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Feasibility study to examine south end of DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium

Published On: Mar 10 2014 04:54:59 PM CDT

UT Athletics, with the assistance of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), has begun a feasibility study on the completion of the south end of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The study will evaluate the renovation needs of existing seating and fan amenities throughout the stadium to assure an overall quality of fan experience.

"We continue to plan for the future of UT Athletics and work to provide a superior gameday experience for all our fans and stakeholders," said Steve Patterson, Men's Athletics Director. "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."

The study will assess all operational upgrades necessary, including the replacement of parking and fan amenities displaced by the construction of the new Dell Medical School, located just south of the stadium. It will also examine possible financing options, as well as scope and budget of the project to help eliminate unforeseen costs due to inadequate planning.

As part of the research, PwC will begin by engaging with Longhorn Foundation members through a survey and interview process to collect input related to potential new seat options and naming rights opportunities for Texas Football.

"We genuinely appreciate the many ways in which our Longhorn Foundation members support UT Athletics," said Patterson. "I encourage them to take a few minutes and participate in this important process."

Study results will focus on revenue generation to support the needs of UT student-athletes and improvements that provide a premier college football gameday experience for all fans. After the study is completed, PwC will make a recommendation for an innovative and world-class facility that will be recognized as a leader nationally.

The initial market and cost analysis will include a detailed structural analysis of the existing building within the project area, verification of project scope and size, cost estimating, a phasing plan, and a final reconciliation of program, area and budget. The project will proceed to subsequent phases only if The University determines the outcome of the analysis is favorable for expansion and with final approval of UT campus administration and UT System Board of Regents.

Story provided by UT Athletics.