If you look closely at these new renderings of Robertson Stadium’s replacement that UH released a couple of weeks ago, you can see the Downtown skyline. UH, a member of the Big East starting in 2013, says that this 40,000-seat, $105-million stadium — whose naming rights are still being shopped around — will be built with a new east-west orientation, at least in part because that’ll make the skyline look real nice on teevee.
More details and even more renderings:
Robertson Stadium, which was a home over the years to professional football, track and field, and soccer — before the Dynamo moved across town into BBVA Compass Stadium — was oriented from south to north, spanning Wheeler and Holman. The replacement stadium, set to open in August 2014, will instead span Cullen and Scott, as the rendering above shows.
A stadium website lays out a list of justifications for this new east-west orientation:
The east side seats in Robertson Stadium experienced intense sun during day games. We conducted a comprehensive sun and shade study at three different kickoff times in both early and late fall. The study indicated improved shading and comfort for our fans without hindering the ability of our student-athletes.
Oh, and other people are doing it, too:
Many FBS football stadiums such as Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma State and Oregon have similar orientations.
The rendering below shows the view of the stadium from the north. You can see in the lower left corner the roof of a parking garage-Taco Cabana combo that UH opened this year:
And this view from the east shows in the foreground what UH says will be the Bert F. Winston Band and Performance Center. Facing Cullen Blvd., the 39,000-sq.-ft. building will include the UH Athletics Ticket Office as well as recital and classroom space:
A corrugated metal and aluminum exterior will match that of the parking garage and a new academic building across Cullen:
UH says the concourse will wrap 360 degrees around the stadium; two thirds of it will allow “uninterrupted views” of the game:
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Renderings: University of Houston