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 move 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.

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, however there is still time to help enhance the student-facing and recruiting areas within the facility. Click here to make a gift, or contact Brian Mann, Director of Development for Athletics (713-348-6922) with any questions. Please remember when making a gift online, please include "Patterson Sports Performance Center" in the "Special Instructions" field .

The new building will have a glass wall on the side facing the football field that offers a view of the weight rooms on the ground and second floors. The other three sides will be made of brick that complements the color of the brick on the rest of the stadium. White columns supporting the roof will be similar to the columns in other parts of the stadium. A concrete ramp will provide access to the football field.

Fans will also benefit from the dramatic upgrade in facilities with the installation of a new Daktronics video system

The main video display will measure 29 feet high by 49 feet wide and will feature 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 will also feature two acoustically transparent video displays in front of the venue's speaker systems. These free-form LED stick applications will measure 29 feet high by 10 feet wide to provide additional video and graphics capabilities in a space typically used for fixed signage. These displays will provide flexibility to show multiple sponsorship messages throughout an event or additional graphics to pump up the crowd at key moments during the game. Rice is the second school in the country to implement the new technology and this installation is the largest of its kind.

The tarp-covered concrete area by the north end zone will be torn down to make room for the building. Part of the $31.5 million cost includes a $500,000 project to relocate electrical switchgear in that area; storm and sewer lines will be rerouted

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



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