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Facility Friday: Texas Football Stadium Renovation, URI Stadium Upgrades

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The University of Texas appears poised to renovate Royal-Memorial Stadium. At a board of regents meeting held this week, school president Gregory Fenves and athletic director Chris Del Conte presented a plan for a $175 million project that would expand the facility’s south end zone. Specific details on the project weren’t released, but documents say the plan would construct new suites, clubs, loge boxes, sponsor amenities, fan seating and coaches’ offices. —

The University of Rhode Island announced plans for a $4.1 million upgrade for Meade Stadium. Financed in part by two alumni donors, who each made million-dollar gifts the project will include installing synthetic turf and stadium lighting. The remaining monies will be contributed in part by the university’s auxiliary fund, and additional fundraising gifts. The expected timeline for completion is fall of 2020. —

SMU recently unveiled a renovated locker room for its football program. The modernized facility features updated graphics and new metal-cased lockers, as well as safes for personal belongings. —

The University of Minnesota showed off the refinished court at Williams Arena. The makeover includes new designs to highlight the facility’s nickname, “The Barn,” and a newly refinished playing surface that mimics the look of old barn wood. — Star Tribune

The University of Missouri, currently in the midst a massive construction project at its football stadium, announced that the football team will switch sidelines for the first time in nearly 20 years. The move was necessitated by the school’s south end zone renovation project, which has made locker rooms temporarily unavailable. — Kansas City Star

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