Washington–Grizzly Stadium is an outdoor athletic stadium in Missoula, Montana, located on the campus of the University of Montana. It is home to the Montana Grizzlies college football team, a dominant program of the Big Sky Conference and consistently a top team in Division I FCS, formerly known as Division I-AA. It is the largest all-purpose stadium in the state of Montana. The infilled SprinTurf playing field is 20 feet (6.1 m) below ground level; it runs in the traditional north-south configuration and sits at an elevation of 3,190 feet (970 m) above sea level. The press box is above the west sideline. In October 2011, it was announced that the stadium would add light in time for the 2012 football season that would, in addition to making night games a possibility, make the stadium more multidimensional with the ability to host more campus rec sports, high school games or championships, and concerts.
The University of Montana (often simply referred to as the U; U of M, and UM) is a public research university located in Missoula, Montana, in the United States. Founded in 1893, the university is the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Montana System and is its largest institution. The main campus is located at the foot of Mount Sentinel, the mountain bearing Missoula's most recognizable landmark, a large hillside letter "M." It is a major source of research, continuing education, economic development and fine arts, as well as a driving force in strengthening Montana's ties with countries throughout the world.
The university calls itself a "city within a city," and contains its own restaurants, medical facilities, banking, postal services, police department, and ZIP code. The University of Montana ranks 17th in the nation and fifth among public universities in producing Rhodes Scholars, with a total of 28 such scholars. The University of Montana has 11 Truman Scholars, 14 Goldwater Scholars and 31 Udall Scholars to its name.