How Mountain West Football Stadiums Got Their Names

    How did each Mountain West football stadium get its name? What are the stories behind the names to college football’s shrines?

    April 4, 2016


    How did each Mountain West football stadium get its name? What are the stories behind the names to college football’s shrines?


    From benefactors to memorials, each Mountain West football stadium has its own unique flavor and history.

    So what’s in a name?

    Their names are as much a part of the sport as the players that wear the school colors or the coaches that prowl the sidelines – with the exception of those places named after nicknames or schools. They’re integral fragments of your autumn vernacular, yet you often know not who they are. You’ve spent countless hours and memorable moments in their houses, but you’d struggle to identify them in a photo.

    They are the names behind the football stadium names. The men, women and corporations, who’ve been honored for their unwavering service, dedication and generosity to institutions of higher learning.

    Those surnames on the outside facing of your favorite Mountain West football stadiums and the face of your Saturday afternoon ticket stubs are real people. Real special—and philanthropic—people in most instances. Their backgrounds and paths to immortality are as diverse as the architecture of the arenas themselves. Their drive for success and love for a school are the ties that bind this unique collection of individuals.

    Boise State – Albertsons Stadium

    Named for … Albertsons Company Inc.
    Who are they? After being known as Bronco Stadium for its first 44 seasons, Boise State’s home building made the switch to Albertsons Stadium in 2014. The grocery chain, with roots in Boise, purchased naming rights for $12.5 million in an agreement that stretches through the 2028 season.

    Colorado State – Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium

    Named for … Sonny Lubick and Harry Hughes
    Who were they? Hughes was the original father of football in Fort Collins, first prowling the sidelines a century ago when CSU was known as Colorado A&M. Lubick was a modern-may Hughes, winning 108 games and six league titles with the Rams between 1993-2007.

    Nevada – Mackay Stadium

    Named for … Clarence Mackay
    Who was he? Mackay was the son of John Mackay, the famous Comstock silver king. The Mackay family bestowed large sums of money to the Reno school throughout the early 1900s.

    San Diego State – Qualcomm Stadium

    Named for … Qualcomm Corporation
    Who are they? Qualcomm, a San Diego telecom company, assisted in the aging building’s 1997 expansion by paying $18 million in exchange for 20 years of naming rights. The agreement ends in 2017, though the city hopes to be replacing Qualcomm with a state-of-the-art facility by that time.

    UNLV – Sam Boyd Stadium

    Named for … Sam Boyd
    Who was he? Boyd was a legendary Las Vegas figure before his death in 1993. From humble beginnings as a dealer in the 1940s, he worked his way up to become a wealthy man and one of the innovators within the casino industry. When UNLV needed a new football stadium to replace its unsafe predecessor, Boyd donated 1.5 million.

    Utah State – Romney Stadium

    Named for … Dick Romney
    Who was he? From 1919-1948, Romney was the head coach of the Aggie football team. He’s the winningest coach in school history and was elected to the NCAA Hall of Fame in 1954.

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