The south end zone at Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium is set to receive a significant — and pricey — facelift.
On Thursday, the University of Texas Board of Regents approved the financing for a $175 million south end zone renovation project, which will feature premium seating, suites that stretch the length of the end zone, standing room for fans, and renovations to the Moncreif-Neuhaus Athletic Complex, among other additions.
UT’s System BOR has approved the $175 million South End Zone project. “I can’t thank President Fenves, Chris Del Conte and the Board of Regents enough. This project will give us a facility that’s unrivaled in the country. It’s exciting to be moving forward with it.” – Tom Herman pic.twitter.com/N4DtA9aq0l— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) August 9, 2018
“The University of Texas at Austin seeks to construct an expansion of the south end zone to the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium to include new suites, clubs, loge boxes, sponsor amenities, modified fan seating, and new coaches’ offices as well as additional loading docks and facilities support spaces,” the UT Board of Regents previously stated in a project outline. “Upgrades to the existing Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center will include the latest technology in sports medicine and rehabilitation services.
”This addition to the south end of the stadium will complete the stadium bowl. Similar to the north end zone expansion, completed in 2008, the addition at the south end zone will provide an enhanced game day experience for fans and create additional revenue for Texas athletics. This project will further support student athlete recruitment and retention and help keep football revenues at a high level.”
The project in its entirety will be funded by monetary gifts and revenue financing system bond proceeds through ticket sales and donations. Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte has already raised $80 — nearly half — of the project’s planned funding, per a report from the Austin American-Statesman.
Additional renderings of what the completed renovation project is expected to look like can be seen here. Construction for the south end zone renovation is set to begin in June 2019 and is expected to be complete in time for the 2021 football season.
This story will be updated.