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Royal Memorial Stadium, Austin, USA

July 10th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, USA is home to The University of Texas at Austin Longhorn football team. The current official stadium capacity is 80,082, but an attendance record of 84,082 people occurred in 1999 during a game against the University of Nebraska.

As of 2005-2006, the stadium is undergoing renovations, with stage one consisting mainly of updates in concordance with newer fire safety codes and stage two consisting of seating expansion in the north end zone.

The stadium was commissioned to replace Clark Field and its old wooden bleachers. Originally, named Memorial Stadium and built in 1924, the new stadium had a capacity of 27,000. It was designed as a dual-purpose facility with a 440-yard track surrounding the football field.

Memorial Stadium was dedicated to the memory of all University alumni who had died in World War I. Since, the stadium has been rededicated to all alumni in all American wars. The University of Texas honored legendary football coach Darrell K. Royal in 1996 by officially naming the stadium after him. In 1997, in recognition of UT law school alumnus and benefactor Joe Jamail, the University named the football playing field Joe Jamail Field.

The stadium has been expanded several times since its original opening, most recently in 1999. The stadium is currently undergoing renovations that do not include expansion of the seating capacity, though an expansion plan, to be completed in 2008, will.

Regents approved a US$149.9 million expansion plan to include a new memorial plaza and new north end zone structure that is scheduled to be completed in August 2008. The new outdoor plaza at the northwest corner will be a memorial to veterans, with a bronze tablet honoring Texas World War I deaths, a monument, landscaping and new stadium entry gates between two towers rising 115 feet, same as the towers in the east grandstand. The expansion also consists of replacing the north end zone structure with a multi-level complex that includes additional seats, club space, suites, athletic offices, academic-advising areas and a basement with gym space. Seating capacity overall will rise to more than 90,000 from the current 80,082, surpassing Texas A&M University's Kyle Field as the largest football stadium in Texas.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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