College football: Breaking down the Big 12, SEC facilities arms race

The Big 12 and SEC have often been at the center of the college football facilities arms race. Here's a look at the upgrades each school has undergone since 2009, along with future plans.
by Gina Mizell Modified: August 30, 2013 at 9:00 am •  Published: August 25, 2013

The Big 12 and SEC have often been at the center of the college football facilities arms race. Here's a look at the upgrades each school has undergone since 2009, along with future plans.

BIG 12 FACILITIES UPGRADES SINCE 2009 (INCLUDING FUTURE PLANS)

Baylor

The Bears' indoor practice facility was completed in 2009. But the major upgrade will come next season, when Baylor opens its sparkling $250-million stadium along the Brazos River. Its capacity will be 45,000, with plans to expand to 55,000, and will feature canopy shade for about half the seats. Also included are 39 suites, 79 loge boxes and 1,200 club seats.

Iowa State

The Bergstrom Football Complex, technically viewed as an addition to the indoor practice facility, was completed late last year. The 60,000-square-foot, $20.6 million project includes a weight room, locker room, meeting rooms, offices and a training and hydrotherapy room. The Cyclones got a new HD video board inside Jack Trice Stadium in 2011.

Kansas

The Jayhawks' indoor facility underwent renovations in 2011, including the installation of new turf.

Kansas State

K-State will open its West Stadium Center this fall, a $75 million renovation project to Bill Snyder Family Stadium that includes a dining hall for athletes, a “Tailgate Terrace,” lounge and premium seating options such as 40 suites, 36 loge boxes and 800 club seats with premier sight lines. Other fan amenities, such as restrooms and concessions, have also been upgraded.

TCU

The Horned Frogs unveiled their overhauled stadium in 2012, a $164-million project that increased capacity to 45,000, added suites, club seats and lounging on the west side and upgraded spectator amenities such as concession stands, restrooms and escalators. TCU also received a new locker room in 2012, along with an expanded sports medicine center and equipment room. A new two-story, 19,000-square-foot weight room opened in 2011, which is triple the size of the Horned Frogs' previous facility.

Texas

Locker room upgrades from 2011 include adding a nutrition bar, a players' lounge with video game consoles, a 60-inch LED screen and 135 new lockers connected to an exhaust system. Facilities also underwent significant renovations in 2009. The south end zone seating of Royal-Memorial Stadium was expanded to give it its current capacity of 100,119, and new FieldTurf was installed. A new academic center triple the size of the previous facility opened inside the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center. And a refurbished indoor practice area — separate from the Longhorns' “Bubble” — and new defensive meeting room were also completed inside the MNAC.

Texas Tech

Jones AT&T Stadium expanded its capacity to 60,454 in 2010 with the completion of its east stadium building. The football training facility underwent renovations beginning in 2009, including weight room and locker room upgrades and the installation of new turf. This fall, Tech will unveil the eighth-largest HD video board in college football and a revamped sound system.

West Virginia

West Virginia renovated its weight room this summer, expanding the already spacious 24,000-square-foot facility by another 2,000 square feet. There is also a 40-yard track and nutrition center inside the weight room.

SEC FACILITIES UPGRADES SINCE 2009 (INCLUDING FUTURE PLANS)

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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