HOUSTON - The University of Houston Board of Regents gave approval Thursday for the Houston Department of Athletics to move forward with the design of an indoor football facility. The preliminary project timeline calls for a design phase beginning this spring with construction of the facility starting in the fall of 2016, pending Board of Regents’ approval of final designs and funding plan.
“An indoor practice facility will continue to provide the best possible tools for our program to recruit and compete at a national level,” Vice President for Athletics Hunter Yurachek said. “We are thankful that Dr. Khator and our Board of Regents value this facility’s importance for our program, and more importantly for our student-athlete experience.”
The project calls for an 80,000-square foot steel facility adjacent to both TDECU Stadium and the current Houston Football practice facility with a synthetic turf practice field and a football-specific strength and conditioning area.
“This is a vital facility for our program and we cannot be more appreciative for the vision from our administration in Dr. Khator, Hunter Yurachek and our Board of Regents,” Houston Football head coach Tom Herman said. “We emphasize championship preparation with a fanatical effort, and having an indoor facility and a football-specific weight room maximizes our efficiency in competing for championships.”
The indoor football facility is only the latest capital improvement for Houston Athletics in recent years. TDECU Stadium, the $125 million home of Houston Football, opened in August 2014, while the $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development Facility opened in January.
Last November also saw the Board of Regents approve the capital renewal project of up to $60 million for the current Houston Basketball Center, while administrators recently unveiled plans for a new 20,000+-square foot, two-level Player Development Center and Clubhouse down the third-base line at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park. The clubhouse is in addition to the recent installment of the Sanders-Gutierrez Scoreboard, one of the nation’s largest collegiate baseball video boards, and installation of baseball specific FieldTurf DoublePlay playing surface.
Tom Tellez Track at Carl Lewis International Complex is currently undergoing a $1.8 million renovation and is set to reopen this spring, while Football also saw the renovation of two practice fields in 2013. Houston Softball’s locker room underwent renovations, and the home of Houston Men’s and Women’s Golf recently added the Mike and Pat Booker Short Game Facility at Golf Club of Houston in nearby Humble, Texas.
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