October 28, 2010
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Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium

Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium

As Texas Football moves into the 21st century, Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium continues to evolve as a state-of-the-art facility at the forefront of college football.

Entering the 2009 season, expansion plans are being completed for upgraded south end zone seating, which will increase the stadium's capacity to 100,119, making it one of the largest in the nation.

In addition, construction is also being completed on Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletics Complex that will provide a new football academic center approximately three times the size of the previous area, along with a new indoor practice area, a hall of fame and a newly designed facility entrance.

Also, in June of 2009, installation of a new FieldTurf playing surface was completed, providing a state-of-the art surface that will not only hold up to challenging weather conditions, but also allow the stadium to be a multi-use facility.

In 2008, renovations to the north end zone, named the Red McCombs Red Zone, were completed with the addition of an upper deck, approximately 2,000 club seats and 44 suites. That end of the stadium also includes a new academic center for UT athletics, a war memorial plaza and food court.

Including the 2007 renovations to the lower deck of the north end zone, the project added a total of approximately 9,000 additional seats, raising capacity to 94,113 for the 2008 season.

Two major upgrades were made for the 2006 season, including a new video board and temporary bleacher seating in the south end zone, which expanded the stadium's capacity by over 4,000 seats to a total of 85,123.

The scoreboard is the nation's largest high-definition video display board thanks to DAKtronics. The $8-million Prostar Video Board is 55 feet high by 134 feet wide and will offer complete flexibility, with the capability to show one large single video image, multiple video images, and a combination of live or recorded video with real time scores and stats, out of town game information, sponsors' messages, graphics and animation.

In the past three years, the stadium has also had renovations to the press box, the Carpenter-Winkel Centennial Room and the interior of the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletics Complex, most notably to the players' lounge.

The stadium was previously renovated in August 1999 with the removal of the track and the lowering of the field by six feet to allow the addition of several rows of seats.

It was part of a $90 million-plus project that included removal of the artificial turf from the stadium, the construction of Frank Denius Fields practice facility, the Red and Charlene McCombs Softball Field, the Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium and extensive remodeling of Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium/Jamail Field and the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center.

The first stages of the ambitious project were completed in 1996. They included the installation of a sophisticated grass playing field in the stadium and the completion of the Frank Denius Practice Fields.

Progress continued in 1997 with the addition of 14 stadium suites on the west side. The first major construction to the facility since the upper deck was added in 1972 also included a total remodeling of the underside of the stands, including a new concession plaza and a visitors' locker room in the northwest corner of the stadium.

The changes that took place at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium for the 1998 football season included the addition of a 5,000-seat upper deck on the east side. The massive construction included 52 new stadium suites and a 13,000 square-foot private club room.

In the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center, significant expansion and upgrades included a new locker room, training room, trophy room, players' lounge, football academic center and an addition almost doubling the space in the strength and conditioning area.

The football coaching and academic staffs were moved to the facility, housing the key elements of the entire football program in a single complex for the first time.

The final phase of the construction began shortly after the 1998 season ended, when the 75-year-old stadium floor was excavated to a depth of six feet to allow a reconfiguration and addition of seats and the removal of the track to provide a more intimate football setting.

The final phase of the construction began shortly after the 1998 season ended, when the 75-year-old stadium floor was excavated to a depth of six feet to allow a reconfiguration and addition of seats and the removal of the track to provide a more intimate football setting.

Largest Crowds at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
1. 101,437 UCLA 2010
2. 101,357 Kansas 2009
3. 101,339 Wyoming 2010
4. 101,297 Texas Tech 2009
5. 101,152 Colorado 2009
6. 101,144 UTEP 2009
7. 101,096 ULM 2009
8. 101,003 Central Florida 2009
9. 98,621 Texas A&M 2008
10. 98,518 Oklahoma State 2008

Texas' All-Time Home Records (last updated 9/25/10)
All-time home record: 490-115-12 (.806)
At DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium (1924-present): 343-92-10 (.778)
At Clark Field (1896-1924): 136-21-2 (.862)
Prior to Clark Field (1893-95): 12-1 (.923)

Tale of the Turf

Memorial Stadium's field was natural grass from 1925-68.

Artificial turf was first applied to the Memorial Stadium floor in summer 1969. The turf also was replaced in 1974, '82 and '89.

UT returned to natural grass (Prescription Athletic Turf/PAT) in 1996.

The field was lowered and the grass (PAT) was replaced in 1999.

The PAT was replaced with TifSport Certified Bermuda grass in 2002.

Natural grass was replaced with FieldTurf in 2009.

Stadium Facts

Last game at Clark Field: Texas 7, Florida 7 (10/25/24)

First game at Memorial Stadium: Baylor 28, Texas 10 (11/8/24)
Attendance: 13,500

Memorial Stadium dedication game: Texas 7, Texas A&M 0 (11/27/24 - Thanksgiving Day)
Attendance: 35,000

First night game: Texas Tech 20, Texas 14 (9/17/55)
Attendance: 47,000

First game on Astro Turf: Texas 49, Texas Tech 7 (9/27/69)
Attendance: 65,200

Last game on Astro Turf: Texas 21, Baylor 13 (11/23/95)
Attendance: 58,497

First game at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium: Texas 40, Missouri 10 (8/31/96)
Attendance: 70,613

DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium dedication game: Notre Dame 27, Texas 24 (9/21/96)
Attendance: 83,312

Last game prior to track removal: Texas 26, Texas A&M 24 (11/27/98)
Attendance: 83,687


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