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Everything is bigger in Texas, including the stadiums

With Baylor getting a new football stadium and Texas A&M underway with a massive stadium renovation, the Texas Longhorns are looking to join the fun. The home of Texas football is still the largest stadium in the state, and the university appears to be interested in keeping it that way.

According to a report by Sports Illustrated, Texas has asked PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct a study to review the possibility of adding a section of seats to the south end of Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The discussions are purely in the initial stages according to Texas athletic director Steve Patterson, but there should be little standing in the way of the project becoming a reality in a short period of time.

Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium was opened in 1924 with a capacity of 27,000 fans. Over the years the stadium has undergone 11 different upgrades, with the most recent coming prior to the 2009 season. Today the stadium has a listed seating capacity of 100,119 according to Wikipedia. That number will be eclipsed by the time Texas A&M is finished with stadium renovations to Kyle Field. Texas A&M’s stadium renovations will be completed before the 2015 football season.

Texas A&M’s Kyle Field had a seating capacity of 82,589. By the time the stadium renovations are completed the Aggies will be able to play in front of 102,500 fans. Baylor closed Floyd Casey Stadium at the conclusion of the 2013 season. The old football home could host ¬†50,000 fans when the tarp was taken off. This season the Bears, defending Big 12 champions, will move in to the brand new McLane Stadium, which will seat 45,000 but will be expandable to 55,000. TCU recently reconstructed and renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium, expanding the seating capacity from 32,000 to 45,000. The Houston Cougars are moving in to a new stadium this season as well, leaving the 32,000-seat Robertson Stadium for the brand new 40,000-seat Houston Football Stadium. Texas Tech completed a minor upgrade to Jones AT&T Stadium before the 2013 season to expand the seating capacity to 60,862.

The funding for such a project at Texas should be easy to come by for texas, if the university decides to move forward with such a project. Knowing how valuable the football program is to the university, the financial incentive should be enough to convince anyone with a vote to vote in favor. With the incoming cash flow from donors and an exclusive television contract with the Longhorn Network, funding the project should be of little concern.

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12 Responses to “Everything is bigger in Texas, including the stadiums”
  1. tgaustin says: Mar 11, 2014 10:26 AM

    You put this one on a “T” for all the haters Kevin. Let the bashing begin.

  2. suckittrebek76 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:49 AM

    Let’s all whip em out, and see who is bigger. Yes Haw!

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 11, 2014 10:50 AM

    That didn’t take long….

  4. goodfieldnohit says: Mar 11, 2014 11:02 AM

    I can certainly see the need for a larger stadium.

  5. imaduffer says: Mar 11, 2014 11:03 AM

    Not only is the water cold , it’s deep.

  6. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Mar 11, 2014 11:13 AM

    Off-season headlines…. man i cant wait for the greatest game ever to come back to the fields across America!

  7. mrlaloosh says: Mar 11, 2014 3:11 PM

    Will the tarps be orange with a big Longhorn logo on them?

  8. goodfieldnohit says: Mar 11, 2014 7:40 PM

    Since Baylor is actually moving to a smaller stadium than Floyd Casey, maybe the horns can borrow the Bears’ old tarp.

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 11, 2014 8:44 PM

    Even though the new Baylor stadium is smaller that Floyd Casey…. that’s a great looking stadium and a great setting on the water…

    Baylor did a good job with the house that RG3 built….

  10. thekingdave says: Mar 11, 2014 11:32 PM

    @goodfieldnohit

    Wow, just ridiculous. Shame on Texas for not filling up 100,000 seats against a putrid Kansas team in a lost season. Just unacceptable.

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 12, 2014 12:30 PM

    thekingdave says:
    Mar 11, 2014 11:32 PM

    @goodfieldnohit

    Wow, just ridiculous. Shame on Texas for not filling up 100,000 seats against a putrid Kansas team in a lost season. Just unacceptable.
    _______________________________

    Obviously the answer there is to add more seats…

  12. dmcgrann says: Mar 12, 2014 11:39 PM

    Announced attendance for the KU-Texas game was over 97,000.

    But, I’m sure that the fact it was on The Longhorn Network kept those extra 3,000 folks away.

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