UH Hires Developers for New $105 Million Football Stadium

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Photo by Nicole Cordiero via Wikipedia.
The new UH stadium probably won't be as cool as Jerry World.
Look at the University of Houston, acting all grown up and everything. They are so cute at that age.

UH, long suffering in grand old Robertson Stadium, particularly in recent years when the football team has been, you know, actually good, finally is moving forward on a much ballyhooed stadium plan and its first order of business was to hire Manhattan Construction to manage the project.

Manhattan not only built the Jerry Jones palace in Dallas (Palace in Dallas should be the name, by the way) and the cool new stadium in North Texas (their football team needed that?), they also built Reliant Stadium and the recently opened, totally swank new digs for the Dynamo, BBVA Compass Stadium.

No hyper-cool renderings or plastic models or LEGO structures or anything like that just yet, but UH Athletic Director Mack Rhoades is clearly excited.

"When you look at their résumé, especially in the state of Texas, Reliant Stadium, Cowboys Stadium, to me those are the two best in the NFL," he told KRIV-TV. "I think you can argue those are the two best athletics facilities in the entire country. What they did here with BBVA (Compass Stadium) recently and then what they did up in Denton, the North Texas Stadium, just a tremendous résumé."

The stadium will be built where Robertson is currently located, on the north side of the UH campus. It will hold 40,000 spectators, a good number for UH, but can be expanded to 60,000. Tailgating around UH, particularly the last few years as the team was having success on the field, had grown fairly substantial on game day. ESPN even brought its wildly popular Game Day program to the UH campus this past season, a signal that things are changing for the largely commuter school.

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Guest2
Guest2

As a current student at UH, I am happy that the stadium is finally being updated.  We (the student body) VOTED on the $50 per semester fee increase to offset the cost of the facility last semester (spring '12) - it won by a landslide.  I forget the actual percentages, but I want to say that it was in the 70-80% range.  UH has finally earned Tier 1 status.  As such, we should have the facilities, both academic and athletic, to attract the best students and further raise our rankings.  I think that this is a step in the right direction.  Athletics brings a lot of donations which benefits the whole university.  This helps the entire student body, athlete or not.

Guest
Guest

I wouldn't consider the new football stadium a "vanity project".  There has to be an aesthetic standard to the stadium, but it has to be beneficial to UH above all.  The football stadium is being built because there is a high demand for an upgrade of student life facilities at UH.  The students voted for this project to go through.  Since UH is a public university and not a for- profit university, the revenue that comes from increased enrollment, university apparel, broadcasting contracts, etc. flows right back into renovating buildings, making new buildings, increasing academic scholarships, etc.  If we lack in student life department, it will be very difficult for the campus to grow. There is a need for an upgrade, regardless of what everyone else is doing.

Guest
Guest

Tell me of  a highly accredited university that does not have expensive facilities? If you want UH to grow and attempt to compete with the best universities you have to upgrade facilities.  And when you have a prestigious university with expensive facilities, tuition is higher. 

Justine Cherne
Justine Cherne

approximately 2,100 students could receive their degrees for free for that amount of money; there's nothing wrong with Roberston

Big Tex 30
Big Tex 30

Jerry Jones football palace is in Tarrant County....not Dallas County and only 25 minutes from the Fort Worth city limits.

Big Tex 30
Big Tex 30

What do you mean North Texas needed "THAT?"   Hey Big Time!  North Texas beat a Big 10 school at its new Apogee Stadium and by the way, while everyone else what "talking" about needing and building a new stadium, North Texas built one during Obama's Depression.   Yes, North Texas "DID" THAT! 

Tim Tebow > Jeff Balke
Tim Tebow > Jeff Balke

yes...North Texas needed their stadium.  Taking shots at North Texas is unnecessary and shows your immaturity as a sports writer.

William K.
William K.

I'm impartial to UH but the light that UH is written in in this article is surprising. You would think that the writer would do some homework and figure out that UH football hasn't been bad since the early 2000s. "Acting all grown up and everything"? All that was needed was to google or wikipedia UH to find that this writer was ill informed. 

Erickson Ernest
Erickson Ernest

UH already has many prestigious award winners including Nobel laureates.

William Pora
William Pora

You could also take that money and go out and hire the nobel prize winners for the last 4 years, pay them each a yearly salary of $250000 and have them teach at the university for the next 8 years and have the greatest chemistry, physics, economics, literature, and medical colleges in the world

Duce630
Duce630

Grammar check: "Manhattan not only build the Jerry Jones palace in Dallas..."

Charles Adams
Charles Adams

I agree but I'm sure uh wants their stadium on campus like most universities...

William Pora
William Pora

so we have the astrodome sitting round doing nothing. we have the texans stadium that almost does nothing except for 8 sundays per year, we have the dynamo stadium that also has a surplus of empty dates yet we need to build another stadium?

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