The home of the Advocare V100 Independence Bowl and host of a Mountain West vs ACC matchup starting in 2010.
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Founded in 1836 by the Shreve Town Company to found a town at the junction of the Red River and Texas Trail. Now the 3rd largest city in Louisiana and 99th largest in the US with a population of 200,145.
Area is know as Ar-La-Tex. Arkansas-Louisiana-TexasArea Code:
Home of a GM plant that produces the H3, H3T, Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon and Isuzu I-Series. Scheduled to close on or before 2012. Riverboat gambling has been growing in popularity over the years.Climate:
Typical of the region. Subtropical climate with lots of heat, humidity and rain.Elevation:
144 ftAverage temp in December:
High - 58
Low - 37Birthplace of:
Terry Bradshaw, John David Booty, Jacob Hester.Former sports teams:
Shreveport Pirates (Canadian Football League)
Shreveport Steamer (World Football League)Current Teams:
Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings (afl2)
Bossier-Shreveport Mud Bugs (CHL)
Shreveport-Bossier Captains (American Association) Independent BaseballAirport:
Shreveport Regional Airport (SHV)
Served by Allegiant, American, Continental, DeltaDriving distance/times:
New Oreans - 342 miles / 5 hours 21 minutes
Dallas - 186 miles /2 hours 59 minutes
Houston - 241 miles /5 hours 44 minutes
Albuquerque - 933 miles - 14 hours 26 minutes
Colorado Springs - 1,049 miles - 16 hours 159 minutes
Fort Collins - 1,120 miles - 17 hours 21 minutes
Fort Worth - 222 miles - 3 hours 29 minutes
Las Vegas - 1501 miles - 23 hours 59 minutes
Laramie - 1201 miles - 18 hours 31 minutes
Provo - 1,625 miles - 25 hours
Salt Lake City - 1,591 miles - 25 hours
San Diego -1,546 miles - 23 hours 49 minutesIndependence Bowl History
- Played in Independence Stadium
- Founded in 1976 and named after the Bicentennial celebration
In 1990 became one the first bowls to take a corporate sponsor and became known as the Poulan Weed-Eater Bowl.
Other former Sponsors:
Sanford Writing Products 1998-2000
MainStay Investments 2001-2003
In 2005 the Bowl rejected the bid of Deja-Vu Gentleman's Clubs to become the title sponsor.
PetroSun - 2006-2007. PetroSun was supposed to be the sponsor through 2008 but bailed prior to the '08 game due the Economic crisis.
Advocare - 2009-Present
Advocare is a maker of energy drinks and nutritional supplements that are sold through multi-level marketing.Independence Stadium Facts
Opened in: 1925
Field Surface: Turf
Hosted a New Orleans Saint preseason game in 2005 while the Superdome was being repaired. The South Endzone borders Interstate 20.
Hosts area high school football games during the Fall.Last years Independence Bowl:
Lousiana Tech 17 Northern Illinois - 10
Attendance - 41,567
Nielsen Rating - 0.8