Akron – October 2013 – Death of the Rubber Bowl

The Akron Rubber Bowl was a stadium that was opened in 1940 as a WPA project, with a capacity of nearly 40,000. The stadium was used primarily by the University of Akron for football, but also hosted Cleveland Browns and Rams games, high school games, and numerous concerts including Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, the Rolling Stones, and many others.

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With a new stadium built on campus in 2007 the Rubber Bowl became vacant. While there have been a number of schemes for re-use it was still empty in 2013 when they were auctioning off the components of the stadium (in theory to remodel it – never happened). People bought piles of bleacher seats, astroturf and other sundry stuff.

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As with many old stadiums it was sad to see the state it was in, and it hsan’t gotten any better.