Jones Stadium: El Paso, Texas
Jones was the first major concrete stadium built in the country, opening in 1916 with a seating capacity of 12,000. The stadium is the home field for El Paso (Texas)
and the entire package was constructed at a cost of $500,000.
The school is nicknamed "The Lady on the Hill" because it sits on a mountainside at the foot of the Franklin Mountains. It overlooks central El Paso and its border with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The school actually wraps around the stadium and semicircular steps lead from the field directly to the main entrance of the school. Combined, they take up four city blocks.
Officials estimate that if this same package was put together today, it would cost more than 10 times its original price. El Paso High, which has beautiful marble floors, was named a historic landmark in 1980 by The National Register of Historic Places.
General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing once rode his horse into Jones Stadium to help celebrate the end of World War I and the first three Sun Bowl games also were held there.
Due to crumbling concrete, the stadium was rebuilt to original specifications in 1993. Quick aerial flyover of Jones Stadium