When Baylor Stadium debuts in August 2014, the Hart-Patterson Track Complex will claim the honor of being Baylor’s oldest existing athletic facility. But it will hold that title for less than a year, as Regents this month approved a new track and field stadium to be built next door to Baylor football’s new home, with an expected completion date of spring 2015.
The 5,000-seat facility (pictured above) is being designed by Populous, the firm that designed Baylor Stadium, and will be built on the far east side of the Baylor Stadium property. In addition to the stadium, the complex will also include a 13,500-square-foot indoor practice facility and a 6,000-square foot team building with locker rooms, training and meeting rooms and equipment space. Former Baylor track letterman Richard Woodall, BBA ’80, MSEco ’81, and his wife, Donna, got things rolling last spring with a lead gift toward the $13.6 million project.
Once the new track and field facility comes online, Baylor athletics’ oldest facility will be the Ferrell Center, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary this fall. Baylor Ballpark, Getterman Stadium, Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field, the Hurd Tennis Center, Bailey Golf Center and Willis Equestrian Center have all opened in the last 15 years, giving Baylor one of the finest collections of athletic facilities in the nation.
Sic ’em, Baylor track and field!