in specifically for the bowl game, which are set up in the east stadium concourse.

The regular concessions stands are located all around the concourse, and offer standard fare such as barbecue sandwiches, burgers, brats, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, nachos, frito pie, and sausage on a stick, all for between $4 and $8. Additional options include popcorn, pretzels, chips, and candy, which run from $1 to $5. The food trucks, however, add all of the traditional Cajun favorites you would expect from a stadium located in Louisiana, such as po' boys, gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, muffuletta, and Bourbon Street chicken, as well as additional options such as corn dogs, sheet cake, and upscale versions of some of the items found at the regular stands, such as burgers and brats. The prices are slightly higher at the food trucks than at the regular stands, but the extra money is totally worth it.

Drink choices at Independence Stadium are much more limited than the food selection here, but the regular stands do offer several varieties of both regular and craft beer; regular beer is $6, and includes a couple of local brands plus a few national brands, while the craft beer costs $7. Non-alcohol selections cost between $3 and $6, and include bottled water, bottled Coke products (including Dr Pepper), iced tea, and several flavors of lemonade.

Atmosphere    2

Despite some recent renovations, Independence Stadium still feels a little dated, and the Independence Bowl itself unfortunately doesn't draw much of a crowd, in part because the participants are usually not local.

The stadium is laid out in a bowl design, but with taller grandstands along the sidelines than in the end zones. The press box and most of the box seats are on the west side, but there is a small suite area on the south end, as well as some tents set up at field level in the north end zone. The lone scoreboard is located above the north end zone, and is a little on the small side (only half of the screen shows video of the game, the rest is dedicated to advertising), so it is not very easy to see from most of the seats. On the plus side, the majority of the seats along both sidelines have chairbacks, so you can find a more comfortable seat if you choose.

Because the crowd is small, there is not a ton of energy during the game. However, fans do enjoy some of the pageantry that is unique to college football, in the form of performances by both school bands, the dance teams twirling flaming batons, and even a jet flyover.

Neighborhood    3

Cajun cuisine, seafood, and gambling are the order of the day when you visit Shreveport; there are a couple of great restaurants about 5 or 6 blocks from the stadium, with a few more closer to the airport, plus several casinos across the Red River in Bossier City.

John's Seafood is within walking distance of the stadium, and serves calabash-style fresh seafood, while Sam's Southern Eatery (about a block further north) offers po' boys, burgers, and fried fish. However, if you are looking for something more in the Creole line, try Brothers Seafood or Monkhouse Seafood Diner, both of which are near the airport (about 2 miles west of the stadium); both of these provide great local flavors and a nice atmosphere.

If you are going to be in town overnight, most of the hotels are near the airport, but there are additional options in Bossier City. If you want something near the airport, Residence Inn on Monkhouse Drive is a great choice, with well-appointed rooms and rates starting at under $100. Some of the options in Bossier City have even cheaper rates, however, since they are subsidized by the casinos, and offer more of a resort-type feel, such as the Horseshoe Casino Hotel. In addition, Bossier City is not that much further away from Independence Stadium than the airport.

Fans    2

The official attendance at Independence Stadium during the Independence Bowl is listed at over 30K on average, but the actual attendance is much less, with perhaps only 15K fans coming out. As such, there is very little crowd noise during the game, except during the most exciting plays, and very few fans show up in team gear. In fact, more fans show up in gear supporting local teams that aren't even playing in the game (such as LSU) than fans wearing gear of the participants.

Access    4

Independence Stadium is probably one of the easiest stadiums in the country to get in and out of for a bowl game. Located just 2 miles from the Shreveport Regional Airport, which being a small airport has light traffic, short lines, and rental cars right outside the terminal, the stadium is easy to get to even if you live several states away. There also isn't much traffic on game day, and you can park right outside the stadium for $20 (on the north end). In addition, there are more than enough concessions stands and bathrooms to accommodate the small crowd; the only downside is that the facilities are a little dated, and parking is a bit on the high side compared to similarly-sized stadiums in other cities.

Return on Investment    3

Tickets to the Independence Bowl run about $45 for lower level seats, but you can get them much cheaper from 3rd party re-sellers. While parking may be slightly on the high side, the food and drink prices are reasonable, especially when you consider the high-quality options available from the food trucks. However, there is not much energy during the game, so unless you have a dog in the fight, so to speak, this may not be a game to go see. I would say, however, that the Independence Bowl will probably be the only FBS game all year played in this particular stadium, so if you are interested in visiting different stadiums, you may want to see a game here at least once.

Extras    2

The jet flyover is very impressive, and having the 2 bands perform the National Anthem together is a great display of sportsmanship.

Final Thoughts

There are lots of bowl games that happen around Christmas time, many of which will give you the opportunity to see high quality opponents, and better performances from the bands than you will see during the regular season. A visit to Independence Stadium for the Independence Bowl may be a good choice if it is a good matchup that year, or if you live nearby and want to see a game. If not, however, you may want to look at some other options.

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Crowd Reviews

Bowling in Shreveport

Total Score: 3.00

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 2

Shreveport, the third-largest city in Louisiana, has fallen short on many occasions to have a pro football team call it home. Its closest call so far was a small run by the Shreveport Steamer of the short-lived World Football League. Shreveport's Independence Stadium however has been the home of the annual Independence Bowl since 1976.

Originally named State Fair Stadium, the city of Shreveport changed the stadium's name in 1977 to Independence Stadium after its initial 1976 Bicentennial Bowl. Independence Stadium has the capacity to hold 53,000 people after its late 1990s expansion. The stadium has been holding the annual Independence Bowl yearly now since 1976.

The Thrill of Independence

Total Score: 3.29

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

Built in 1925 in Shreveport, Louisiana the Independence Bowl has been an ongoing bowl in College football since 1976. Independence Stadium has been a staple of Shreveport for almost an entire century, and even though it is starting to show its age, it is still a decent college bowl venue. Independence Stadium has been the home of a few teams throughout the years including the Shreveport Steamers and the Shreveport Pirates of the Canadian Football League. In the 90's the Stadium was expanded, increasing its original seating of 40,000 to over 50,000.

I was there in December 2009

Total Score: 2.57

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 2

I went the year Texas A&M played Georgia in an entertaining, no-defense type of game. The stadium is older, not real well maintained, although far from a dump. The game we attended was sold out so the crowd was good, but not the same as a normal college football game since it was split between the two fan bases plus the locals who support the bowl.

Access was difficult due to the roads being so narrow and I personally didn't like the neighborhood at all, but I'm just not a fan of any town that requires you to fence your yard to feel safe. Parking is bad and they have to run buses from local shopping centers to get the fans to the game.

Ticket prices were reasonable for a bowl game.

Duck Commander Independence Bowl

Total Score: 3.00

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 2


The participating teams fans and people that love college football is what you'll see when you attend this college bowl game in Shreveport, LA. The stadium is located on the LA State Fairgrounds just off of Interstate 20. The stadium is old but there isn't a bad seat that I saw in the place. The parking lot could use a little help especially when it rains as it is a mix of gravel and mud. The tickets are cheap for college football, especially when teams from the SEC or ACC , are participating as was the case this year with South Carolina and Miami. It may not be a bucket list bowl game or a must see event but if you are in the Shreveport/Bossier area then it is definitely worth a visit..

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Local Food & Drink

John's Seafood  (map it!)

3704 Jewella Ave

Shreveport, LA 71109

(318) 635-4646

Sam's Southern Eatery  (map it!)

3500 Jewella Ave

Shreveport, LA 71109

(318) 631-3200

Brothers Seafood  (map it!)

4916 Monkhouse Dr

Shreveport, LA 71109

(318) 635-1641

http://www.brothersseafood.net/

Monkhouse Seafood Diner  (map it!)

5205 Monkhouse Dr

Shreveport, LA 71109

(318) 636-3663

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Horseshoe Casino Hotel  (map it!)

711 Horseshoe Blvd

Bossier City, LA 71111

(800) 895-0711

https://www.caesars.com/horseshoe-bossier-city

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Residence Inn Shreveport Airport  (map it!)

4910 W Monkhouse Dr

Shreveport, LA 71109

(318) 635-8000

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Horseshoe Casino Hotel  (map it!)

711 Horseshoe Blvd

Bossier City, LA 71111

(800) 895-0711

https://www.caesars.com/horseshoe-bossier-city

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