Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium
November 8, 1924 - First Game - Texas loses to Baylor 28-10. On November 27, Texas defeated Texas A&M 7-0 in the dedication game.
1926 - A north-end horseshoe with 13 arches is added increasing stadium capacity to 40,500. Cost: $125,000.
1948 - Twenty-six rows are added to the east and west stands. In addition, a south section is built to push stadium capacity to 60,130. Cost: $1.4 million.
1955 - Eight sets of 100-foot towers are erected, four on the east side and four on the west to fully illuminate Memorial Stadium. On September 17,1955, 47,000 attend the first night game in Texas football history. Texas Tech defeated the Longhorns 20-14 for the first home-opening loss in UT history. Cost: $200,000.
1967-1972 - Artificial turf, a tartan track and aluminum seats are installed at Memorial Stadium. On September 27, 1969, 65,200 fans looked on as Texas defeated Texas Tech 49-7 in the first game played on UTs new artificial surface. The 15,990 seat upper deck was in place for the 1971 season, increasing the stadium capacity to 77,809.
1986 - The Moncrief-Neuhaus Complex at the south end of the stadium is completed. The Complex includes the Texas weight room, training facilities, meeting rooms and locker rooms. Cost: $7 million.
1989 - A new four-color animated scoreboard located at the north end of the stadium is unveiled for the home opener vs. Penn State.
1996 - Astro Turf is removed and a state-of-the-art Prescription Athletic Turf System is installed at the cost of $1.25 million. A Sony Jumbotron in-stadium video system and retrofitted north end zone scoreboard are installed at the cost of $2.8 million.
1997 - Fourteen stadium suites are added to west side of stadium. Concession plaza and visitors locker room/track locker room are reconstructed underneath west and northwest stands
1998 - Fifty-two stadium suites and a 13,000 square-foot club room designed for 1,200 people are added on the east side of the stadium. Also on the east side, a 16-row, 5,000-seat upper deck is constructed to increase the seating capacity to 79,471.
1999 - The Mike A. Myers Stadium & Soccer Field, located east of the football stadium, is completed. The Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium track oval is removed, new chairback seats are added to the west grandstand, and the field is lowered seven feet to accomodate new front rows and 600 new field level seats on the east and west grandstands. Stadium capacity is 80,092.
A FULLY RENOVATED DARRELL K ROYAL-TEXAS MEMORIAL STADIUM
Texas has completed a $93 million reconstruction project that has fully renovated, enlarged, enhanced and modernized one of the nation's tradition-rich football facilities
|Tale of the Turf
* Memorial Stadiums field was natural grass from 1925 through the 1969 season.
* Artificial turf was first applied to the Memorial Stadium floor in the summer of 1969. The turf was replaced in 1974, 1982 and 1989.
* Texas returned to natural grass (prescription athletic turf) in 1996.
-- the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium -- and six other UT facilities.
Major work was done to the east side of the stadium. The first stages of the ambitious project were initiated in 1996 at the football stadium. Included was the installation of a Prescription Athletic
Turf (PAT) grass playing field and the addition of a new Sony Jumbotron video board and retrofitted scoreboards.
In addition, a combination PAT grass/artificial turf practice complex for soccer and football, the Denius Athletics Fields, was completed by the spring of 1997, along with a new 1,200-seat Red and Charline McCombs Softball Field next to the Disch-Falk Field for baseball.
Construction progress continued in the football facility in 1997 with the opening of 14 west side stadium suites, renovation of all west grandstand patron areas (concourses, walkways, restrooms, concessions stands, novelty stands), and construction of a new visiting football team locker room in the northwest corner of the stadium. This visiting locker room doubles as the UT women's rowing team locker room on non-game days.
Prior to the 1998 football season, dramatic changes were made to the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletics Center, which houses football operations as well as strength and conditioning facilities and sports medicine facilities, and equipment issue/laundry facilities for all 20 UT sports. The top of the facility, the Fondren Roof, is covered by artificial turf and houses game day hospitality events and off-season training facilities for UT sports.
Also in 1998, a new 5,585-seat upper deck was opened on the east side of the stadium along with 50 new east side stadium suites, a 34-seat suite area called the Touchdown Club, and the 13,000 square foot area known today as The University of Texas Club. Operated by Club Corporation of America,the Club is a private club open to faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of UT, with service for breakfast, lunch, cocktail hour and dinner six days a week. The facility has been a marvelous addition to campus.
Following the 1998 season, the track oval within Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium track was removed and the field was lowered several feet to allow for new rows of seating on the east and west grandstands. Capacity is now 80,092
In March of 1999, the Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium, located east of the football stadium, was completed. The magnificent 20,000-seat facility is now home to UT track and field teams as well as the UT women's soccer program and high school championship events.
West side Renovation & Expansion
West side Features:
* New locker room facilities for track team
* New locker room facilities for visiting football teams with
* Entrance from northwest corner of field
* Training room
* Equipment room
* Interview room
* Coaches locker room & shower
* New mezzanine level with concession stands and restrooms
* Bridges from stands to mezzanine level
* Eight new concession stands and three new vending stands
* Four times as many water fountains
* New first aid room
* Stadium office with two holding cells for police
* Stadium operations offices and warehouse for maintenance and Longhorns Limited
* Roll down garage doors to secure area and eliminate bats
* Elevator access and back ramp access to new mezzanine level
* Two new permanent novelty stands
* Improved handicap seating
* New restrooms for the T-Room
* Fourteen stadium suites
East side Renovation & Expansion
East side Features:
* Upperdeck seating for 5,139
* 18 new concession stands and four hawker stands
* Second Longhorns LTD store for game day sales
* 52 stadium suites
* Club level seating for 1,259
* Net gain of 4,488 seats
* Two ramps for upper deck access
* Five elevators for handicap access
* Private entrance to club and suite area
* Additional restroom facilities
* New field lights
* Panel scoreboard on east side overhang
* New first aid room
* Closure of East Campus Drive
THE ULTIMATE SPORTS ROAD TRIP
By: Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell
September 1, 2007 - As if 85,000 seats isn't enough, we show up here to Austin, Texas just to find yet another expansion to Texas Memorial Stadium, this time the addition of new seating and suites in the north end zone. When completed, capacity for this venue will top 90,000. Yup, everything really is bigger in Texas!
"Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium" is actually a 75 year old venue, and the stadium sits nestled amidst the massive and sprawling UT campus, which in terms weaves and migrates into downtown Austin and its state capital infrastructure.
Easily visible from the I-35 as you pass through the city, the stadium has undergone numerous expansions and enhancements over the years, and as we stated they aren't finished yet. Over the past couple years, a huge new $8-MM Daktronics video board was installed in the south end zone. As is now the trend in big time college football stadiums, construction is underway on new club seating and an addition of 44 new suites.
The University of Texas has made an indelible mark on state politics, land use, environmental and growth issues over the years. Texas is by far a conservative red state, yet here in its seat of power, the capital of Austin, the more liberal leaning bent of academia has made a huge pull on electing like minded individuals to the state legislature and even into the governor's mansion. With Austin experiencing red hot growth especially in the field of technology, it seems like the University of Texas and the City of Austin are a well made match.
The downtown Austin streetscape is somewhat austere and more government building friendly than quaint, but every inch of lawn space, open parkland, and empty lot is take up on football Saturdays by legions of tailgaters. As stated it's kind of hard to discern where the city and campus boundary actually meet, so really the entire city because one big party town. The Longhorns have had incredible success on the field, including a most memorable national championship win in 2005.
Our friend Brian Magierski, originally from Cheektowaga now living in Austin, joined us on this day for some tailgating and the game. We got an invite from the Garcia family through Seamus Gallivan to a really7 awesome tailgate party, where we got to sample local specialties such as Mexican tamales and Salt Lick Beef Brisket served with tangy barbecue sauce. Mmmmm!
As for the game... the heavily favored Longhorns survived a scare from the ASU Indians, they were seemingly in cruise control early on, and up 21-3 after 3 quarters. But then Arkansas State got to within 8, and then recovered a late onside kick, which was called back on an offsides penalty. The second attempt went Texas' way and they were able to run out the clock. In a year where the Longhorns are harboring national title hopes again, the hometown faithful weren't exactly leaving the stadium in a plethora of cheers and horn honking.
TEXAS STADIUM INVESTMENT PAYING OFF
May 6, 2010
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Austin, Texas - Despite a recession, several universities are showing strong financial gains in
their athletic programs.
Among the largest schools - the nine with at least $90 million in operating revenue - the biggest winners were Texas, up 32 percent to $138.5 million; LSU, up 32 percent to $100.9 million; and Texas A&M, up 33 percent to $98.1 million, according to a review of athletic department financial records.
At Texas, Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds said the school's annual debt payment from the football stadium construction is about $14 million, while revenue from the renovation is about $24 million a year. He said placing the money in endowments would have produced a 30 percent drop.
Texas played for the national football championship twice in the past five years, winning in 2005, and has sold out 59 straight home football games dating to Sept. 9, 2000.
The average increase in operating revenue - money from things like tickets, concessions and program sales, but excluding items such as interest on investments - was 11 percent. The figures are based on reviews of 51 public universities for fiscal years from 2007 to 2009.
Jim Isch, interim president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, said the significance of revenue gains at schools such as Texas and LSU will become more apparent when this year's data is available this fall. All but the most successful athletic departments probably will show declines in ticket revenue, contributions and endowment income, he said.
"These schools are the anomalies," Isch said. "They are playing for national football championships, they have tradition, people know if they don't keep their tickets, someone else is standing in line to get them.
"But the average programs are going to see declines."
In Austin, the Longhorns renovated their football stadium in stages between 2006 and 2009, adding 13,000 seats priced from $65 to $95 depending on the game; 2,200 club seats starting at a minimum $2,000 annual donation, plus the cost of the ticket; 2,450 chairback seats priced at a minimum $750 annual donation, plus the ticket; 47 suites priced from $62,000 to $75,000 plus the tickets and catering; an $8 million, 55- foot-by-134-foot video scoreboard; and ribbon scoreboards that offer more opportunities for advertisers.
At their baseball field, they added 19 suites priced from $32,000 to $40,000 plus catering; 400 club seats at field level priced at a minimum $750 annual donation, plus the tickets; and a video board.
LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva, 56, said the Tigers' 2007 national football title is still driving revenue increases.
"Everything stems from the championship," he said. "We increased ticket prices, we increased seat-licensing revenue, and we had a lot of licensing revenue generated by the championship that spilled over into subsequent years."
Alleva said that while New Orleans is just an hour's drive from the school's Baton Rouge campus, LSU sports are everything to the hometown community.
"I have never seen passion like LSU fans have for Tiger football and our other sports," said Alleva, who was Duke University's athletic director from 1998 to 2008. "I've had people tell me they'd rather give up a vacation and other luxury items before they'd give up their tickets to Tiger Stadium."
Michigan increased its sponsorship and licensing revenue by 43 percent to $17.3 million after exiting an apparel sponsorship with Nike for a new agreement with Adidas in June 2007. In August 2008, the Ann Arbor-based school bundled most of its athletic sponsorship accounts and outsourced them to closely held IMG Worldwide Inc., the U.S.'s largest collegiate licensing and multimedia rights agency, representing more than 200 properties.