Cougs say farewell to Robertson Stadium

Final game played on Saturday

Published On: Nov 24 2012 05:23:08 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 24 2012 11:34:51 PM CST
HOUSTON -

With a new stadium in the works, the University of Houston Cougars kicked off their last game at Robertson Stadium on Saturday.

When the season finishes out, officials said the 70-year-old stadium will be torn down and replaced with a state-of-the-art stadium.

Cougar fans said the news is bittersweet.

"We've been here during the downs, during the ups, and it's just nice to close out the stadium the right way and start a new era," said Tony Zamarripa, University of Houston class of 2005.

"It's sad. We've experienced a lot together as students. And then as we got older as alum. It's been an experience, so it's been nice," said Elio Longoria, University of Houston student class of 2004.

"What it means for us is all the experience we've had here as 20-year-olds, 19-year-olds, you know graduating just looking back and saying hey look how far we've come," said Sharon Galipp, a University of Houston alum.

The Cougars game Saturday against Tulane University kicked off at 2:30 p.m. Houston holds a 13-4 series lead over Tulane, including a 6-2 record at home.

The Cougars have won the last nine meetings between the two schools.

Officials said the new stadium will be set for play in the 2014 season.