Dedicated in 1924, Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium is a reminder of the historic football legacy at the University of Texas. To capture the passion for the burnt orange and white, the institution announced a massive expansion of the south end zone in May 2019. Nearly two years and a pandemic later, the athletics program welcomed back fans for a home football game opener on September 4, 2021.
“This is the first time in the history of Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium that the full building will be enclosed by a bowl,” says Drew Martin, executive senior associate athletics director, external affairs, University of Texas Athletics.
Although the stadium is impressive by itself, the multimillion-dollar south end zone expansion will have bigger and brighter details that will be highlighted on any given Saturday. Heading into 2021, Texas Athletics dealt with a handful of logistical challenges over the course of construction and the addition of a new head coach. The crew was able to power through the COVID-19 pandemic, but the out-of-nowhere elements of the winter storm in February halted progress. Not to be deterred, the Texas staff powered through to open the new space in time for the first home football game.
The guiding narrative for student-athletes, prospective student-athletes, families and staff is the one-of-a-kind experience found at Texas. Not only do the Longhorns provide unmatched college football tradition, Texas is the state’s flagship university in one of the country’s most dynamic cities. At the same time, UT creates an atmosphere where student-athletes can thrive in a new college athletic landscape, including personal branding and opportunities to grow off the field.