Dec. 7, 2012
WACO, Texas - Fueled by the enthusiasm of three consecutive bowl game appearances for the first time in school history, the sold-out sign has been placed on two of the four premium suite categories at the new 45,000-seat Baylor Stadium--as the six Founder's Suites and nine Midfield suites have all been sold, despite the fact that the Bears' first football game won't be played there until fall 2014.
"The response to the Baylor Stadium project from our top donors has truly been extraordinary," said Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "We are achieving unprecedented development success, and I am grateful to our generous supporters and appreciative to the development team for the excellent work that is being done. We have had a number of promising conversations regarding the remaining suites, and expect that they will go very quickly."
Coach Art Briles' 2012 Bears closed the season with three straight victories and four wins in their last five games to finish 7-5 and earn a bid to the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl later this month in San Diego. It marks the first time in the program's 111-year history Baylor has played in three consecutive bowl games and it has registered 7 or more wins in three straight seasons (7 in 2010, a school-record tying 10 in 2011 and 7 in 2012 entering the bowl game) for the first time since the 1949 (7), 1950 (8) and 1951 (8) campaigns.
All-told, 85 percent of the stadium's 36 premium suites have been spoken for since June 2012, as more than $150 million has been committed to the $250 million project, which includes the City of Waco's $35 million Tax Increment Fund contribution. Remaining premium suites are located in the sideline and goal line categories.
Early in 2013, the next phase of the stadium fundraising campaign will begin, as fans will be able to purchase one of the stadium's 79 loge boxes. A Loge Box is a semi-private, outdoor seating option with four movable chairs and access to the Stadium Club. A Loge Box will require a capital construction gift toward the stadium project as well as an annual Baylor Bear Foundation membership and ticket purchase.
It is expected that sales for Bear Heights Club seats, which will require a capital gift toward the stadium as well as the annual Baylor Bear Foundation membership and ticket purchase, will start next summer, with the remaining premium seat inventory going on sale to Bear Foundation members early in 2014 and non-Bear Foundation members in spring 2014.
The new on-campus Baylor Stadium is being built on a 93-acre site on Interstate 35, one of the nation's busiest highways, traversed by more than 42 million drivers annually. The stadium will hold 45,000 spectators, with the flexibility to expand to 55,000 in the future. It also will feature a bridge crossing the Brazos River and connecting the stadium to the campus, canopy shading for half of all seats throughout the day, open concourses with views directly into the stadium, suites, loge boxes, indoor and outdoor club seating, designated seating for Baylor students and the Baylor band, and a Stadium Club for year-round use.
Baylor played its first football game on campus in 1899, but has played in an off-campus stadium since 1936 and in Floyd Casey Stadium since 1950.
For more information about premium suites at the new Baylor Stadium or other lead gift opportunities, contact Doug Smith, Executive Director of the Baylor Bear Foundation, at 254.710.2582 or Baylor's Senior Director of Development Greg Davis, at 254.710.8456.