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Back to school

  • January 28, 2012 - 5:59 PM

BACK TO SCHOOL

Since 1995, five NFL teams have played a season or two at college stadiums while their facilities were being built or remodeled:

CAROLINA

1995: In their first season, the expansion Carolina Panthers play home games at Clemson University in South Carolina while a stadium is built in Charlotte, N.C.

TENNESSEE

1997, 1998: The Tennessee Oilers play their first season at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis. Frustrated by low attendance, they play the next season at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

SEATTLE

2000, 2001: The Seahawks play at the University of Washington's Husky Stadium while a new stadium is built in downtown Seattle.

CHICAGO

2002: The Chicago Bears play a season at the University of Illinois in Champaign, 140 miles away, while Soldier Field is being expanded.

NEW ORLEANS

2005: The Saints, forced to leave the battered Superdome after Hurricane Katrina, play home games at Louisiana State University's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge and the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Other 'back-to-school' experiences

In 1952: The Dallas Texans, drawing poor crowds at the Cotton Bowl, play their final home game in Akron, Ohio.

In 1973 and 1974: The New York Giants play at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Conn., while Yankee Stadium is being renovated.

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