Size: 60,000-sf
Completion: Fall 2016
Highlights: New home of Rice Football, strength and conditioning center, sports medicine center, auditorium, offices, lockers, lounges



An exciting new chapter in the storied history of Rice Stadium and Rice Athletics debuted August of 2016 when the Owls moved into their sparkling new end zone facility, the Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center.

The fully-funded $33 million project includes a 60,000-square-foot, two-story structure houses a weight room, a home team locker room, coaching and staff offices, an auditorium, a football team lounge and areas for training and sports medicine that include hydrotherapy, plunge pools and exam rooms. The weight room and sports medicine areas are available to student-athletes from all sports at Rice.

The entry area to the Patterson Center has become a center of activity throughout the year, hosting various receptions and special events in addition to serving as the dining area for the football team during training camp and season.

Rice alumnus and three-year football letterman Brian Patterson provided the naming gift for the facility and many other proud Owls have contributed to completely fund the project.

The Patterson Center features a glass wall facing the football field that offers a view of the weight rooms to fans and a panoramic view of Rice Stadium to student-athletes while working out. The brick on the outside of the center complement the color of the brick on the rest of the stadium while the white columns supporting the roof reference the columns in other parts of the stadium.

In addition to the dramatic upgrade to facilities for student-athletes, the Patterson Center also provided a quantum leap in fan experience with the installation of a new Daktronics video system.

The main video display measures 29 feet high by 49 feet wide and features a 13HD pixel layout for excellent image quality and contrast with wide-angle visibility to appeal to every seat in the stadium. The display is capable of showing one large image or it can be divided into multiple windows to show any combination of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics, animations and sponsorship messages.

The audio system, which was installed by Austin-based Big House Sound, Inc.. features 20 d&b audiotechnik J8 line array loudspeakers and eight V8 line array loudspeakers - all powered by d&b's newest technology in their 30D amplifiers.

Rice Stadium was the second school in the country to feature two acoustically transparent video displays in front of the venue's speaker systems. These free-form LED stick applications measure 29 feet high by 10 feet wide providing additional video and graphics capabilities in a space typically used for fixed signage. These displays add the to show multiple sponsorship messages throughout an event or additional graphics to pump up the crowd at key moments during the game.

The architect for the project was HKS, which built the Cowboys stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the Colts stadium in Indianapolis. Anslow Bryant was the general contractor.



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