Texas A&M Hires Populous, Stadium Options Include Renovation Or DemolitionPublished April 12, 2012
WINNING ALL AROUND: In Memphis, Kyle Veazey wrote taxpayers and City Council members “were winners” in last week's announcement that the Univ. of Memphis and FedEx will help facilitate a $249M improvement plan at the city-owned Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, as this “doesn't involve money coming out of the general fund.” The university “wins, too,” because its “$500,000 annual commitment looks as though it's stepping up financially, but reality suggests that the Tigers may never have to come close to actually spending that if the Tourist Development Zone revenues come in as expected.” Also, “its home football stadium is improved.” Veazey: “It'll never be gleaming, but a new video board and a shinier overall look will help close the gap in the minds of recruits and may draw more fans, too.” The city is more so the “facilitator of the deal, and at risk only in the unlikely event that the UofM can't follow through on its guarantee.” The school “bore the brunt of the risk on this project and the two other tenants will benefit." Liberty Bowl Exec Dir Steve Ehrhart reiterated that his game “was willing to help with the funding.” Ehrhart added the plan was an "important step." Southern Heritage Classic Dir Fred Jones said that he was “looking forward to providing a better fan experience” (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 4/8).
NEW ADDITIONS: Houston Baptist Univ. President Dr. Robert Sloan said that the school “plans to move forward with building an on-campus football stadium.” He also said that the project "would be in phases, beginning with construction of a practice field that will eventually be the site for a 10,000-seat stadium.” In Houston, Joseph Duarte noted HBU will “rent a venue for the first few years” of the school’s new football program. HBU AD Steve Moniaci said that the school has “conducted informal discussions with officials with BBVA Compass Stadium” (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 4/10).
TWEET TWEET: YAHOO SPORTS’ Graham Watson noted the Univ. of Michigan will add the "hashtag #GOBLUE to each of its 25-yard lines for its spring football game.” Michigan “isn’t the first team to do this” as Mississippi State put “#HAILSTATE in its end zones” for last year's game against Ole Miss (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 4/11).
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