The beautiful Sun Bowl Stadium has long been the site of the annual Hyundai Sun Bowl game, but it’s first and foremost the home of the University of Texas at El Paso Miners.
The 30,000-seat stadium first opened on Sept. 21, 1963, when UTEP beat the North Texas State Eagles 34-7. The stadium was expanded in the 1980s to seat more than 51,000 spectators who today enjoy an array of sports and events there.
The stadium in the coming years will see major renovations, including a new press box, sky lounge, terrace, updated concourses and other amenities.
It’s already been ranked as the “Best Stadium in Conference USA” by The Sporting News, and preserves the architecture prevalent across the University.
The buildings on the 420-acre campus mimic the architectural style of those in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan – giving off a serene disposition while encapsulating an aura of excitement.
That excitement comes from its more than 25,000 students who come to the university to mine their futures and embrace the university’s history as the Texas School of Mines that first opened in 1914.
They appreciate that in the last 100-plus years, UTEP has become a national model for providing access and excellence – and that it’s the only public research university in the United States with a Mexican-American majority student population.
And they understand that a large part of their learning experience is embodied in the university’s cultural resources and activities, including its museums and galleries, concerts and shows, a slew of exciting athletic programs, and popular events such as the Hyundai Sun Bowl.
When you’re on campus, look up at its architectural details, including the red brick bands that wrap around the buildings, the mosaic designs known as mandalas, and the colorful prayer flags traditionally used to promote peace.
And all around, you can find public art – including the 25-foot tall Mining Minds, the steel pickaxe head that lights up in orange and blue at Sun Bowl Drive and University Avenue, and Mandala Sunrise, the 24-foot tall aluminum poles with brightly colored flags on top at the intersection of Glory Road and Sun Bowl Drive.
Two steel sculptures of the UTEP pick axe bookend the university along Interstate 10.