TDECU Football Stadium at the University of Houston
Located on the site of the former Robertson Stadium, which was built in 1942 to serve local public schools, the new 40,000-seat TDECU stadium at the University of Houston has transformed the game day experience for fans and student-athletes. The new stadium offers upgraded amenities, a variety of seating options and dynamic sightlines. A change in orientation aligned it with adjacent buildings and the surrounding campus circulation to provide stunning views of downtown Houston. Natural light filters into the concourse while still protecting fans from the elements, and assures ample air flow throughout the concourse and stadium for the comfort of spectators.
The stadium has a unique look and character easily differentiated from the majority of other collegiate stadiums throughout the country. At the base of the exterior, a series of rectilinear forms house the conditioned and support spaces for the stadium. These forms connect to the campus with both their orthogonal orientation and the brick cladding taken from other campus projects adjacent to the athletics corridor. Above, the back of the stands are wrapped in the “Cougar Cage,” a permeable, patterned enclosure which provides a unique identity for the stadium. At the corners of the stadium, red metal elements are gradually introduced into the cage to mark the entry locations. All exterior facades, brick and metal, utilize material and color palettes consistent with those found in UH’s design standards.
The playing field is depressed 25 feet below the main concourse, which is slightly raised above street level to maximize capacity in the lower seating bowl. Both bowls provide continuous views to the playing field from the majority of the main concourse. The upper bowl has ‘gaps’ to provide opportunities for air flow into the stadium, as well as prominent views of the iconic Houston downtown skyline. It is constructed of precast concrete. The lower bowl consists of concrete poured on grade with a variety of seat types including full chair backs, bench seats with backs and regular bench seats.
Premium seating includes a club level and 12,400 square foot lounge overlooking the field. In addition, 26 suites stretch from end zone to end zone on the stadium’s south side, along with 42 loge boxes. Student-athletes now enjoy state-of-the-art locker facilities, including a locker room suite for the Houston Football team, three visitor locker rooms and a synthetic turf field.
The 22,403 square foot Bert F. Winston Band and Performance Center at the east end of the stadium contains Spirit of Houston Band Recital Halls and classroom spaces. The adjoining Sanders Red & White Hall multi-purpose area and the Houston Athletics Ticket Office measure an additional 7,633 square feet.
Ease of access is also a significant feature of the stadium design. The stadium orientation positions the north sideline seats adjacent to an existing parking garage, and west end zone seats to a Metro light rail stop. A surface parking area adjoining the stadium near south sideline seats was redesigned to increase efficiency and provide a drop-off point. The pedestrian path on the south side of the stadium leads from the Metro rail station to the whole campus.
Page served as design architect of record on the stadium and DLR Group as sports design architect. It opened August 29, 2014 with the first home game of the season. The design accommodates future expansion at a capacity of 60,000 seats through the construction of strategic columns and structures during the initial phase, allowing for the most efficient means of accomplishing an expansion.
“Project Team Breaks Ground On New University of Houston Stadium.” ENR Texas and Louisiana, February 15, 2013
“HoustonPBS UH Moment: New UH Football Stadium a Recruiting Tool with Better Views.” University of Houston, June 17, 2013
AIA Austin Design Award
AIA Houston Design Award - Architecture over 50,000 SF
Houston Business Journal Landmark Award
2015 AIA Nebraska Design Awards
Publications + News
- Page Honored with Multiple AIA Houston 2016 Design Awards
- Contributing Design to Top University Campuses
- Transformational University Designs Win Awards
- UH TDECU Stadium Wins Design Award – In Austin
- UH TDECU Stadium Wins HBJ Landmark Award
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