This is something Rice fans have been hearing about for a long time.
Calling it “a critical investment in the future of Rice football,” university officials on Thursday unveiled a plan to build a two-story football facility at the south end of Rice Stadium.
The proposed 80,000-square-foot complex will house training and locker rooms, a sports medicine center, offices for coaching staff and support personnel, and the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame, according to details released by the university.
“The new facility, plus other renovations to the south end zone, will make much-needed enhancements to this historic stadium and enhance the experience of our student-athletes and our Owls fans,” Rice president David Leebron said. “We are hopeful that people who love and support Rice’s wonderful football legacy – a legacy of high standards on the field of play and in the classroom – will help make these critical investments in the future of Rice football.”
No price tag was given for the project, but two people with knowledge of the situation told the Chronicle earlier this week that construction of a football facility and other deferred maintenance to the 61-year-old stadium will cost close to $40 million.
It’s still somewhat vague right now. Initial reaction on the Rice fan forum was more cynical than anything else, but became somewhat more positive over time. That likely reflects the lack of details as much as anything. Like I said, we’ve been hearing about “plans” to renovate Rice Stadium for a long time. I’m looking forward to the formal announcement. Here’s the Rice press release, and Hair Balls has more.