The plaza outside UH’s basketball arena — soon-to-feature a statue of the building’s former namesake Roy Hofheinz — is currently a mess of dirt and constructions vehicles working to make the place look like the rendering above. The big red Fertitta Center sign isn’t up yet; it’s set to rise over the glassier new entrance fronting Cullen Blvd.
On the inside, a new scoreboard, new AV equipment, bigger bathrooms and new food and retail are being added. The ceiling is going up 30 ft. above a brand-new court and some lower seating sections, creating a crater-like hole in the roof that — viewed from nosebleed land — will look something like this:
Capacity will be slightly under 8,480 fans, a reduction from the arena’s previous seat count. The seating chart shows where they’ll all go:
Those opting into the Barcalounger and
Lodge Loge sections — indicated in purple — above the west sideline get access to a new concession area between the upper and lower levels of seating which includes a cash bar:
Lodge Loge seats are colorized in the rendering below:
Barcalounger seats provide even better zone coverage of the food area and include 35-in.-wide reclining armchairs:
Further from the food court and closer to the hard court are these floor seats along the north, east, and south sidelines:
In addition to in-seat food and drink service, ticket-holders in those areas get to strut inside through a private entrance to the stadium.
- Fertitta Center Seating Options [University of Houston]
- UH’s basketball arena renovations to be completed in December [HBJ ($)]
- Previously on Swamplot: Fertitta’s $20 Million UH Donation To Bump Hofheinz from Pavilion to Plaza Status; UH’s Hofheinz Pavilion Could Pick Up Tilman Fertitta’s Name; Let the Designs Begin: UH To Renovate Aging Basketball Arena
Photo: Marc Longoria via Swamplot Flickr Pool. Exterior renderings, rendering with seat highlights, and seating chart: University of Houston. Interior renderings: Turner Construction (roof view); University of Houston via Hunter Yurachek (concession area)