In early December the Texas Longhorns were able to land one of the most accomplished athletic directors in the nation with the hire of former TCU AD, Chris Del Conte. Del Conte is already making an immediate impact on the forty acres. From changing the student admission protocol for Longhorn sporting events to launching the #ThisIsTexasTour, Del Conte has wasted no time putting his stamp on Texas athletics.
Earlier this week, Del Conte announce his biggest project since arriving in Austin: the renovation and expansion of the south end zone of Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium. Rumors regarding south end zone expansion have been circulating around UT since 2014. With Del Conte’s leadership, it seems as if the vision will become reality within the next few years.
Del Conte reached out to Longhorn alumni and season ticket holders on Tuesday in an effort to gauge the interests and desires in the renovation project. A survey was sent out Wednesday morning, offering Longhorns fans a chance to make their case for what the renovation should include.
Texas fans, be on the lookout for an important survey in your inbox over the next few days. Here’s a sneak peak👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/ESCF7srXSi
— Chris Del Conte (@_delconte) April 24, 2018
The renovation plan would feature premium seating, new coaching offices, a new player lounge overlooking DKR and downtown Austin, new concessions stands, and much more. Perhaps the most noticeable addition will be a new video board so large that it will dwarf the previous Godzillatron.
Another interesting aspect of the renovation plan is the player tunnel. The tunnel will be designed similar to the Dallas Cowboys setup where the players walk through rows of fans before hitting the field.
— Rocky Osborn 🤘🏽🏈🧡 (@rockyknowsbest) April 25, 2018
Details regarding the exact cost and seating capacity of this renovation are still to be determined. This project is still fluid as Del Conte awaits the results of the surveys. However, it is fairly certain that a south end zone renovation is imminent. This project is slated to be completed no later than 2021.