Baylor Releases Drawings For Proposed New Football Stadium

By Ryan Crowe,
football stadiumconcept 635w Baylor Releases Drawings For Proposed New Football Stadium

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WACO (CBSDFW.COM) – The Baylor Bears may be moving their football team back to their campus for the first time since the Great Depression.

The Waco-based university released an artist’s rendering of a proposed on-campus football stadium Saturday as part of the school’s homecoming festivities.

The drawing shows the stadium on land adjacent to Interstate 35 along the banks of the Brazos River that was recently acquired by the university.

In a statement, Baylor Athletic Director Ian McCaw called the plans an ‘extraordinary branding opportunity’ to have the stadium located across the river from the school and along the highway.

Head Football Coach Art Briles has repeatedly stated his desire for a newer facility on campus. “When you’re the only university in the state of Texas that does not have an on-campus stadium, that’s a need,” he was quoted in a statement on the school’s athletics page.

Locally, SMU has played in the on-campus Gerald J. Ford Stadium since 2000.  TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium is in the middle of a multi-million dollar renovation, and the UNT Mean Green opened Apogee Stadium in September.

The rendering comes from the sports architecture firm Populous, who built Houston’s Minute Maid Park and Reliant Stadium.

The Baylor Board of Regents has not officially approved building the new stadium yet, so no construction cost numbers are available.

Baylor has played their home football games at Floyd Casey Stadium, roughly 3 miles from campus, since 1950, and haven’t played at an on-campus stadium since 1935.

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  • Baylor Grad

    You know, I’m usually against throwing money to the athletic department for new stadiums and such. But I gotta say, that stadium design kicks but-t!!! It’s awesome!!! I have never understood why Casey stadium is that far from the Baylor Campus??? I kinda hope this gets built.

  • Mary Hearn

    So where’s the parking going to be? That property doesn’t look big enough to accommodate both.

    • Jonathan

      Actually, the property extends from I-35 to La Salle Blvd. There would be more than enough parking, and you also have to consider parking at the Ferrell Center on campus to accommodate another large portion of parking.

  • Kenneth Golden, Baylor Grad

    I’m very excited about the proposed new football stadium for Baylor Yniversity.

    I wonder if it would be feasable to make it an enclosed stadium in which the stadium could be opened for fair weather games and closed for inclimate weather activities. I know this would be a bit more costly, but it would give Baylor something that no other Big 12 conference member has. This would allow Baylor fans an opportunity to enjoy games and activities without having to endure the heat during summer and early fall and be safe and comfortable when frigid temperatures and storms occur during games and activities. Also, looking at the artist’s conception, where is the Baylor campus? Is it in the foreground, or is it off to the left?

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