Athletics Unveils Future of Football, Men's Basketball Facilities

HOUSTON - In an exciting glimpse into the future, the University of Houston Athletics Department released early concepts of a new football stadium and renovated Hofheinz Pavilion on Thursday evening.

"This is an exciting time to be a part of Houston Athletics, and our plans for a new Robertson Stadium and renovated Hofheinz Pavilion send a clear message about the University's commitment to Athletics," Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades said. "This is a bold step taken by the University, and, with the loyal support of Cougar fans and the entire city of Houston, we will turn these plans into reality."

Working with AECOM - a global architecture firm - Houston Athletics administrators studied three site locations during the last four months. After analyzing the current site, the intramural fields on Cullen Boulevard and a MacGregor Park site, officials agreed that a new football Stadium on the existing site was the best choice.

Beginning in February, officials from the University, Athletics Department and AECOM reviewed numerous aspects of both projects, including costs, traffic and parking, location to campus, mass transit access and sun orientation among many others.

Combined, the projects will cost approximately $160 million and give the Athletics Department some of the nation's most impressive home facilities.

With an estimated cost of $105 million, the new football stadium will be built on the current site of Robertson Stadium. While the new facility will hold 40,000 fans initially, design plans easily accommodate expansion to more than 50,000 in the future.

The new stadium also will offer modern premium seating opportunities, including 22 luxury suites, 200 loge box seats and club seating for 650.

The East Side Stadium Complex will house a Hall of Fame, locker room facilities, academic/meeting spaces and sports medicine accommodations.

Proposed plans allow for the storied home of the men's and women's basketball teams for the past four decades to remain the Cougars' home venue while updating the facility with the latest game experience amenities.

The arena will house two new practice courts, office suites for the men's and women's basketball and volleyball programs, team academic/video rooms and space for sports medicine and sports performance.

The renovations, which are expected to cost approximately $40 million, will put fans closer to the action with 250 floor seats and 100 loge box seats.

The Cougars open the 2010 season when they play host to Texas State on Sept. 4 on John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium.

Fans can purchase season tickets now at the Athletics Ticket office from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday-through Friday, by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets link.



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