New Baylor Stadium: Now Texas Can Actually Have a Good College Football Venue
Artist rendering of the new Baylor football stadium.
On Friday, Baylor regents gave a thumbs-up to the construction of a new $250-million stadium that will post up on the Waco campus and alongside the Brazos River. If Waco City Council green lights the $35 million tax increment financing zone funds that would be needed, then the 45,000-seat venue could be ready in time for the 2014 season.
More importantly, we could all say "good riddance" to the circa 1950 abomination that is the off-campus Floyd Casey Stadium. Too bad we can't bid adieu to just about every other college football venue in the state of Texas.
Think about it. With the exception of Texas' Darrell K. Royal Stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium (a.k.a. Dynamo Stadium, the new home of Texas Southern football) and quaint venues like Sam Houston State's Bowers Stadium and North Texas' one-year-old Apogee Stadium, most of the other big-time stadiums are dreadful.
Isn't it odd that a state so invested in football can't present the game in decent digs? Or maybe it doesn't matter since folks are so crazed that they'd sit on a railroad berm or in a hog trough if there was a football game going on nearby?
Either way, we rank the five lousiest, which doesn't include University of Houston's Robertson Stadium. Quite possibly the worst, plans are in the works to dismantle that piece and replace it with new one.
5. Texas Tech's Jones AT&T Stadium Even after recent remodels, the place always feels uncomfortable. Maybe it's the
4. UTEP's Sun Bowl It's actually not a terrible venue, just one of the worst on-field products. Maybe playing at this nearby stadium would make the Miners more tolerable to watch?
3.Texas A&M's Kyle Field The Aggies' cathedral seems even more sub-par when compared to the spots (Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium, LSU's Tiger Stadium) that the new members of the SEC will be playing. Probably why they're discussing tearing down the sucker.
2. Rice Stadium Though an upgrade is planned for the only on-campus stadium to host a Super Bowl, an empty seat is an empty seat and there are plenty at Rice games. (Hey, at least they'll be new-looking empty seats.)
1. Cotton Bowl Not a full-time college-football venue, but a full-time-at-sucking place, even during Texas-Oklahoma.
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