WACO (May 7, 2013)--Baylor Stadium reached its $100 million private funding goal, the university announced Tuesday.
Construction on the university’s $250 million stadium is expected to be complete next fall.
Students, faculty and dignitaries gathered on the football practice fields at the Highers Athletic Complex to hear the announcement.
Drayton, Elizabeth and others in the McLane family provided the lead gift and other gifts followed allowing construction to begin.
The on-campus stadium is on a 93-acre site at the intersection of I-35 and the Brazos River, the longest waterway in Texas.
The stadium will hold 45,000 spectators and has the flexibility to expand.
The Sheila and Walter Umphrey Pedestrian Bridge will cross the Brazos and connect the stadium to the campus near Baylor Law School.
“So far crews have poured concrete, installed underground piping, pumped 33 million gallons of water and logged 155,000 combined work time hours without a lost time accident,” a Baylor spokesperson said.
About 50 percent of the dollars contracted have been spent, Facility Planning and Construction Associate Vice President Brian Nicholson said.