May 17, 2013
WACO, Texas - At their spring meeting today, the Baylor University Board of Regents approved construction of phase one of a new on-campus track and field stadium.
Baylor Regents gave their approval to the $13.6 million track and field stadium, which will be built along the Brazos River on the far east side of the 93-acre Baylor Stadium property. The new facility - designed by Kansas City-based Populous, which also designed Baylor Stadium - will accommodate 5,000 spectators and include a 6,000-square-foot team building containing men's and women's team locker rooms, training room, meeting room and equipment space, and a 13,500-square-foot indoor practice facility.
In April 2012, the University received a significant lead gift from former Baylor track letterman Richard Woodall, BBA '80, MSEco '81, and his wife, Donna, for the new on-campus track stadium in honor of his father and mother, Lewis and Mary Woodall. During the 1920s, Baylor track and field teams competed at Carroll Field on the Baylor campus, before moving off campus to Waco Stadium (later called Municipal Stadium) around 1940. In 1960, Baylor opened Baylor Track Stadium, now known as the Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex on Clay Avenue near Floyd Casey Stadium.
Just as Baylor football returns to campus with the building of Baylor Stadium, so will Baylor's acclaimed track and field program with its new facility. One of the nation's most successful and prominent programs, Baylor's track and field program has produced nine Olympic gold medals, 36 NCAA championships and more than 600 All-America performances.
"We are excited about bringing Baylor track and field back to campus and constructing one of the premiere facilities in America," said Ian McCaw, director of athletics. "This project will enable Baylor track and field to build upon its long standing tradition of excellence and appeal to the next generation of elite student-athletes."
"It is a great and humbling day for the Baylor track and field family," said head track coach Todd Harbour. "It will be a huge blessing for us to be on campus with all of our other outstanding facilities. When completed, the overall facility, including the indoor workout area, will be one of the nation's finest track and field complexes. We thank all who have been involved in making this a reality."
Austin-Flintco will serve as the contractor. Construction is expected to begin this summer, with the project slated for completion in time for the spring 2015 track and field season.
The track and field stadium represents the final project in Baylor's Victory with Integrity campaign, a remarkably ambitious fundraising effort that raised more than $95 million, including $62 million to support new athletic facilities.