University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

ARCHIVE: UMHB preparing for groundbreaking of new stadium and student union

February 2, 2012
New stadium and student union building
New stadium and student union building

Belton, Texas-- A groundbreaking ceremony to kick off construction of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s new football stadium and student union building will be held on Friday, February 3, at 1:00 p.m.

UMHB trustees will gather alongside representatives of Turner Construction Company and the architectural firm Populous, students, faculty and staff to ceremonially break ground on the lower parking lot south of the Frank and Sue Mayborn Campus Center on University Drive. For the first time ever, friends of UMHB can view the proceedings live on the university’s Facebook page.

The new 8,000-10,000 capacity stadium and student union building will be built near the center of the campus on University Drive, adjacent to the Frank and Sue Mayborn Campus Center. By locating the complex near the Mayborn Center (which houses the university’s arena) and nearby intramural fields, the university will create a “student activity zone” surrounded by student residence halls and apartments.

“Our goal,” said President Randy O’Rear, “is to encourage students to become involved in many facets of campus life by placing these activity areas within easy walking distance of where our students live. We know that students who become involved in campus life are more likely to persist in their studies and graduate; we want our campus to be a place where our students are involved both in and out of the classroom in activities that help them learn and grow as we prepare them for successful lives of leadership and service.”

The combined cost of the student union building and the football stadium is expected to be more than $50 million. The timeline for the project calls for the complex to be completed by fall 2013.