University of Houston TDECU Stadium

  • Client

    • University of Houston
  • Project Type

Design Achievement – The new University of Houston Stadium is designed to elevate the Cougar football program and provide an authentic game day experience for Houston fans and student-athletes. The DLR Group and Page design team altered the orientation for the new stadium to align with adjacent campus buildings and offer clear views of downtown Houston. The building exterior is comprised of two separate elements that work together to create a distinct personality for the stadium. The base is formed with a series of rectilinear forms that house conditioning and athletic support spaces. The ground level aligns seamlessly with the overall campus grid and uses familiar materials. Rising above the base is the second thematic element, dubbed the Cougar Cage, a permeable, patterned metal wrap that encloses the stadium. This unique façade uses striking red thematic elements within the wrap to convey movement and clear wayfinding cues to direct fans to stadium entrances.

Scope Summary – The new stadium has initial seating for 40,000. A phased masterplan allows for expansion and a capacity of 60,000 fans. A new stadium club is located only 25 feet above the field of play, placing it as close to the action as any similarly-sized facility in the country. Seating options include premium chairbacks, loge boxes, benchbacks, benches, party decks, and group areas. The stadium's south side features 26 suites stretching from end zone to end zone. The playing surface is synthetic turf. The east end of the stadium is home to the Bert F. Winston Band and Performance Center with recital halls, classrooms, multi-purpose areas, and ticket office. Adjacent to the main entry is a new Houston Cougar Hall of Fame. DLR Group provided planning and architectural design services.

UH Athletics' great video, The Houston Football Experience, shows how TDECU Stadium has impacted the University and works as a recruiting power.

Awards & Recognition

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  • Design Award

    American Institute of Architects (AIA), Houston
  • Design Award

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Austin
  • Merit Award

    American Institute of Architects (AIA), Nebraska
  • Houston Business Journal

    Landmark Award

University of Houston TDECU Stadium

University of Houston