Follow him at twitter.com/Foles74. It’s been nearly five years since the new Naranche Stadium opened in Uptown Butte. In so many ways, the addition of Naranche and BC’s move to Tech has been beneficial to the home teams. There was a problem saving your notification. Opened 34 years ago in 1986, it is home to the Montana Grizzlies, a member of the Big Sky Conference and a team in Division I FCS (formerly Division I-AA). Campbell found Kiley Capara for a 23-yard strike that led to a touchdown four plays later, and then he found Trevor Hoffman on a 3-yard touchdown pass to take a 19-16 lead. Ask again why the two schools don’t match up and play a “City Championship” girls’ softball game against each other at Stodden Park which both teams now call their home. Campbell finished the game passing for a career-high 293 yards on 18-of-32 attempts while Hoffman had 184. Montana Tech 2021 spring football schedule, Feb. 27 -- at Eastern OregonMarch 6 -- vs. Montana State-NorthernMarch 13 -- vs. Carroll CollegeMarch 20 -- at College of IdahoMarch 27 -- vs. Southern OregonApril 3 -- at Rocky Mountain CollegeApril 10 -- vs. Montana Western. Green coached Montana Tech… Home games used to start at 8, then 7:30 and now 7. Keep it Clean. That pass would have put points on the board with a short field goal. Coming back and finding a way to win, I give my hat’s off to these players.”. With its noise and with Bulldog fans sitting right over the top of the Bulldog opposition, Naranche is about as good of a home-field advantage as you will see in high school football. We'd love to hear eyewitness Carroll players celebrate after defeating Montana Tech on Saturday at Nelson Stadium in Helena. And, if you go to the Butte High-Helena High game on Oct. 21, you will miss the annual showdown between Butte Central and Dillon. A win for the Orediggers would put them one step closer to an at-large playoff berth. Playing at high altitude or confronting the Hooligans, the Frontier Conference knows that every home game in Butte is a challenge. The Frontier Conference and the Orediggers return to action with an eight-game conference... Oredigger Hall of Fame Class Announced More importantly, they completed a 31-19 upset win over No. But in the end, Saints coach Troy Purcell and his team won the fourth quarter. The NAIA national playoffs are scheduled to being April 17 with the national championship game on May 10, 2021 at Eddie Robinson Stadium in Grambling, La. [4] It is the largest all-purpose stadium in the state of Montana. The previous record was 26,352, set in 2014 against rival Montana State on November 22; both games were Grizzly victories. The stadium became even nicer this season because a new, state-of-the-art turf was put down. A win for Carroll would signify improvement, clinching its first winning season in five years. Nice thought Bill but you’re dreaming. The Orediggers' 2021 spring football schedule was unveiled on the Frontier Conference website this week. Renovations over the last couple of years have turned Alumni Coliseum into a high caliber stadium for athletes and fans. Adversity had a few faces that showed up to Nelson Stadium and it didn’t take long make an appearance. The Orediggers lost their final two games of the season to finish at 6-4 and miss the NAIA national playoffs. MISSOULA — Dan Kistler Jr. has enjoyed a wild ride since departing Washington-Grizzly Stadium for the final time seven years ago. For its first fifteen seasons, the playing surface was natural grass. racist or sexually-oriented language. Then Naranche Stadium’s secret would be dirty no more. Required fields are marked with *. Both stadiums were far from capacity, however. The teams are pretty much told when they will play. “It goes back to winning the rep and not being too excited,” Purcelll said. Alumni Coliseum was built in the 1960's by the Alumni Association and Butte community. Montana Tech of the University of Montana, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Montana_Tech_Orediggers_football&oldid=961701528, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 9 June 2020, at 23:12. You would be surprised at all the Bulldog jackets at the Maroon games and vice versa. He was held to just 11 yards in the first quarter. After Grizzly Field (Softball) installed "FieldTurf" in their new stadium, "FieldTurf" pitched the University with a new football field and within a month, it was approved by the Board of Regents and installed. Instead, Butte High drives to Belgrade to play a softball game every year instead of walking 25 feet at Stodden Park and playing on Field 2. The players like to watch the other school’s game too, not just fans. Current Students. Prior to 1920, Montana played its home games at a field in downtown Missoula, near the former Missoulian newspaper building. Plus, the other teams would not go for it. Montana Tech’s Blake Counts runs through Carroll’s defense on Nov. 9, 2019. “I thought we did a good job in the second half.”. Hell, we’re lucky they still play a “City Championship” boys and girls basketball game every year at the Civic Center. Infilled SprinTurf was installed in 2001, and replaced in 2008. In the summer of 2013, an artificial playing surface was installed. Allowing Butte people to watch both Butte teams is the best for Butte. Alumni Coliseum is the site for Montana Tech Football games. So, why not have some doubleheaders like they do in Billings, where three teams share one field? Probably more than you would think. person will not be tolerated. Or maybe even make it 5 and 8. Opened 34 years ago in 1986, it is home to the Montana Grizzlies, a member of the Big Sky Conference and a team in Division I FCS (formerly Division I-AA). We all knew that would never happen, though. Sorry, but it isn’t the MHSA preventing these two schools from working together for the fans in our community. Now, the Bulldogs play on a turf that is as good as any football field in the nation. In 2011, the press box was renovated to accommodate for DiggerVision and upgraded the club section for better hospitality during football games. Remember, when the Bulldogs and Maroons both called Naranche home, the field was dirt. The stadium is named after construction magnate Dennis Washington, a Montanan who donated $1 million to finance the stadium's construction in 1985. Four are on the same day and time. Purcell knew if his players could win the fourth quarter, they would win the game. The Orediggers have always relied on a strong running game to put points on the board. Unlike Alumni Coliseum of the past, the surface has an increased forgiveness and safety for all participants. When the teams both played home games on the same weekend, Butte High would play on Friday and BC would host a Saturday night game. Before Washington–Grizzly Stadium, the Grizzlies played off-campus at "new" Dornblaser Field from 1968–86. That includes extensive coverage of the Frontier and Big Sky Conferences. The next season, the Maroons moved to Montana Tech to play on the turf of the Bob Green Field.