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UH Cougars Open Football Season In New Stadium

University of Houston begins football season in new stadium

Workers are busy putting the finishing touches on the $120 million, 40,000-seat TDECU Stadium. The unique design can easily accommodate a future expansion to 60,000 should that become necessary.

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Workers are busy putting the finishing touches on the $120 million, 40,000-seat stadium.

David Bassity is UH’s assistant athletic director. He says once fans arrive, they will like what they see.

“Through the entire design and construction process, it’s been all about the fan and the fan experience,” said Bassity. “Sixty-seven percent of the concourse is opened to the field, so when you’re going to the concession stand or the restroom, not only do you have the TVs if you have your back to the field, but you can also turn around and the see the field. And quite honestly, I know it sounds like a cliché, but there’s really not a bad seat in the house.”

The downtown skyline is nestled just beyond the northwest corner of the stadium. Bassity says his favorite spot is at the very top of the south sideline.

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The new University of Houston stadium is named TDECU.

“The pictures and video don’t do it justice,” said Bassity. “Until you get into it, every time I’ve taken someone over there, their first words are ‘Wow.’ So, we really encourage everyone to get in the stadium this Friday and get that wow-factor, because imagine what they’re going to say with the full stadium, and the Houston Cougar Fight Song blaring loud and proud, and UH scoring a lot of touchdowns.”

Mack Rhoades is University of Houston vice president of intercollegiate athletics. He told reporters last month that the stadium was designed with the fans in mind.

“I hope they see a stadium that we put a lot of thought into, that’s unique, that is extremely fan-friendly — certainly one that’s packed — the fact that two-thirds of the concourse is wide open,” said Rhoades.

Head football coach Tony Levine says the new stadium will inspire the team and fans.

“It’s going to be very emotional, and I had people tell me over the last few months that they never thought this could be a reality, and they can’t wait to see it happen,” said Rhoades. “So I think there’s going to be a lot of emotion that first evening.”

TDECU replaces Robertson Stadium, which was opened in 1942. It was torn down after the 2012 season, and the new facility is at the same site.

The Cougars finished last season with an 8-5 record. They will host UTSA in a nationally televised broadcast.

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