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War Memorial Stadium

Laramie, WY

Home of the Wyoming Cowboys

2.9

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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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Welcome To 7,220 Feet

War Memorial Stadium is located in Laramie, Wyoming and sits in a picturesque setting, between the Rocky Mountains to the west and the Laramie Range to the east. While driving to the stadium, there are grass fields and plains leading up to Laramie, with the majestic mountains all around in the distance. The Cowboys/girls aura is true out here as you can go miles without seeing any signs of civilization. Outside of a few cars or trucks on roads leading to Laramie, you feel like an explorer on this seemingly untouched landscape. Laramie is known for windy, blustery fall days and it’s advised to dress warm while attending football games.

Laramie is a small town reminiscent of the Wild West movies of yesteryear. With a population of 30,000, it has two main streets in town. The downtown is small and quaint with the Wyoming bucking bronco logo prevalent around town. Fans will have no trouble finding War Memorial Stadium as the light towers can be seen from miles away. At 7,220 feet above sea level, the stadium is the highest FBS college football stadium in America.

Wyoming football began play in 1892 and has an all-time bowl record of 6-7. Their best season arguably came in 1968 when they finished the regular season 10-0 and played LSU in the Sugar Bowl. They currently compete in the Mountain West conference and their biggest rivals are Colorado State, Hawaii, and Utah State.

2.9

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    3

The food and beverage options here are marginal at best. If fans want a good snack or something simple like pizza or a hot dog, the offerings here fit your needs. If looking for a specialty food or concession item then you may be out of luck. Papa Johns pizza, burritos, and a cheesesteak stand are the fanciest items here. One unique snack food item is a kettle popped popcorn stand. The popcorn is popped in a big kettle and bagged fresh right in front of you. On a cold fall afternoon or night, this hits the spot.

Pepsi products are served here and start at $3.00. Alcohol is not served in the seating areas but the tailgating scene and bars/restaurant options nearby give fans chances for an adult beverage before the game. Souvenir mugs can be bought for $7 and can be filled with soda, hot cocoa, or coffee. Refills can be had for a few bucks. Coffee or hot cocoa refills will keep you warm and perky on the cold, wintery days.

Atmosphere    3

The atmosphere at War Memorial Stadium is fun and family friendly. The pregame tailgate at the practice facility next door has lots of free interactive games for kids to play such as football tossing, field goal kicking, and a bounce house.

Inside the stadium, it seems like a basic place to watch a game. No real ways to pump up the crowd besides the announcer getting the crowd pumped up for third downs. The Wyoming marching band aka the Western Thunder does a great job with getting the crowd pumped up. During stoppages in play, they playea lot of current and familiar songs that the crowd seems to enjoy. There is some piped in music at times but the band gets more than their fair share of playing time. It's an added bonus if the visiting team brings their band as well.

The concourses are wide and easy to navigate through. It is an older building so the insides feel like you are in an old high school, dark and somewhat dingy. This is a no frills stadium though and it serves its purpose. Bathrooms are plentiful and lines go quickly during peak times.

Neighborhood    3

Laramie is a small town, and the stadium is located two miles east of the historic downtown, where many of the restaurants are located. Although the campus covers a good part of town, you don't get the college atmosphere feel near the athletic complex portion of campus. There is a big souvenir and apparel shop just south of the stadium that sells all types of Wyoming gear.

There are many fast food restaurants nearby such as Arby's, Wendy's, etc. For a sit down meal, the best bet nearby is Chili's Jimmy John's, or Bailey's Restaurant. For an adult beverage before the game with the group, try Mingles Bar about a mile east of the stadium. It is walkable to the stadium. They have more than a dozen pool tables as well as darts, and various other bar games. 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.

Since Laramie is the only town within miles of other civilization, there are plenty of hotels nearby. Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn, and Hilton Garden Inn are all nearby and offer decent rates. All of these hotels listed above are less than a mile walk to the stadium. Interstate 80 as well as US 287 are easy to get to from the stadium and hotels as well.

Fans    3

The fans here seem into the game and will sing and dance along with the band at the proper times. They seem to hang on every play here during a close game and will let the refs hear about it if a questionable call is made. Although there isn't anything unique here, fans take great pride in Wyoming and are happy and proud to call the Cowboys their own.

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. These free spots fill quickly so be prepared to come a bit early if you want a free spot. It will be a six to eight block walk through the athletic field area of campus. The walk isn't bad and the pregame tailgate at the athletic facility is halfway which helps on cold days.

For games that sellout, I can see how it would be difficult to navigate through the traffic.

Return on Investment    2

Tickets at War Memorial Stadium are a bit on the high side for a Mountain West game. Tickets run as low as $15 for a normal matchup to as high as $40 for a big name opponent and a seat near the field. The Mountain West conference may be arguably the best mid major conference yet $40 for an adult public ticket vs a team like Boise State seems pricey. Tickets for kids ages three and up will set you back twenty dollars. The concession prices seem reasonable but a family of four going to a game here may over extend the family budget.

Wyoming does offer promotions such as Family Day which consists of four tickets, four sodas, four hot dogs, and a souvenir discount. Season tickets cost $198 for the season which locals take advantage of rather than having to pay full price.

Extras    3

There really aren't many extras at War Memorial Stadium. This is a no frills building that serves a purpose and not much more. One neat feature is being able to see both teams run out on the field to start the game. Seeing Wyoming running through the arch is fun and you won't be more than a few people deep in line, if that. To see the visitors, you can go right up to the railing to see them come out. If you are lucky, you can catch the pregame hype speech from the visiting team's captain like I was able to on this particular day. I was so close to the player huddle coming from the opposing team's locker room that it made me want to suit up with them.

Final Thoughts

War Memorial Stadium serves its purpose as a place to watch the game without distractions or obstructions. Although tickets are on the expensive side, the good chance of free parking and cheap concessions make it seem worth it. The pregame festivities in the team's training facility gives fans a chance to have a major college experience in a small town setting. Fans could do a lot worse than spending a Saturday in Laramie watching a game.

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.

Cowboy Country

Total Score: 3.00

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • 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 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.

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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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