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Baylor celebrates financial and construction progress at new Baylor Stadium

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Baylor University celebrated significant progress in both fundraising and construction on the university's $250 million on-campus football stadium.

Hundreds of dignitaries, Baylor fans and local citizens gathered on the football practice fields at the Highers Athletic Complex to hear of the milestones from Baylor University President Ken Starr.

"Over the course of the past year, Baylor Nation has risen up in record numbers and with unparalleled generosity, and today, we are privileged to announce that we have reached the $100 million milestone in private support for Baylor Stadium," Starr said.

Baylor Stadium is expected to hold 45,000 people and has the flexibility to expand to 55,000.

Baylor Head Football Coach Art Briles said, "Baylor Stadium is a game-changer not only for the football program, but for our University and the Central Texas community."

Brian Nicholson, associate vice president for facility planning and construction at Baylor, said construction on Baylor Stadium is on schedule for the August 2014 opening.

"The project is running smoothly and we are right on schedule. All of the foundations for Baylor Stadium have been installed, and today we poured and placed our 300th column," Nicholson said.

During the summer, Nicholson expects work to begin on the precast seating bowl and installation of structural steel and exterior skin of the facility on the west side of the stadium.

Some other notable facts about Baylor Stadium:

  • A 5,018 square foot scoreboard will be installed in the new stadium.
  • Two 600 foot ribbon scoreboards will be installed
  • There will be 248 concession stands, 565 toilets, 231 urinals and 329 sinks in the new stadium.
  • An estimated 475 on-site tailgating spaces will be available for fans
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