McLane Stadium south endzone construction photo July 16, 2014
(expandable to 55,000)
|Broke ground||September 15, 2012|
|Opened||August 29, 2014|
|Construction cost||$266 million|
|Structural engineer||Buro Happold|
|Services engineer||M-E Engineers, Inc.|
|General contractor||Flintco/Austin Commercial|
|Baylor Bears (NCAA) (2014–present)|
McLane Stadium is a football stadium in Waco, Texas. It is owned and operated by Baylor University. Originally named "Baylor Stadium," it was announced in December 2013, that the name would be changed to McLane Stadium in honor of alum and business magnate Drayton McLane Jr., who provided the lead gift to kick-start the project. It officially became the home of Baylor football on August 31, 2014, when the Bears defeated SMU 45–0. The stadium has a capacity of 45,140 spectators and is expandable to 55,000. McLane Stadium replaced Floyd Casey Stadium as the home of Baylor Bears football.
The first game at the stadium was a high school game between Aledo High School and Cedar Park High School on August 29, 2014, won 21–17 by Aledo. The first college football game was a 45–0 Baylor win over SMU in the season opener for both teams on August 31. The Bears followed up their first victory with a 70-6 win over Northwestern State.
In addition to sporting events, Baylor University and the City of Waco plan to use the venue to host concerts and other community events. The stadium also features Baylor Club, a dining and event club located on the stadium's western side. Baylor Club's ballroom offers floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the field and panoramic views of the Brazos River and the City of Waco.
The stadium contains 39 suites, 74 Loge boxes, 1,200 outdoor club seats, 3,000 Baylor Line seating, and 6,700 total student designated seating. It is one of three stadiums (along with Neyland Stadium and Husky Stadium) where fans can arrive at the stadium by boat (the stadium is located along the Brazos River where it crosses I-35).
Construction of the stadium included the installation of a large high-definition LED video board behind the south endzone. The video board totals 5,029 square feet and ranks as the 13th largest college football video board in the nation. The stadium also features ribbon displays spanning the stadium's horseshoe configuration and measuring 1,254 feet in length. In addition to these features, Baylor released an in-game mobile app to enhance the gameday experience. This app enables fans to stream live footage, watch game replays from a variety of angles, and access up-to-the-minute game statistics. To accommodate usage of the app, the stadium outfitted the entire stadium with free Wi-Fi. The video board at Baylor's previous football stadium, Floyd Casey Stadium, was installed at the University's baseball venue, Baylor Ballpark.
Inside the stadium, Baylor constructed a 7,500-square-foot home locker room. The locker room, which was designed as an oval in the shape of a football, features over 120 cherry wood lockers. Additionally, the center of the room's ceiling features a large illuminated "BU" logo.
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