Dec. 6, 2012
HOUSTON - Major demolition of the 70-year old Robertson Stadium on the campus of the University of Houston will begin on Monday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. as Houston supporter Joe Chastang will be the first to run the heavy machinery responsible for the demolition. Chastang won the opportunity to do so in an auction at Houston Athletics' Hall of Honor event on Nov. 9.
Houston fans are invited to watch the process from the top of the parking garage located to the north of the stadium. Parking in the garage is available to visitors for an hourly rate of $2. The University of Houston Athletics Department will also have a webcam for fans to track the progress of the demolition on UHCougars.com.
Manhattan Construction Company, employed as the project's construction manager, began the construction process of the University of Houston's new state-of-the-art facility, set to open in August of 2014, on Dec. 2.
Manhattan Construction Company has contracted JTB Services, in a joint venture with Lindamood Demolition, to handle the Robertson Stadium demolition process. Stadium demolition is projected to last approximately six-to-eight weeks.
During the construction process, campus parking will be affected as approximately 2,020 student and faculty/staff parking spots will go offline by Dec. 8. An additional 120 faculty/staff spots will be impacted following the completion of the fall semester on Dec. 22. Sixty faculty/staff spaces will remain available in lot 15F for the duration of construction.
The recent opening of the parking garage provided a 2,300 parking spots which assists in mitigating the loss of these spaces.
Those commuters displaced by the loss of parking are encouraged to seek parking in the Stadium Garage along with the East and Welcome Center parking garages.
University of Houston Parking and Transportation also urges commuters to consider the Energy Research Park as a parking option along with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County and ride-sharing programs to reduce the number of vehicles on campus.