Funding approved for TDECU Stadium upgrade


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The University of Houston (in Houston, Texas, US) Board of Regents (the governing body of the University of Houston System) recently approved funding for projects at and adjacent to the school’s football stadium that total $140 million.

‘connectcre’ stated that a 105,000-square-foot facility on the West side of the TDECU Stadium in Houston will house the university’s football operations, including the team’s training space, locker room, health and nutrition space, and staff offices. The project will also connect the facility to the TDECU Stadium at the West end zone.

The University of Houston is a public research university in Houston, Texas, US. Established in 1927 as the Houston Junior College, one of the multiple junior college institutions formed in the first quarter of the Twentieth Century.

The 40,000-plus-capacity John O’Quinn Field at the TDECU Stadium is an American football stadium on the campus of the University of Houston. The stadium serves as the home of the Houston Cougars football team, which represents the University of Houston in collegiate football and the Houston Roughnecks of the XFL.

The Houston Cougars football program is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football team that represents the University of Houston. The team is commonly referred to as ‘Houston’ or ‘UH’. The UH football program is a member of the Big 12 Conference.

The Houston Roughnecks are a professional American football team based in Houston, Texas, US. The team is an owned-and-operated member of the XFL. The Roughnecks plays their home games at the TDECU Stadium. The Roughnecks have a franchise regular season record of 12-3, the highest win percentage among all current XFL teams.

The XFL is a professional American football minor league consisting of eight teams located across the United States in mid-sized to major markets. Seasons run from February to May, with each team playing a 10-game regular season, and four progressing to the playoffs to crown a season champion.

Indianapolis (US)-based the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a nonprofit organization that regulates student-athletics among about 1,100 schools in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

The NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-A, is the highest level of college football in the United States. The FBS consists of the largest schools in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. As of the 2023 season, there are 10 Conferences and 133 schools in FBS.

The Big 12 Conference is a college athletic conference headquartered in Irving, Texas, US. It consists of 10 full-member universities. It is a member of Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association for all sports.

‘connectcre’ further stated that the second project – renovations to the TDECU Stadium – will cost around $50 million. The renovations include a new scoreboard. The project will also construct new premium seating, including 14 suites, 392 club seats and a party deck that will have 294 ledge seats.

Revenue from the renovations is expected to exceed $90 million over the term of the project.

The university has signed contracts with the Dallas-based Austin Commercial for construction and Omaha, Nebraska-based DLR Group for design of the projects.

Austin Commercial is one of the largest, most diversified builders in the United States nationally recognized for its exceptional safety records, diversity-inclusion program and its innovative construction solutions across several diverse markets.

The DLR Group is an integrated design firm delivering architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, and building optimization for new construction, renovation and adaptive reuse. Our promise is to elevate the human experience through design. This promise inspires sustainable design for a diverse group of public and private sector clients, the local communities and our planet.

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