With spring football delayed and unlikely to take place for the Texas Longhorns, there’s not much news coming out of the football program, but Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman found some new renderings for the south end zone project at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
Here's a little pick-me-up for you Texas fans. I found some new images of the new south end zone project. I'm betting these are closer to what it'll look like. pic.twitter.com/KkhOdePjib— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) March 19, 2020
One of the images shows the new Longhorn Network set built into the eastern side of the south end zone. Another shows the view looking north, where the eastern tower connects with the architectural cues from the rest of the stadium. South of that tower, there is the first look at the new football facilities that will replace the gutted Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Complex.
Arguably the most interesting aspect of the new renderings is the image showing the new video screen and the controversial Longhorn logo meant to be visible from overhead. In November, an earlier rendering was widely mocked because the logo looked like the female reproductive system. In this rendering, it appears that the top and bottom of the logo are separated to reduce that appearance — the ears and the underside of the horns no longer appear to have the same burnt orange barrier visible on the earlier rendering.
The bigger question moving forward is the construction schedule, as most of campus is currently shut down due to coronavirus concerns. A significant delay of weeks or months could push completion back beyond the 2021 season. However, the south end zone webcam image on Thursday did show several workers on the project, though perhaps fewer than normal.
And, in fact, athletics director Chris Del Conte confirmed early Thursday evening that the project is still on schedule.
Good evening - in great shape.. thanks for asking! I hope all is well with you and the Longhorn nation..as far as the SEZ project is concerned we are currently on schedule with video board being installed this summer & operational for next season..total project to open in 8/21 https://t.co/7s9YoAMeZK— Chris Del Conte (@_delconte) March 19, 2020