Cajun Field is a stadium located in the city of Lafayette, Louisiana. Nicknamed The Swamp, it is the home field of the Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns. The University Of Louisiana at Lafayette stadium is primarily used for its American football and women's soccer athletic teams. Cajun Field boasts 2,577 chairback seats and bleacher seating to the capacity of another 28,423, giving the stadium an official seating capacity of 31,000. In planning since at least 1967 (when a rendition was featured on the football media guide), it was built in 1970 as a replacement for McNaspy Stadium, opening on September 25, 1971 with a shutout of Santa Clara University.
The stadium consists of a bowl with seating on the sidelines, with a second deck on the east sideline. One of the biggest games at the stadium was when 38,783 fans on September 14, 1996, saw the Cajuns upset 25th-ranked Texas A&M, 29-22. It was also the first victory ever for the team over a ranked opponent. The largest crowd ever at The Swamp was 41,357 fans on September 5th, 2009, when the Cajuns beat Southern University 42-19 at the 9th annual Herbert Heymann Football Classic.
Because of Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 New Orleans Bowl was played here instead of in New Orleans, with Southern Miss defeating Arkansas State, 31-19. Also the Tulane Green Wave football team used it for a home game in 2005 after being displaced by the hurricane. In addition, Cajun Field hosted the final preseason game of the New Orleans Breakers of the United States Football League on February 18, 1984, a 20-0 victory over the Memphis Showboats.