July 17, 2013
Waco, Texas -
Although kick off in the new $260 million Baylor Stadium is still 410 days away, the excitement continues to build, as the balance of the club seat inventory sold-out within 30 minutes after the Baylor Bear Foundation staff opened its office doors this morning.
"The response of Baylor Nation to the Stadium premium seating opportunities has been truly extraordinary," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "The successful sale of the founder's and premium suites, loge boxes and club seats in such a brief period of time speaks to the incredible passion our fans have for Baylor football and the excitement regarding Baylor Stadium. Moreover, the record-setting season ticket sales for the 2013 season will ensure that we have the best Game Day atmosphere in program history to cheer on Coach Briles' team."
Since Baylor's Board of Regents formally approved the new football stadium in July 2012, the Baylor Bear Foundation has partnered with University Development to sell all six of the new stadium's Founder's Suites, 36 premium suites, 79 loge boxes in just three weeks, as well as all 1,100 Bear Heights Stadium Club seats. There is now a waiting list for club seats, which are scheduled to be selected via an on-line system later this fall.
"Baylor football and the new stadium in particular are enjoying incredible momentum, and we are grateful to all of those who have given so generously in support of this project," said Doug Smith, Executive Associate Athletics Director/Baylor Bear Foundation Executive Director. "This response shows incredible support for Coach Briles, our football program and the University in general."
The Bear Heights club seating is located on the 200 level of the west side of the new stadium, stretching between the 5-yard lines on each end of the field. Amenities include seating with cushioned backs and bottoms; extra seat width (two inches more than most Bear Heights seats at Floyd Casey Stadium); additional legroom (six inches more tread between rows than the ones at Floyd Casey Stadium); access to the climate-controlled Bear Heights Club; and on-site parking.
Access to the 18,000-square-foot Bear Heights Club will be limited to ticket holders for the suites, loge boxes and club seating. Located conveniently behind the seating area, the club will offer indoor dining space, dedicated restrooms, food and beverage, as well as access to elevator/escalator entrances from the main level.
The $260 million on-campus stadium is under construction on a 93-acre site at the intersection of Interstate 35, one of the nation's busiest highways, and the Brazos River, the longest waterway in the state of Texas. The stadium will hold 45,000 spectators, with the flexibility to expand to 55,000, and feature the Shelia and Walter Umphrey Pedestrian Bridge that will cross the Brazos and connect the stadium to the campus in the area of Baylor Law School. While returning the Baylor football experience to campus for the first time since the 1920s, the Baylor Stadium project is expected to help stimulate riverfront development, revitalize downtown Waco and bring jobs and economic development to the region.
"Response from our donors has really been remarkable," said Baylor Senior Director of Athletic Development Greg Davis. "The level of excitement and generosity from Baylor Nation today is greater than it's ever been; which, for our university, for our coaches and for our student-athletes, is wonderful to see. "This kind of support is what allows Baylor University to continue to move forward, both academically and athletically, to become an elite school."
In addition to the generous support of Baylor Stadium's suites, loge boxes and club seating areas, fans have purchased some 2,159 bricks as part of the Baylor Stadium Brick Campaign, which will continue through spring 2014. These brick pavers will be incorporated into the new March of the Bears at Baylor Stadium in 2014.
While there has been tremendous enthusiasm for the Aug. 31, 2014, opener vs. SMU at the new Baylor Stadium, Bears fans are also scooping up 2013 season football tickets for Floyd Casey Stadium's 64th and final campaign that begins Aug. 31 against Wofford. As of July 17, a record 20,054 season tickets have been sold for the 2013 season, marking the ninth time in the past 10 seasons Baylor season football ticket sales have increased. The 2013 total is nearly 3,000 better than last year's then-record mark.
Fans looking to purchase 2013 season tickets may still do so by visiting www.BaylorBears.com/tickets, and single-game tickets for all home games except the Dec. 7 finale against Texas go on sale Aug. 7. Texas single-game tickets will go on sale to current season ticket holders and Bear Foundation members on Aug. 5 and through a unique promo code provided by the Baylor Network to the extended Baylor family Sept. 10. Any remaining tickets after those sales will be made available to the general public on Sept. 24.