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UT Austin tackles football stadium renovation and scores major upgrades

UT Austin tackles football stadium renovation and scores major upgrades
DKR's renovation should take two years. Rendering courtesy of Populous

This article originally appeared on CultureMap.

Spending a Saturday watching football is one of Austin's great rites of passage, but the experience is about to get even better. Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium at the University of Texas at Austin is set to undergo a major renovation — and score some big upgrades. 

On September 20, Texas Athletics announced that DKR is slated for a series of expansion and renovation projects designed to enhance the fan experience, as well as benefit players and coaching staff. Included in the $175 million project is the expansion of the south end zone, a move that will enclose the stadium for the first time in its 95-year history.

With Missouri-based architecture firm Populous at the helm, DKR's other renovation upgrades include:

  • New entry towers
  • A Longhorn-shaped balcony designed into the end zone seating and visible from the air 
  • Student concession areas and eating patios overlooking the field
  • Upgraded offices for coaching staff
  • New stage for Longhorn Network's GameDay show and visiting networks
  • Specially designed premium experiences such as field-level club seats and seats next to the Bevo corral

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Astros defeat Angels, 6-5. Composite Getty Image.

Kyle Tucker homered twice to give him an MLB-leading 17 and Jeremy Peña’s RBI single with one out in the 10th inning lifted the Houston Astros to a 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

The Angels intentionally walked Yordan Alvarez with no outs in the 10th and Kyle Tucker on second as the automatic runner. Both players advanced on a fly out by Alex Bregman before Peña singled off Carlos Estévez (0-3) on a line drive to right field to give Houston the victory.

“Great teams have to be able to win coming from behind,” Peña said. “Hard-fought game from both sides and we've got to keep playing good baseball.”

Los Angeles manager Ron Washington was asked about the performance of Estévez.

“I thought he was throwing the ball well,” he said. “You’ve got to give Pena credit. Their first five hitters are dangerous — very dangerous. We put ourselves in a good position to win it, but in the end they got it.”

Tucker homered in the first and his second solo shot tied it in the seventh. Alvarez added a solo home run and Jon Singleton hit a two-run homer for the Astros.

Josh Hader (3-3) pitched two scoreless innings, striking out the side in the 10th for the win.

Luis Rengifo and Kevin Pillar both homered for the Angels and Nolan Schanuel tied a career high with three hits.

The game was tied with two outs in the seventh when Pillar sent a fastball from Bryan Abreu into the first row of the seats in left field to put the Angels up 5-4.

Tucker tied it with one out in the bottom of the inning on his shot to right field. Tucker tied a franchise record for most homers through Houston’s first 49 games.

“Every time he comes to the plate, you're just expecting him to do something awesome and he is doing stuff that only a few players can do,” manager Joe Espada said. “He’s definitely one of the best players in this league and he’s really picking us up right now.”

Fans were chanting “M-V-P, M-V-P” when Tucker came to the plate late in Tuesday's game.

“I just try and put together good at-bats and be pretty selective up there and just kind of take my walks and try and do damage when they throw it across the plate,” he said.

Schanuel hit a leadoff single before Rengifo’s shot to right-center put Los Angeles up early.

There was one out in the bottom of the inning when Tucker connected off Griffin Canning to cut the lead to 2-1. The Astros tied it when Alvarez sent the next pitch into the seats in right field for his first homer since May 9.

Luis Guillorme singled with one out in the fourth before scoring when Zach Neto doubled off the wall in left field to put the Angels up 3-2. There were two outs in the inning when Rengifo singled on a liner to center field to send Neto home.

Peña doubled down the left field line with one out in the sixth before Singleton smacked his fifth homer of the season to straightaway center field to tie at 4-all.

Houston starter Cristian Javier yielded a season-high eight hits with four runs in four innings in his third start since missing 18 games with neck discomfort.

Canning allowed five hits and two runs in five innings for the Angels.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: Chas McCormick was activated from the injured list Tuesday after sitting out since April 27 with right hamstring discomfort. INF Trey Cabbage was optioned to Triple-A Sugar Land to make room for him on the roster. … RHP José Urquidy, who hasn’t pitched all season because of a strained right forearm, will make his third rehabilitation start for Sugar Land on Friday.

UP NEXT

Houston RHP Hunter Brown (1-4, 7.71 ERA) opposes LHP Tyler Anderson (4-4, 2.72) in the series finale Wednesday.

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