Members of the Rice community who are unable to attend today's ceremonial groundbreaking ceremonies for the Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center will be able to view the event through a free webcast. Ceremonies are slated to begin at 2 p.m. in Section 107 of Rice Stadium.
The ceremony will feature remarks by by Rice President David Leebron, Rice Board of Trustees Chair Bobby Tudor, Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard, head football coach David Bailiff and alumnus Brian Patterson, a three-year letterman in football who provided the naming gift for the fully-funded $31.5 million facility.
Scheduled to open in time for the 2016 football season, The Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center includes a 60,000-square-foot, two-story structure that will house 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 will be available to student-athletes from all sports at Rice.
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.
A live construction camera is also available to follow the process of the construction of the new complex in the north end zone of Rice Stadium.