Texas’ Darrell K. Royal Stadium is already one of the largest stadiums in the nation in terms of capacity. The official capacity of the 90-year old stadium is 100,119, the sixth-highest in the country, but new athletic director Steve Patterson and the athletic department are looking at the possibility of an expansion project for the stadium moving forward.
According to a release from the University, Texas Athletics and PricewaterhouseCoopers have teamed up to conduct a “feasibility study on the completion of the south end” and also “evaluate the renovation needs” of the stadium as it stands.
Patterson said the project remains “conceptual” as of now, but the timing is fitting, especially when Texas A&M’s Kyle Field will be the largest football venue in Texas when its expansion project to 102,500 seats is completed in 2015.
“We continue to plan for the future of UT Athletics and work to provide a superior gameday experience for all of our fans and stakeholders,” Patterson said. “The south end project is conceptual at this point. Any further planning will depend on a variety of factors to be studied over the next several months.”
In addition to the potential to add seating to the south end, the study will also evaluate the need for upgrades in fan amenities throughout the stadium. Longhorn Foundation members will be surveyed for input on the potential for new seating options and to help formulate a budget for the project.
The stadium previously was upgraded in with a new lower bowl in 2007 and the addition of the north endzone's upper deck was completed for the 2008 season.
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