Houston planning new stadium

HOUSTON -- The University of Houston has unveiled early designs for a proposed new football stadium and renovated Hofheinz Pavilion for the Cougars.

The designs by the Los Angeles-based AECOM architectural firm were unveiled Thursday.

They include a 40,000-seat football stadium to be built on the site of the present Robertson Stadium, estimated to cost $120 million. The stadium would include 22 luxury suites and could be expended to 50,000 seats.

The designs for Hofheinz Pavilion would include two new practice courts, offices for the basketball and volleyball programs and 250 new seats courtside and 100 in a loge. Cost is estimated at $40 million.

A fundraising campaign now begins to finance the project.

The proposals were first reported by the Houston Chronicle and KRIV-TV in Houston.