Independence Stadium, formerly known as State Fair Stadium, it is the site of the annual Independence Bowl in Shreveport post-season college football game, initially (1976) the Bicentennial Bowl. Before this, it was the home venue of the Shreveport Steamer of the short-lived World Football League (1974-75). The stadium is also host to numerous high school football games and soccer matches, since many schools in Shreveport lack an on-campus facility. Independence Stadium hosted the LHSAA state football championships in 2005 after the Louisiana Superdome suffered damage from Hurricane Katrina.
In 1994-5, Independence Stadium was home to the Shreveport Pirates of the Canadian Football League, which was undergoing US expansion at the time. The team ultimately failed due to low attendance.
In the late 1990s, the stadium capacity was expanded from approximately 40,000 to 50,832. This was part of a grander upgrade plan that improved all aspects of the facility, from concourses to playing surface.
The south end zone of the stadium borders Interstate 20.