Baylor StadiumWhen it opens in fall 2014, Baylor Stadium will be "arguably the most dynamic college football stadium in America." The $250 million on-campus stadium is under construction on a 93-acre site at the intersection of Interstate 35, one of the nation's busiest highways, and the Brazos River, the longest waterway in the state of Texas.
Baylor Stadium will hold 45,000 spectators, with the flexibility to expand to 55,000, and feature a bridge crossing the Brazos connecting the stadium to the campus. Construction began in fall 2012 following a successful fundraising campaign in the spring and summer, along with $35 million in approved TIF funding. The stadium complex is expected to be completed in fall 2014. In addition to moving football games to the Baylor campus, the Baylor Stadium project is expected to help stimulate riverfront development, revitalize downtown Waco and bring jobs and economic development to the region.
The contractor for the project is a partnership between Austin Commercial-Flintco LLC. The companies have worked on such Big 12 football facilities as Oklahoma State's Boone Pickens Stadium, Oklahoma's Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium and TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium. The architect for the project is Kansas City, Mo.-based Populous, which has designed several stadiums, including Minute Maid Park in Houston and the new football stadium at the University of Minnesota.
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WACO, Texas (March 13, 2012) - Baylor University's Board of Regents announced today that the university has received a leadership gift - the largest capital gift in university history - from Elizabeth and Drayton McLane Jr. for Baylor's new on-campus football stadium alongside the Brazos River. With this naming rights gift, the McLane family asked that the new football facility be named Baylor Stadium. The generous gift will lead on-going fundraising to support stadium construction.
WACO, Texas (May 9, 2012) - Baylor University announced today that the university has received a major gift from John Eddie Williams Jr., BBA '76, JD '78, of Houston for Baylor Stadium. This generous gift, which ranks among the top five capital gifts in university history, will support construction of the university's new on-campus football stadium - Baylor Stadium - to be built alongside the Brazos River. With this naming rights gift, the field at Baylor Stadium will be named John Eddie Williams Field.
WACO, Texas (May 17, 2012) - Baylor University announced today that the university has received a major gift from Sheila and Walter Umphrey, BBA '59, JD '65, of Beaumont, for Baylor Stadium, the university's new on-campus football stadium. This generous gift - which ranks among the top 10 capital gifts in university history and top five gifts in Baylor Athletics' history - will support construction of the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Bridge at Baylor Stadium that will be built over the Brazos River, connecting the new stadium with Baylor Law School and the Baylor campus.
Baylor Regents Vote to Move Forward with Baylor Stadium Construction Pending Favorable Waco City Council Vote Aug. 7
WACO, Texas (July 20, 2012) - The Baylor University Board of Regents voted unanimously Thursday night to move forward with construction of the University's $250 million football stadium complex, pending a favorable final vote by Waco's City Council on Aug. 7. The Baylor Stadium project is expected to help stimulate riverfront development, revitalize downtown Waco and bring jobs and economic development to the region.
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