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Joe Aillet Stadium
 

Joe Aillet Stadium has been home to Louisiana Tech football for the past 40-plus years as Bulldog fans have watched legends such as Terry Bradshaw, Roger Carr, Fred Dean, Pat Tilley, Matt Dunigan, William Roaf, Troy Edwards and Tim Rattay all don the Tech red and blue.

Opened in 1968 at a capacity of 23,000, Joe Aillet Stadium -- which wasn't given its current name until Nov. 11, 1972, when it was dedicated in honor of the former Tech coaching legend -- has proven instrumental in some of the biggest wins in the program's 100-plus year history.

The facility was upgraded in 1985 when a luxury sky box was added to the press box and again in 1989, when an additional 7,600 seats were added, increasing the seating capacity to 30,600.

In the summer of 2006 Joe Aillet Stadium received a new surface as FieldTurf Mono -- which is considered the top of the line artificial turf -- was installed by FieldTurf Tarkett. In the summer of 2008, that turf was replaced with a new version to include the athletic department's new logo.

A brand new, state-of-the-art videoboard was installed in the north end zone in time for the 2009 season, a $2 million addition to the facility. Built by Daktronics, the national leader in scoreboard and videoboard manufacturers, it is 25 feet x 45 feet and can show one display or be split into multiple replays. In addition, the south end zone received a brand new LED scoreboard that all fans can easily see during the day or at night.

The stadium's namesake -- Joe Aillet is a member of the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame and the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame -- guided his Tech teams to a 151-86-8 record and nine conference championships from 1940-1966. The winning tradition Aillet established during his days of coaching at Louisiana Tech has continued as the Bulldogs have posted 10 perfect seasons in the facility's history.

From the first game ever played in the stadium, a 35-7 win over East Carolina on Sept. 28, 1968, to a 22-14 victory over SEC foe Mississippi State in 2008, Joe Aillet Stadium been the site of some of the most magical moments in Louisiana Tech football history.

Joe Aillet Stadium has proven to be a tough place for opposing teams to play for more than four decades. Over the course of the stadium's history, Tech has dominated opponents as the 132-56-2 record indicates a winning percentage of 70 percent. Since Tech moved up to Division I-A in 1989, the Bulldogs have registered a mark of 70-30 at Joe Aillet Stadium, a winning percentage of about 70 percent.

In that inaugural game against East Carolina at Joe Aillet Stadium, a young quarterback named Terry Bradshaw guided the Bulldogs to the victory as Tech fullback Buster Herren scored the first touchdown ever at the stadium on a two-yard run with 6:20 remaining in the second quarter. It was just the first of many memorable moments for Tech fans in Ruston.

On two different occasions over the past 40-plus years, Tech has registered streaks of 18 straight wins at Joe Aillet Stadium.

The first such streak started with a 23-0 win over UL-Monroe in the final game of the 1971 season and ended with a 49-20 win over Tennessee-Chattanooga in the fifth game of the 1975 season. That run by coach Maxie Lambright's teams included two small college and one Division II national championship seasons.

During the late `80s and early `90s, the Bulldogs won their first 18 home games after joining the Division I-A ranks. Tech defeated Northern Illinois 42-21 in the first home game of the 1989 season to begin the streak with the last of the 18 wins being a 17-16 victory over Northern Illinois in 1993.

Included in that string of wins was a 31-30 victory over Colorado State on Nov. 17, 1990, that catapulted the Bulldogs into the 1990 Independence Bowl. Tech trailed 30-14 late in the third quarter before scoring 17 unanswered points, capped by Gene Johnson's 16-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Slaughter with 2:14 to play. The Bulldog defense held the Rams to four and out on their final possession as a wild celebration ensued, which ultimately ended in the goal posts in the south end zone being torn down by Tech fans.

One of the biggest individual matchups in the stadium's history came on Sept. 5, 1998, when two future NFL quarterbacks squared off as Central Florida's Daunte Culpepper led his team to a 64-30 win over Tech's Tim Rattay and the Bulldogs. Culpepper passed for 370 yards and four scores while rushing for 69 yards and two more touchdowns while Rattay passed for 524 yards and three touchdowns.

The 2000 season saw a milestone reached at Joe Aillet Stadium as the Bulldogs under head coach Jack Bicknell recorded the 100th win in the facility's history. True freshman quarterback Luke McCown tied an NCAA Division I freshman record by tossing six touchdowns in the milestone 48-14 victory over UL-Lafayette on Oct. 14, 2000.

Joe Aillet Stadium hosted its first nationally televised game on Dec. 5, 2002, when ESPN came to town to produce Louisiana Tech's game against Fresno State. Although Tech fell in the contest, it was another milestone for the program and the facility it has called home.

The 2004 season opened with another nationally televised home game, as the Bulldogs defeated Nevada 38-21 Sept. 6 on ESPN2. This was just a preview of things to come during the season at Joe Aillet Stadium.

Less than one month later, Tech fans were able to witness one of the greatest games in Joe Aillet Stadium history, as Louisiana Tech downed No. 17 Fresno State 28-21 on Oct. 2. Tech trailed 13-0 early in the second quarter before running back Ryan Moats and the Bulldog defense turned up their level of play. Moats rushed for 236 yards and four scores, including the game-winner with just under four minutes to play, which was set up by an interception deep in Fresno State territory.

The win was sealed when current Green Bay Packers star Tramon Williams intercepted Paul Pinegar with less than :30 remaining, starting a wild celebration that saw the goal posts in both end zones torn down.

The 2011 season saw disappointing lows early on but a wet championship finish. After leading Houston 34-7 with 20 minutes to play, Tech dropped a heart-breaking 35-34 decision to the Cougars but ended the year with seven straight wins, including two at home, as the Bulldogs clinched the 2011 WAC Championship with a 44-0 route of New Mexico State in a driving rainstorm in late November.

These games and many more are what have made Tech fans the real winners over the years.

As the warm fall evenings approach and another year of Bulldog football begins, Joe Aillet Stadium will once again host some of the best college football the nation has to offer.

  Accessibility


Handicapped accessible areas are available on both sides of the stadium. Accommodations for wheelchairs on the east side are between Sections K and KK and at the 50-yard line between Sections O and OO. On the west side, the area is located between Sections I and II.

  Alcohol


Alcoholic beverages at Joe Aillet Stadium are prohibited by state law.

  Concessions


Concessions are located in six convenient areas on both the east and west sides of the stadium.

  Directions


From the West on I-20
Take I-20 east to Exit 84 (Ruston). At the end of exit ramp, turn right (south). The stadium will be less than a mile ahead on the right.

From the East on I-20
Take I-20 west to Exit 84 (Ruston). At the end of exit ramp, turn left (south). The stadium will be less than a mile ahead on the right.

  First Aid


First aid is available for fans at Joe Aillet Stadium.

West Concourse (Press Box side): The First Aid Station is located at the base of the elevator shaft.

East Concourse: An ambulance will be parked next to the Police Mobile Command Center outside the gates. Contact an usher if you have an emergency.

  (Outside) Food & Drink


Ice chests and/or coolers are not permitted inside the stadium at any time as well as any outside food or drink.

  Lost and Found


Lost and found is located at the first aid stations on either side of the stadium. Lost items should be turned in and can be claimed in the two locations. Following games, items will be taken to the Tech Athletics Facilities Office located in the Thomas Assembly Center.

  Prohibited Items


Please be aware of the following items that are not allowed within the gates of Independence Stadium:

No Outside Food or Drink
No Ice Chests or Coolers
No Umbrellas
No Laser Pointers/Lights
No Video Cameras
No Oversize Bags
All Bags are Subject to Search
No Weapons, including Pocket Knives or Pocket Tools (Swiss Army Knives, etc.)

  Public Address System


Public address system is for official use only. No special announcements will be made over the PA system. Emergency situations can be reported to the security personnel at the entrance to the press box located on the west side of the stadium, and an announcement will be made if needed.

  Public Telephones


Public telephones are located on both the east and west sides of the stadium near the restrooms.

  Restrooms


Restrooms are located on both the east and west sides of the stadium near the concession areas behind Section O and E.

  Seating Chart


Joe Aillet Stadium Seating Chart

 

  Tailgating


Tailgating is allowed in all four parking lots (A, B, C, D) around Joe Aillet Stadium and in the grass areas surrounding Joe Aillet Stadium and the Thomas Assembly Center (including Garland Gregory Hideaway Park). RV spaces are available for guests attending football games. Please contact the LTAC and Alumni Association office for more information.

  Tickets


Individual game and season tickets are available for Louisiana Tech Football games based upon availability. For more information or to purchase football tickets, please contact the LA Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631, email TechTickets@LATech.edu or visit the LA Tech Ticket Office webpage. You can also stop by the LA Tech Ticket Office (located on the east side of the Thomas Assembly Center) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The LA Tech Ticket Office is also open on game day for advance sales.

  Tobacco Policy


Current Louisiana State Laws prohibit smoking inside Joe Aillet Stadium.  Anyone who wishes to smoke will be allowed to exit the stadium and return with a valid used ticket. Smoking is prohibited inside the stadium and within 25 feet of any gate. This will be enforced by security and police. PA announcer will make periodic announcements and this information will be included in all pre-game announcements.

  Ushers and Security


Ushers and security personnel are located at various areas within the stadium. There are no ushers in the general admission seating sections located on the east side.

  Will Call


The Louisiana Tech Box Office and Will Call will open five hours prior to kickoff. Will Call will be located on the East side of the Thomas Assembly Center.

 
 Quick Facts
 Year Opened  1968 (Tech Stadium)
 Official Capacity  30,600
 Surface  FieldTurf Mono
 Largest Crowd  28,714 (Sept. 13, 1997)
 Tech 17, UL-Monroe 16
 
 Gameday Info
 Accessibility
 Alcohol Policy
 Concessions
 Directions
 First Aid
 (Outside) Food & Drink
 Lost & Found
 Prohibited Items
 Public Address System
 Public Telephones
 Restrooms
 Seating Chart
 Tailgating Information
 Ticket Information
 Tobacco Policy
 Ushers & Security
 Will Call

 Joe Aillet Stadium Superlatives
 First Game  Sept. 28, 1968 (W, 35-7)
 vs. East Carolina
 First Touchdown   Buster Herren (Tech)
 2-yard run (6:20, 2nd Qtr)
 Sept. 28, 1968
 vs. East Carolina
 First TD Pass   Buster Herren (Tech)
 5-yard pass
 (10:16, 3rd Qtr)
 Sept. 28, 1968
 vs. East Carolina
 Longest Winning
 Streak
  18, twice
 (1971-1975)
 (1989-1993)
 Longest Losing
 Streak
  3
 (1970)
 Most Points
 Scored by Tech
 77, twice
 Nov. 15, 1969
 (Tech 77, Lamar 40)
 Sept. 19, 1998
 (Tech 77, UL-Lafayette 14)
 Most Points
 Scored by
 Opponent
 64
 Sept. 5, 1998
 (UCF 64, Tech 30)
 Largest Margin
 of Victory
 63
 Sept. 19, 1998
 (Tech 77, UL-Lafayette 14)
 Largest Margin
 of Defeat
 42
 Nov. 18, 2006
 (Nevada 42, Tech 0)

 Ticket Prices | Purchase Tickets
 Westside Adult  $30
 Westside Youth  $15
 Eastside Adult  $20
 Eastside Youth  $10
 3 Yrs Old
 and Younger
 Free