The University of Houston athletic department has released updated renderings of a football operations center that is set to break ground in November.
The Houston Chronicle reports that as part of an event celebrating the university’s joining the Big 12 conference, athletic director Chris Pezman unveiled four new renderings of the $140 million project, which will be built on the west side of football stadium.
The renderings show a grand red staircase in the lobby, along with a second-floor weight room, party deck with premium seating and a videoboard that is three times the size of the existing one.
Construction will begin after the football team’s final home game of the season, Nov. 16. The target date for completion is fall 2025.
The location of the facility will provide easy access for the football team to the adjacent indoor practice facility. A 30-foot glass wall with the UH logo will greet visitors at the entrance to the main lobby.
The smaller second deck behind the west end zone will be replaced with premium seating that includes a party deck. A sideline-to-sideline videoboard will replace the existing 38-by-68-foot board that was installed when the stadium opened in 2014.
The football operations center will have a 20,000-square foot weight room on the second floor.
In May, the university’s board of regents approved a revised $140 million budget for the project. The initial budget was $75 million but soared in the past few years because of a significant rise in post-pandemic supply chain costs.