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College Football Facility Notes: Texas State Plans To Upgrade

Texas State Univ. Planning To Add 13,500 Seats
On North End Of Bobcat Stadium By '12

Texas State Univ. yesterday announced “its intentions to open the doors to a nearly 30,000-seat Bobcat Stadium in time for the 2012 football season.” In San Antonio, Jerry Briggs notes the project "would 'wall in' the north end of the stadium, adding 13,500 seats" to the existing facility. TSU officials confirmed that the “groundbreaking on the project would begin” after the ’11 season. Texas State AD Larry Teis said that “he would like to have a 28,500-seat facility ready for next year.” WAC Commissioner Karl Benson last month mentioned TSU and the Univ. of Texas at San Antonio as schools “under consideration as potential new members” of the conference (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 9/2).

SWEET DIGS: The Texas Tech Club, a new private member club located in Jones AT&T Stadium, is on track for a mid-September opening and will be hosting its first pregame tailgate party for the Texas Tech football team's season opener against SMU Sunday. The club has floor-to-ceiling windows that offer views of the stadium facing west and downtown Lubbock to the east. It will serve as host throughout the season to home game pregame pep rallies and game-day tailgate parties for members (Texas Tech).

SAY NO TO GRASS STAINS: In Nevada, Joe Santoro reports the Univ. of Nevada “ripped out its old, worn playing surface this summer and installed a new Field Turf playing field" at Mackay Stadium. Nevada's football team will “christen the new surface for the first time” tonight as it hosts Eastern Washington in its season opener. The new turf was “installed for just less than $500,000” (NEVADA APPEAL, 9/1).

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