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Art Briles says he has not been inside Baylor's new stadium

Baylor will make its home debut in brand new $260 million McLane Stadium on Aug. 31 in the season opener against SMU. That day will be the first time many associated with the university make their way inside the new facility -- including head coach Art Briles.

Briles told the Dallas Morning News that he has not been inside the stadium yet even though season-ticket holders, boosters, media and other university officials have.

“When it’s time to make it happen, we’re going to make it happen,” Briles said. “To me, I’m a guy who didn’t open my presents before it’s time. It’s a big Christmas present that I’m going to open in August.”

At more than twice the square footage of Floyd Casey Stadium, McLane Stadium is a significant upgrade for the Bears. McLane Stadium, which seats 45,000, will sit along the Brazos River and will apparently feature “sailgating.” Additionally, the playing surface from Floyd Casey has already been laid down as part of the tailgating area at McLane.

Instead of focusing on the hype surrounding the new stadium, Briles is focused on repeating as Big 12 champions – a feat many say the Bears cannot accomplish again.

“That’s the part that inspires me,” Briles said. “Now, I like being in the situation as a program where people are taking shots at us. I mean they’re trying to pull us down. It’s a new day, a new adventure for Baylor football.”

Briles only has to wait 95 more days to get that adventure started.

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(H/T Fox Sports)

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