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College Facility Notes: Univ. Of Houston Picks Design Team For New Stadium

Univ. of Houston officials have selected the team of DLR Group and PageSoutherlandPage to design a new $105M football stadium on campus. The facility will have 40,000 seats, 22 suites, 650 club seats and 200 loge box seats. Future phases could expand the building to 60,000 seats. The stadium, constructed on the site of 71-year-old Robertson Stadium, will be ready for the ‘14 season. DLR Group most recently designed a new 15,000-seat stadium for the Univ. of North Carolina-Charlotte and the firm has previously done work at Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium. PageSoutherlandPage, a local firm, has designed other UH campus facilities (Don Muret, SportsBusiness Journal).

WHAT'S COOLER THAN COOL?
Under Armour Chair, President & CEO Kevin Plank said that he believes Maryland fans “will be ‘very happy’ with a new synthetic-turf football field featuring designs and colors that the school has yet to reveal.” In Baltimore, Jeff barker noted UA is “a branding consultant on the project to transition from natural to artificial grass inside Byrd Stadium.” Plank said, “How do we make the coolest field in the country? And I mean that figuratively, and I mean that literally." The field upgrade is “part of a series of improvements to Byrd Stadium, which opened in 1950.” Barker noted it is “not known when Maryland will preview the new field design” (BALTIMORESUN.com, 6/9).

BADLY NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS
: Duke AD Kevin White said that the school “is considering plans to ‘create badly needed hospitality space’ attached to Cameron Indoor Stadium, and wants to create a plaza linking the basketball arena, Wallace Wade Stadium, the Yoh football facility and the multipurpose Murray Building.” He declined to discuss specifics, but said "when we kind of get comfortable with more detail, we'll do a splash" (AP, 6/12).

GETTING EXCITED: In San Antonio, Brent Zimmerman notes Baylor Univ. is planning to open a new $250M football stadium in '14. BU football coach Art Briles said, "Our new stadium is going to change the image and the face of Baylor and Waco. It's going to be arguably the most dynamic college football stadium in America." The stadium, which will sit on the banks of the Brazos River, will be "across the river from the school's practice fields and [an] eye-catching red-brick indoor facility." A pedestrian bridge "will link the complexes." BU AD Ian McCaw said, "The university has given us the most beautiful part of campus to develop our athletics facilities. ... The football stadium will be the capstone to our facilities" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 6/13).
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