LARAMIE, Wyo. (July 4, 2018) – If altitude is the benchmark, no team is more deserving of its membership in the Mountain West Conference than the Wyoming Cowboys. They play their home games at 7,220 feet, a fact prominently displayed on the turf along the Cowboys’ sideline at Laramie’s War Memorial Stadium.
The Stadium was completed in 1950 and is the highest altitude venue for any Division I football team in the country (the highest football stadium at any level is in Gunnison, Colorado). As with many stadiums of that age or older, most of the original structure is now beneath subsequent expansions and renovations. War Memorial is still compact by 2018 standards, seating just over 29,000 fans.
The Cowboys went 8-5 in 2017, and closed out the year with a postseason victory over Central Michigan. They are 7-8 overall in bowl games, with five of those appearances coming in the past two decades, an era that saw the number of bowl games increase from 20 in 1997 to 41 in 2017. The most successful postseason stretch for the Cowboys was from 1956-1966 when they played in, and won, three Sun Bowls (1956, 1958, 1966).
Earlier this spring, Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen was drafted in the first round by the Buffalo Bills and was the seventh overall pick in the draft. With the selection, Allen became the highest drafted Cowboy in the history of the program, which began play in 1892. The NFL’s first draft was in 1936.
The Cowboys open their 2018 campaign on the road on Saturday, August 25, against the New Mexico State Aggies. The Aggies are an FBS Division-I independent, while Wyoming is projected by Athlon to finish third in the Mountain West’s Mountain Division.