Oklahoma has announced plans for major renovation work on its football stadium to begin immediately following the 2014 season. Kansas State is in the midst of major remodeling and upgrades at Bill Snyder Family Stadium as well. And Jones AT&T Stadium at Texas Tech has had remodeling and makeover work done within the past year.
In the 2014 season, however, the spotlight will shine brightly on the Baylor Bears as they debut sparkling new McLane Stadium on the banks of the Brazos River.
The new stadium will seat 42,000 fans and 3,000 standing-room patrons and encompasses 860,000 square feet, roughly double the size of Floyd Casey Stadium, the off-campus facility where Baylor have played football since 1950. The 45,000 capacity includes 8,000 seats designated for student.
The stadium has a 147,000-sq.-ft canopy under which contains six founders’ suites, 39 additional suites, and 51 loge boxes of various sizes.
McLane Stadium, named in honor of Drayton McLane, Jr., who provided a large donation as seed money to get the project off the ground, will also include the latest in state-of-the-art technology, including a 107-foot by 47-foot LED video display scoreboard. In addition , there are ribbon display boards around the stadium measuring 1,254 feet in length.
The architect for the project was Populous, a Kansas City-based architectural design firm that specializes in sports architecture.
Before the decision was made to formally name the new facility McLane Stadium, it was going to be called Baylor Stadium.
The first game in the new stadium will be a local high school football game on Aug. 29 between Aledo High School and Cedar Park High School. Baylor will inaugurate its brand new football facility two days late on Aug. 31, when the Bears will host SMU.