Houston (CBS Houston) – The new home for the University of Houston Cougars football team is well on its way to completion prior to the team’s Aug. 29 home opener against the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners.
“Progress is good,” said Houston Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades. “We expect it to be completed by the twenty-ninth and were ready to play football.”
John O’Quinn field at TDECU stadium is a 40 thousand seat stadium and is on schedule. The university has been promised completion before the first game. Rhoades mentioned the company handling construction has even made arrangements for overtime for their workers should it be necessary.
Fans will notice the synthetic turf with differing shades of green. Rhoades says that was done to give off the impression of mowing patterns that would be found on grass fields.
The end zones are Houston’s scarlet red with white letters. Fans will notice a cougar silhouette in one end zone while a silhouette in the other end zone mimics the Houston skyline.
The skyline of the city is clearly visible from the west end of the field.
The sidelines feature the team’s website along with the hashtag “#GoCoogs.” The university’s logo adorns the middle of the field with the American Athletic Conference at the 25 yard-line.
“It’s been a tremendous project,” Rhoades said. “If you really think about we didn’t begin or break ground until January of ’13 so really 18 months to put a 40 thousand seat stadium. That takes a lot of coordination and a lot of work by not just by the university, but by our [construction partner] and all of its [employees] and we’re certainly very grateful.”
Rhoades said he is excited for the fans and athletes who have been yearning for a facility such as this one.
“It’s going to be a great facility that will do a lot not just for our football program, but for our entire athletics program and also our university.”