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Texas announces study to examine closing in south end of DKR

Posted March 10th, 2014

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Texas athletic officials have long talked about closing in the south end zone of Royal-Memorial Stadium. Athletic director Steve Patterson wants to see if its even possible.

The athletic department announced Monday that PricewaterhouseCoopers has been hired to begin a feasibility study on the project. The project’s cost, what benefits could be attained and stadium additions are all up for examination.

In a statement, Patterson said the department’s goal is to provide a superior game day experience for all fans and stakeholders.

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“The south end project is conceptual at this point,” Patterson said in the statement. “Any further planning will depend on a variety of factors to be studied over the next several months.”

Starting a construction project of this magnitude won’t be done in a vacuum. The school is already immersed with planning and construction of the Dell Medical School, which will require the demolition of the Erwin Center at some point. The American-Statesman outlined possible replacement sites for a new basketball venue on Monday.

The biggest reason to finish out the south end zone has nothing to do with adding more seats, although some will come. The athletic department wants to add more suites, which generate far more revenue over time.

The current football offices located in the Moncrief Athletics Complex will have to be taken into consideration, as will Texas’ giant video board nicknamed “Godzillatron.”

PricewaterhouseCoopers will also examine Texas’ financing options, according to the university release. As part of that research, the firm will be reaching out to Longhorn Foundation members to collect input on seating options and naming rights opportunities.

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