Univ. Of Texas Regents Approve $175M Stadium Expansion Project
The Univ. of Texas System Board of Regents "gave the financial go-ahead" for the flagship school to start its $175M Royal-Memorial Stadium expansion project, which will make the seating bowl at the venue "complete, add an end-zone stadium club suite and totally revamp the entire football building," according to Brian Davis of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN. UT AD Chris Del Conte said that he has "already raised" $80M from private donations. Multiple UT officials said that this new project is "more in line with today's stadium enhancements." UT will have a stadium club that "stretches the entire length of the south end zone, similar to the field-level club" at AT&T Stadium. Eight luxury suites will be "stacked on both sides of a new jumbo video board, one that will be bigger than the current 'Godzillatron' at Royal-Memorial Stadium." UT officials are essentially "creating new, lucrative revenue streams rather than just adding more bleachers." UT President Greg Fenves told the regents on Thursday that the south end zone expansion will "not increase the stadium seating capacity of 100,119." Meanwhile, Del Conte for months has "stressed the importance of renovating the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center." With this renovation, UT coaches will have "offices with window views of the field." The regents meeting and stadium approval came one day after UT announced a $1M gift for the "creation of an indoor baseball practice facility" (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 8/10).