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Univ. Of Kansas Hires Firm For Memorial Stadium Facelift, But No Groundbreaking Planned
Published May 1, 2014
TEXAS TWO-STEP: In San Antonio, Tim Griffin notes with about 80% of Baylor's $260M McLane Stadium completed, the building's Aug. 29 opener for a high school game "seems well within reach." That early game will "provide a shakedown cruise before Baylor's first game of the season two days later against SMU." McLane Stadium Senior Project Manager Jim Heley said, "We've got a lot of work to do in the next couple of months, but we're on track. We've got 123 days before the first game, so we're in good shape." Baylor Associate VP/Facilities, Planning & Construction Brian Nicholson said that the stadium "will be functional when fans arrive for the first game" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 5/1).
BEARCAT TRACKS: Univ. of Cincinnati architect Beth McGrew said that the school remains "on schedule to re-open" Nippert Stadium for the '15 season. In Cincinnati, Tom Groeschen notes the expansion "mainly will come via premium seating and focuses on the west side of the stadium, adding suites, club seats and loge boxes within a new press box structure." The new structure will be "about 1 1/2 stories taller than the former press box and about 130 yards long." The facility will "contain four levels: A press and operations level, suite level, scholarship club level, and patio suites mezzanine level." The west concourse also is "being renovated, including concession stands and restrooms." The old press box has been "torn down, and work is proceeding on the foundation of the new structure." McGrew said that there will be "more than double the current amount of both restroom and concession availability" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 5/1).