The Congressional Historic Stadium Caucus launched Friday with the intent of preserving and modernizing historic college football stadiums across the country.
U.S. Reps. Garret Graves, R-La. and Mark Pocan, D-Wis. made the announcement as co-chairs stating that they wish to protect “the integrity of these treasured venues … while enhancing their capabilities.”
The 18 stadiums targeted for preservation and upgrades include some of the oldest and most famous college football venues in the nation. The intended upgrades come at time when, in the next five years, some of the stadiums could be hosting College Football Playoff games. In the case of the Rose Bowl and Los Angeles Coliseum, they will also host the 2028 Summer Olympics.
Specifically, the caucus wants to target security enhancements, technological upgrades and create infrastructure upgrades for the stadiums, some of which are more than 120 years old.
The stadiums and their affiliated universities include:
“When Tiger fans walk into Death Valley on Saturday nights, they do more than watch a football game,” Graves said. “They walk into a 99-year-old local icon that supports our regional economy. Every bowl of jambalaya scooped and Tiger Dog served injects jobs and resources into our community.”
The CFP will expand to a 12-team field beginning in 2024. Conceivably, 15 of the 18 stadiums — home of FBS schools — could host first-round playoff games.
In 2028, the L.A. Coliseum and Rose Bowl will become the first venues to host three Olympic Games. The Coliseum underwent a $300 million renovation from 2017-19 as part of an upgrade for USC football. Several other venues have undergone improvements over the years.
The representatives plan to circulate a “Dear Colleague”…