BIG SCORE!

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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