University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

ARCHIVE: Master Plan Projects in the News

February 16, 2012
New UMHB Football Stadium
New UMHB Football Stadium

See news clip here: YNN (You News Network) reports on the statues of Campus Master Plan projects.

A master plan for the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton is finally turning into reality.

Tuesday, the Belton City Council approved a zoning request that will move forward construction of a brand new stadium and student union.

"As we have grown as we have become a little bit larger, larger enrollment, we've gotten to a point where we're ready to do this," UMHB Vice President of Administration Steve Theodore said.

For the past 15 years, the Belton Independent School District allowed the university to use its football stadium.

The new stadium, which will have a capacity of 8,000 to 10,000 fans, raised some questions at the meeting. Belton Mayor Jim Covington said he’s worried about game day traffic.

"The majority of the council believes the traffic plan now is adequate,” he said. “If it gets to having 10,000 people at the venue, it's obviously not going to be, but we average 3,000 to 4,000.”

By the end of the meeting, with no public comments opposing the request, the council approved the new zoning in a 5-to-1 vote.

The new stadium and student union is part of a larger $100 million campus master plan approved by the board of trustees last year.

"Now is a great time to build, and provide these cutting edge resources for our students,” Theodore said.

The stadium and student union is estimated to cost about $50 million.

There’s also work underway on a new performing arts center and nursing building. Funding for those projects are paid for through gifts, grants, debt and funds set aside for improvements.

The stadium and student union are expected to be completed by fall of 2013.