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Good Night, Rubber Bowl

By admin Published: October 11, 2008


The bride and I went to the legendary Rubber Bowl for the University of Akron's last homecoming game in the stadium; UA moves its football games into a new palace on the campus in '09. The Rubber Bowl is not only a piece of Akron history -- open since 1940 -- it is part of a large expanse of Akroniana; Derby Downs, the Soap Box Derby track, is nearby.  Since I have never been to the Rubber Bowl, and we were running out of chances, we went to see UA play Bowling Green this afternoon and evening. Sunny afternoon, crisp and clear night. Generally festive crowd, lots of vintage Akron wear, and the marching band was accompanied by an alumni/ae aggregation. The Rubber Bowl does have a funky, old-fashioned quality, from the peeling paint on the bench seats to the troughs in the men's room. I know there are modern football fans who will prefer a big, glossy new facility, but there's something to be said for historic charm. It was just too bad UA let a lead slip away, losing the game.

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