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War Memorial Stadium

Laramie, WY

Home of the Wyoming Cowboys

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War Memorial Stadium (map it)
E Grand Ave & N 22nd St
Laramie, WY 82071


Wyoming Cowboys website

War Memorial Stadium website

Year Opened: 1950

Capacity: 29,181

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Cowboy Country

War Memorial Stadium sits in a picturesque setting, between the Rocky Mountains to the West and the Laramie Range to the East in Laramie, Wyoming. While driving north from Colorado, there are grass fields and plains leading up to Laramie, with the majestic mountains all around in the distance.

Laramie, situated on the Wyoming plains, is known for windy, blustery winter days; it's advised to dress warm while attending football games.

Laramie is a small town, with a historic downtown, that gives you the feel of an older, simpler America. The people are friendly, and there's no doubt that they absolutely love the Cowboys.

Wyoming Cowboys symbols can be seen all over town, proudly displayed on storefronts, on flags, and on every Wyoming native's license plate - Laramie is crazy for their Cowboys. And it's easy to see that attending Cowboys games are the thing to do and the place to be in Laramie on a Saturday afternoon. There are a great mix of people; from students, to older graduates and lots of kids and families at War Memorial Stadium.

Built in 1950, War Memorial is still standing strong. It was brought into the 21st century with the Wildcatter Stadium Club and Suites in 2010. The 12 individual suites and stadium club area holds 256 indoor seats and it is named after the many "Wildcatters" or gambling oil and gas drillers that helped settle the state. Another new-age improvement was the building of "The Arch" in 2010, a massive free-standing video screen that gives fans glimpses of replays. The team traditionally run through The Arch before games.

Also added this century was the $1 million field turf that gives the Cowboys and opponents a first-rate playing surface no matter what the weather conditions may be. It was added in 2005 and named “Jonah Field” in recognition of the $5 million donation from John and Mari Ann Martin and Mick and Susie McMurry, who developed Jonah Field natural gas field in Western Wyoming according to the school's stadium website.

War Memorial holds 29,181 proud and loud Wyoming fans and here's a fun fact; at 7,220 feet above sea level, it is the highest Division 1 college football stadium in America.

3.0

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  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
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Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

The food and beverage featured is only average. There's not much out of the ordinary served inside the stadium. Besides Papa John's Pizza, a cheesesteak stand and Starbucks coffee, it's basically run-of-the-mill stadium fare.

They have hot dogs, chili dogs (at the Cowboy Cravings stand), french fries, popcorn (bagged at a fresh kettle corn stand), candy (Twizzlers, M&Ms, etc.), peanuts and pretzels.

Drinks include bottled water, Gatorade and Pepsi products ($3.00). War Memorial Stadium does not serve alcohol. But, an added bonus is the fact that fans can leave the stadium and re-enter, so drinking a beer or two during halftime is an easy task for those parked close enough.

Atmosphere    4

The atmosphere at Wyoming Cowboys football games is fun and party-like, but also family friendly.

Sure, people tailgate with drinks in the parking lot, but no one's out of hand, falling down or fighting. It's a fantastic football atmosphere, with fans young and old going wild in Wyoming, creating some home field advantage while keeping it classy. Without a doubt, the people are there to watch football first.

Cheerleaders line both sidelines, encouraging fans to get loud, and the stadium plays classic rock and country music that plays to their audience well.

Neighborhood    2

Laramie is a small town, and the stadium is located two miles East of the historic downtown, where many of the restaurants are located.

Of course, there are some fast food restaurants located nearly adjacent to the stadium, including Chili's, Taco Bell, Slingers Chicken and others.

For something a bit more upscale, Laramie's Altitude ChopHouse and Brewery features steaks, seafood and sandwiches for very reasonable prices. And because they are a brewery, they have a variety of tasty suds to sip on if you're in the mood.

Bailey's Restaurant & Patio is only blocks away from the stadium and offers "tasty sandwiches" and other bar food appetizers, along with the DirecTV sports packages and free wi-fi to patrons.

The Library Sports Grille-Brewery is a bit farther away, a few miles, but seems worth the distance. It's upscale and they brew their own beer, earning the highest review marks on Google.

Fans    4

One thing is for sure, Wyomingites love their Cowboys, and they go crazy for them at the game.

War Memorial Stadium is filled with Cowboys' brown and yellow on football Saturdays, be it sweatshirts, beanies or a few jerseys.

While the student section goes wild, and at times gets crude chants going, they also sing along to the fight song and others the band plays. Everyone loves to join in and sing the fight song along with other cheerleader-led chants; it's a fun time.

And the entire stadium erupts when something good happens for their team as these fans follow football closely.

Access    3

There are two ways to get to Laramie from the south: through Cheyenne on I-25 to I-80 or from US 287, which is 3rd Street in town, and from 3rd Street, you head through the town on Grand Avenue, where the stadium is located. From the north, you can take US 287, or make your way to Cheyenne and west to Laramie through I-80. There are many parking lots around the "stadium area" of campus. But, nearly all of those lots are permit only, and we parked five blocks east of the stadium for free. It wasn't a bad walk, but it was a cold one when the weather turned windy and snowy post-game.

Bathrooms are located under the stands on the smallish concourse and there's one men's and women's on the ground level of the east stands, two on the upper deck on the south and north ends.

Return on Investment    4

War Memorial Stadium earns high marks on return on investment because it's an inexpensive experience.

Tickets can be found for extremely cheap ($5-$10) and the food is very reasonably priced for a sporting event. And really, it's likely the most fun one can have in Laramie, meaning fans can get a big bang for their buck.

Extras    1

There aren't many extras at War Memorial Stadium, but one thing that is nice is the open area outside the end zones for kids to play around and toss the football. And anyone can stand just outside the end zones, on either the north or south side, and stand only a few steps from the action on the field, which makes for great, close-up views.

Error

It's Grand Avenue, not Grant Street.

by CTKafka | Nov 25, 2011 01:01 AM

RE: Error

Thank you for noticing that...we have corrected the name of the street

by paul | Dec 05, 2011 11:21 AM

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Crowd Reviews

Cowboys in Laramie

Total Score: 2.86

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 1

War Memorial Stadium sits in a picturesque setting, between the Rocky Mountains to the West and the Laramie Range to the East in Laramie, Wyoming.

While driving north from Colorado, there are grass fields and plains leading up to Laramie, with the majestic mountains all around in the distance.

Laramie, situated on the Wyoming plains, is known for being windy, and it's advised to dress warm in the fall and winter while attending football games.

Laramie is a small town, with a historic downtown, that gives you the feel of an older, simpler America. The people are friendly, and there's no doubt that they absolutely love their Cowboys.

Wyoming Cowboys symbols can be seen all over town, proudly displayed on storefronts, on flags, and on every Wyoming native's license plate - Laramie is crazy for their Cowboys. And it's easy to see that attending Cowboys games are the thing to do and the place to be in Laramie on a Saturday afternoon. There was a great mix of people; from students, to older graduates and lots of kids and families at War Memorial Stadium this Saturday in early November.

Built in 1950, War Memorial is still standing strong. And it was brought into the 21st century with the Wildcatter Stadium Club and Suites in 2010. The 12 individual suites and stadium club area holds 256 indoor seats and it is named after the many "Wildcatters" or gambling oil and gas drillers that helped settle the state. Another new-age improvement was the building of "The Arch" in 2010, a massive free-standing video screen that gives fans glimpses of replays. Also added this century was the $1 million field turf that gives the Cowboys and opponents a first-rate playing surface no matter what the weather conditions may be.

War Memorial holds 32,580 proud and loud Wyoming fans and here's a fun fact; at 7,220 feet above sea level, it is the highest Division 1 college football stadium in America.

They have funnel cakes?

Total Score: 2.43

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 2
  • Extras: 1

The structure causes a constant wind tunnel making it freezing inside the stadium.

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Altitude Chophouse & Brewery  (map it!)

320 South 2nd Street

Laramie, WY 82070

(307) 721-4031

http://www.altitudechophouse.com/

Bailey's Restaurant & Patio  (map it!)

2410 Grand Ave

Laramie, WY 82070

(307) 742-6411

http://www.baileysoflaramie.com/

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